Sept. 16 - To the Salve Regina community: Keep our community healthy and safe

Dear Salve Regina community,

As reported in the news, several New England colleges and universities – even those with vaccine requirements – have recently seen a high number of positive COVID-19 cases among their student populations, and some have implemented temporary restrictions as a result.

We do not want these outcomes at Salve Regina. Please recognize the important role you play in ensuring that the University remains healthy and open throughout the academic year. We are all craving as much normalcy as possible, but it’s critical that we adhere to the commitments outlined in the Salve Pledge and the COVID-19 addendum to the student code of conduct:

  • Wear your mask properly in all indoor public spaces on campus, regardless of your vaccination status. You are also encouraged to wear a mask while indoors in public spaces off campus.
  • Monitor yourself regularly for symptoms of COVID-19. If you don’t feel well, stay home and get tested.
  • Keep your social circle to small, consistent groups. If you live on campus, remember that your room occupancy is limited to double the room residency.
  • Follow current isolation and quarantine guidelines if you are exposed to or test positive, even if asymptomatic.

Please carefully review the additional health and safety reminders below, and be respectful to others who may remind you about University guidelines for containing the pandemic. We’re all counting on each other.

Symptomatic Testing

Undergraduate students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should utilize on-campus testing so that we can provide resources and track data. During business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday), call Health Services at (401) 341-2904 Ext. 3 for evaluation and testing. During evenings and weekends, call Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325 for evaluation and possible transportation to an external testing site.

Asymptomatic Testing

As required by the Rhode Island Department of Health, members of our community who are not vaccinated are participating in regular surveillance testing. Individuals who are fully vaccinated may also be required to participate in targeted surveillance testing.

We are not offering on-demand asymptomatic testing at this time. To find external testing sites, visit covid.ri.gov/testing.

If You Test Positive Through External Testing

If you test positive at an external testing site, you must notify the University so that contact identification can be implemented immediately. During business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday), call Health Services at (401) 341-2904 Ext. 3. During evenings and weekends, call Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325.

Close Contacts

We will always notify anyone we identify as a close contact of a positive case. Notification typically happens within 24-48 hours of that case being identified. Please keep a daily log of your activities to aid in contact tracing should the need arise.

If you are fully vaccinated or have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you will not have to quarantine if identified as a close contact. Fully vaccinated undergraduate students who are identified as a close contact will be tested as soon as possible and again on day five, and will be asked to quarantine if they become symptomatic.

If you are not vaccinated, you will be required to quarantine for seven days if identified as a close contact. Unvaccinated undergraduate students who are identified as a close contact will be tested as soon as possible and again on day five.

Being a Good Neighbor

Off-campus students should recognize that there are long-time and permanent residents of their neighborhoods who have the right to enjoy a reasonable level of peace and quiet. Also keep in mind that hosting or attending large gatherings off campus comes with health risks and potential consequences. We will respond promptly to complaints from neighbors or law enforcement and will follow up with appropriate disciplinary action.

Although they may not violate city ordinances or laws, behaviors such as public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, loud music, etc. do not meet our good neighbor expectations and will not be tolerated.

Speeding on Campus

Speeding is also a concern on campus and throughout neighborhood streets. Please use caution and drive slowly on all city streets, especially those closest to campus such as Webster, Annandale, Narragansett and Middleton where there are few sidewalks and many families. Be cautious of fellow students walking throughout campus on Ochre Point, Ruggles, Shepard, Leroy and Webster, and make note of all crosswalks. Students, faculty and staff should use the main entrance to campus, with limited traffic on Webster Street.

Streets extending from Spring to lower Thames, such as McAllister, Lee, Holland, Hammond and Carey, are also narrow with obstructed views of stop signs and sidewalks. This section of Newport (Fifth Ward) is also heavily populated with families in addition to Salve Regina rental properties.