January 2022 Onboarding and Orientation

Welcome to Salve Regina! You will soon begin the next phase of your academic journey as a member of our campus community. This webpage provides important information you will need to make your transition to the University as seamless as possible.

With public health officials warning about the impact of the highly contagious omicron variant in the first half of January, we are taking new actions to preserve the entirety of the semester and the in-person academic experience. Accordingly, Salve Regina will delay the start of the spring semester by one week, with all classes beginning Monday, Jan. 17.

Spring classes will end Friday, April 22 as planned, with spring break, senior week and Commencement remaining on schedule. To compensate for the later start, four instructional days will be added to the academic calendar – Jan. 17, Feb. 21, April 15 and April 18. Faculty will have the option to make up the fifth instructional day on Saturday, April 23 or asynchronously. Updated academic calendars will be posted to the website before Christmas.

The decision to hold classes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents Day, as well as to shorten the Easter break, was not made lightly. We recognize the civic and religious importance of those holidays and the disruption these changes will mean for our students, employees and families. Still, as a University guided by its mercy mission – and what that means in terms of our obligations to others – we concluded that delaying the start of the semester is essential given the disease forecasts in the coming weeks.

You are required to be fully vaccinated unless you are approved for a medical or religious exemption. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. 

We will also require a booster shot for all vaccinated students by March 1. Approved medical and religious exemptions will remain in effect. If you will not be eligible for a booster by March 1, please contact Health Services at (401) 341-2904 or healthservices@salve.edu.

To submit your vaccination and booster records:

  • Log in to the health portal with your Salve Regina credentials.
  • In the "My Forms" menu at the top of the page, select and complete the "COVID vaccination form" and the "COVID booster form."

Health Services will assess requests for medical and religious exemptions on a case-by-case basis.

International students: A WHO-approved vaccine is acceptable for international students. To board a plane for the United States, you must be fully vaccinated and must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than one day before travel. See the CDC website for more details.

You are required to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to arriving on campus and/or attending in-person classes regardless of your vaccination status.

  • You must be tested within the three days prior to your check-in date.
  • Given noted challenges to testing availability, we will accept an at-home rapid (antigen) test for pre-arrival testing. It must be labeled with your name and the date it was taken. Take a picture of this to present at onboarding as verification of a negative test. Please take the test 24-72 hours prior to arrival.
  • We will also accept a PCR or antigen (rapid) test administered through a testing site. To find a testing site near you, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website. Please bring a paper or digital copy of your negative test with your name and test date visible
  • We will also accept PCR tests from Let's Get Checked, a company that provides at-home testing kits to return via overnight shipping. If you plan to use this service, please order your kit well in advance, but be sure to swab and return no sooner than three days before your check-in date. Please bring a paper or digital copy of your negative test with your name and test date visible
  • If you arrive without a negative test, you will be directed to a local testing site. You will not receive your Salve Regina ID until you return with a negative test result.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do not need to participate in pre-arrival testing. Please bring paper or digital confirmation with your name, test date and positive result visible.

As an extra layer of precaution, you will receive a second test administered by the University as part of the onboarding process. You must take this test between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Rodgers Recreation Center. This second test will not be administered unless proof of testing prior to arrival is provided.

If You Test Positive

If you test positive for COVID-19 during pre-arrival testing, you will be expected to isolate at your permanent residence prior to returning to campus. Please email documentation of your positive result to healthservices@salve.edu and residencelife@salve.edu (if you live on campus). You will also need to coordinate your arrival date with Residence Life.

You must register for check-in and onboarding through the orientation registration form. Available dates are: 

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, Miley Hall, Room 118
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, O’Hare Academic Building lobby

During the onboarding process, we will verify the following:

  • Your immunization and health records are on file.
  • Your COVID-19 vaccination status is on file.
  • You have a negative COVID-19 test taken within the past three days.
  • You do not have any financial holds on your account.
  • You have signed the Salve Pledge.

You will receive your Salve Regina ID for access to campus buildings. Resident students and early arrivals who are staying on campus temporarily will also receive their room code/key.

You will also receive a second test administered by the University as part of the onboarding process. You must take this test between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Rodgers Recreation Center. This second test will not be administered unless proof of testing prior to arrival is provided.

Our orientation program will provide you with an educational and engaging introduction to life at Salve Regina. You will meet fellow new students, learn about University resources and explore the campus. Please note that orientation programming is mandatory for all new students.

Orientation for all new students will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14. Additional engagement opportunities will be offered Saturday, Jan. 15 and Sunday, Jan. 16.

Orientation registration form

Our orientation program is intentionally designed to ensure the success of our newest Seahawks. The day will include the following sessions:

  • Seahawk commitment
  • Academic experience 
  • Peer to peer engagement 
  • Support services
  • Campus tour
  • First Year Transitions meetup

Questions? Email the Office of Student Engagement at sruorientation@salve.edu.

New students are required to complete an online module that is part of Salve Regina’s sexual harassment/assault prevention program. In the coming days, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing the module and the due date. You will have plenty of time to complete the module. 

Questions? Email Timothy Dunn, interim assistant dean of students and Title IX coordinator, at timothy.dunn@salve.edu.