Dear Salve Regina students,
I hope that your first few days on campus are going smoothly and that you are settling into a routine with your coursework and activities. It has been a pleasure to encounter many familiar faces and meet our new students as I move about campus.
For many of you, this is your first full weekend in Newport. I know that you are eager to socialize, and under normal circumstances you would be heading to social gatherings at off-campus residences, on local beaches or in city parks.
You can still do those things – but as I outlined in my welcome video to you, please do them while limiting gatherings to 15 people (and holding them outdoors wherever possible), wearing your mask, washing your hands and practicing social distancing.
We are fortunate to have just one confirmed case of coronavirus so far – but that can change in an instant. As stated in the Salve Pledge, our layered approach to keeping campus open relies on your commitment to adhering to University guidelines and encouraging your peers to share that responsibility.
I need to direct your attention to the expectations and sanctions outlined in the COVID-19 addendum to the student code of conduct, but before we talk about that, please watch this video to see some safe and healthy activities that you can do this weekend and throughout the fall.
Hosting or attending large gatherings off campus comes with consequences and potential health risks. Students who host or attend parties or large social gatherings will be referred to the Dean of Students Office for formal disciplinary action, which may include dismissal, suspension, removal from campus housing or a requirement to complete classes remotely.
While resident students may visit other campus residences, room occupancy is limited to double the room residency. Non-Salve Regina guests are not allowed in the residence halls at any times. This includes package and food delivery personnel.
Masks and Face Coverings
You are expected to follow state and University guidelines on masks and face coverings. You are required to wear a mask while in campus buildings, common areas and public outdoor campus spaces, and must wear a mask when off campus as well. Masks must cover the nose and mouth.
You should maintain a physical distance of at least six feet while on and off campus when applicable. Salve Regina has established social distancing measures such as specific directions of hallway and stairway travel, increased spacing in rooms, reduced room capacity, bathrooms designated for specific individuals and others. You are expected to follow these directions and all campus signage.
Health and Safety
You are expected to frequently wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitizer when handwashing is not possible. You are expected to support our efforts to maintain a clean environment and cooperate with instructions on cleaning or disinfecting your assigned living space. Do not share food and drinks, or kitchen items such as dishes, cups and utensils.
Remember that you are living alongside long-time and permanent residents of your neighborhoods, while you are transient members. You are expected to exercise good judgment and follow all COVID-19 guidelines when you are not on campus. Your neighbors will be concerned if they see you not wearing masks or walking in large groups and not social distancing. Your neighbors are on high alert – if you host a party or large gathering, police will be notified and they will respond swiftly.
Non-Compliance and Sanctions
You are expected to be respectful to others who may remind you if you are not wearing a mask or observing social distancing practices. You will be held accountable for non-compliance, and we will enforce violations through our existing code of conduct. While minor violations may result in simple reminders to abide by the guidelines, more serious violations may initiate the formal conduct process by the Dean of Students Office.
Our conduct process seeks to educate students about their responsibilities as members of the campus community. However, the current pandemic may necessitate more serious consequences for certain behaviors, including dismissal, suspension, removal from campus housing or a requirement to complete classes remotely. These behaviors include, but are not limited to, hosting or attending parties and large social gatherings on or off campus, refusing to wear a mask and/or repeatedly failing to comply with policies, failing to follow health protocols and violating guest visitation policies.
If you have questions or concerns about the expectations and sanctions outlined here, please don’t hesitate to contact the Dean of Students Office at (401) 341-2145 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are located in Miley Hall, Room 118.
I wish you a safe, healthy and successful semester, and I look forward to seeing you around campus.
J. Malcolm Smith
Vice President for Student Affairs