Students are expected to represent the University in a positive manner at all times. In keeping with its mission and sense of civic responsibility, the University strives to address the concerns of citizens regarding Salve Regina students; therefore, living off campus does not circumvent one's responsibility as a member of the Salve Regina community with the obligation to abide by the student code of conduct.
Those whose behavior is inconsistent with University and community standards are subject to disciplinary action through the student code of conduct process. The state of Rhode Island, the city of Newport and the towns of Middletown and Portsmouth have laws and ordinances which promote good order in the community. As residents of these local communities, students living off campus are bound by these local ordinances and their conduct is to be compatible with those neighborhood ordinances. Consequences for violations may be costly and may result in a permanent criminal record. The University will respond promptly to complaints from neighbors, law enforcement and community members and if necessary, follow with appropriate disciplinary action.
Being a Good Neighbor
Salve Regina students living off campus must understand and recognize that there are long-time and permanent residents of their neighborhoods, while students are transient members. Families living in Newport have the right to enjoy a reasonable level of peace and quiet. Students are expected to exercise good judgment and be aware of their neighbors' needs.
While certain behavior may not violate city ordinance or law, it is important to keep in mind that certain behavior will not be tolerated by the University. Behavior including but not limited to public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, loud music, etc. does not meet the University good neighbor expectations.
Noise: Music and general noise should be kept at a reasonable level at all times, and be in accordance with Newport/Middletown laws and ordinances. Students are responsible for the noise created by guests.
Automobiles and parking: Students should abide by all Newport/Middletown parking regulations. Students are also expected to exercise common sense. Never obstruct a driveway or street, and never park on someone else's property.
Trash: Students should abide by all Newport/Middletown trash removal procedures. Students can incur citations and fines by not disposing of their trash properly.
Social host laws: As a social host, one assumes all risks and liabilities associated with state and local laws regarding drinking, age, noise and public safety when guests are hosted in one's home. Court decisions may hold a host liable for personal injury or property damage caused to a third party as the result of irresponsible service of alcoholic beverages to guests, and the liability is compounded when minors are involved. Learn more about social hosting laws.