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Sept. 10 - To students: Code of conduct expectations and sanctions

Dear Salve Regina students,

I hope that your first few days are going smoothly and that you are settling into a routine. It has been a pleasure to meet so many of you as I move about campus.

We all want to live and learn as normally as possible this fall, and we all have a shared responsibility to keep our campus community healthy and safe. Thank you for signing the Salve Pledge, which has been updated with our expectations for this academic year.

With that in mind, I ask you to carefully review the guidelines and sanctions detailed in the COVID-19 addendum to the student code of conduct, many of which are summarized below. Please commit to following our current guidelines and recognize that the University may change protocols and expectations at any time.

Housing Protocols for Resident Students

  • Occupancy in residence hall rooms is limited to double the room residency (i.e. two in a single, four in a double).
  • Resident students are permitted to have non-Salve Regina visitors. All guests must follow University policies on masking and social distancing.
  • Students who are temporarily living in quarantine/isolation housing may not have guests under any circumstances.

Housing Protocols for Off-Campus/Commuter Students

  • Students residing off campus should remember that many of their neighbors are long-time residents and deserve respect and cooperation in upholding all COVID-19 protocols.
  • Hosting or attending gatherings off campus comes with potential health risks and consequences to oneself and others. As guidance changes frequently, students are responsible for knowing and abiding by all Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and CDC guidelines. 

Indoor Mask Requirement

  • Following current RIDOH and CDC guidance, Salve Regina has instituted a mask requirement for all indoor public spaces on campus, regardless of vaccination status. This requirement is in effect until further notice.
  • This temporary safety measure will remain in place until COVID-19 transmission rates have declined sufficiently in Newport County and any changes will be communicated via email and digital signage.
  • Students are also encouraged to wear a mask while indoors in public spaces off campus.
  • Masks should fit snugly but comfortably over the nose, mouth and chin without any gaps. Masks with two or more layers of a washable, breathable fabric are recommended by RIDOH. Gaiters and face shields are not recommended. If you choose to wear a disposable mask, please dispose of it properly.

Dining on Campus

  • Patrons should remain masked up to the point of starting a snack or meal, remove their mask to eat, and then re-mask immediately when finished.
  • Food and beverage are permitted in the McKillop Library cafe, however only covered beverages are permitted outside of the designated cafe area in the library. Masks are required at all times and should only be lowered to take a drink of your beverage.

Classrooms

  • Students and faculty are expected to wear masks at all times in the classroom.
  • Food and beverages will not be permitted in the classroom. 

Health Monitoring, Testing and Vaccines

  • Students are expected to monitor their health on a daily basis. Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend classes or in-person events and should contact Health Services for assistance.
  • Students may be required to participate in regular testing as requested and provided by the University. Testing is a requirement for all unvaccinated students.
  • Students will share information relevant for contact identification, including a daily log of contacts, with appropriate University officials.
  • Students will consider obtaining a flu vaccine. 

Quarantine and Isolation

  • Salve Regina may require students to quarantine in their own residence or isolate in alternative housing if their continued presence is deemed a health or safety risk to the University community.
  • Failure to comply with quarantine and isolation instructions, as well as residence life policies and assignments, will result in student conduct sanctions.

Violations and Sanctions

  • Students will be held accountable for non-compliance or not following proper direction and guidance. Salve Regina will enforce violations of these protocols through its existing student code of conduct.
  • Minor violations may be addressed with simple reminders to abide by the University’s COVID-19 guidelines. More serious violations, including direct refusals to adhere to mitigation efforts, may initiate the formal conduct process by the Dean of Students Office.
  • While Salve Regina’s student conduct process seeks to educate students about their responsibilities as members of the campus community, the pandemic may necessitate more serious consequences for certain behaviors.
  • Violations that include deliberate non-compliance with University protocols, such as masking, testing and quarantine/isolation, are deemed high risk and will require immediate action. Sanctions may include disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience as we continue to navigate this ever-changing pandemic. If you have questions or concerns about the expectations outlined here, please don’t hesitate to contact the Dean of Students Office at (401) 341-2145 or deanofstudents@salve.edu.

I wish you a safe, healthy and successful semester.

Kathleen Farley
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students