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There are currently no presumptive or confirmed cases of coronavirus at Salve Regina. Out of interest for the safety of the University community, Salve Regina has extended plans for remote learning for all students until the end of the spring semester.

Salve Regina coronavirus hotline: (401) 341-2329
Rhode Island Department of Health coronavirus hotline: (401) 222-8022

Access to Campus Buildings

In accordance with Salve Regina's pandemic illness plan, only current students, faculty and staff may access University buildings at this time. Employees should carry their University ID at all times in order to access academic and administrative buildings. Exceptions to this policy may apply to previously authorized vendors after proper verbal health screenings have been conducted.

The following card access permissions will be in place until further notice:

  • All academic and administrative buildings are locked down. Faculty and staff have blanket permissions to access these buildings using their University ID.
  • Residence halls have alternate access for those students currently residing on campus.
  • Students who are authorized to use Miley Mart can access Miley Hall's front door from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Access to Cliff Walk

Parking is currently prohibited at access points to the Cliff Walk, including along Narragansett Avenue, Webster Street, Leroy Avenue, Shepard Avenue, Ruggles Avenue and Wetmore Avenue. All University parking lots are closed to the public and accessible only to members of the Salve Regina community with current parking permits.

While parking is restricted, Newport's parks and open spaces may still be enjoyed for the purpose of exercise or in small groups, however police will be monitoring for gatherings over five people as part of a city-wide open air compliance check program.

Bookstore

The bookstore is providing in-store service to faculty, staff and students currently residing on campus or living locally and using the meal plan. To schedule an appointment, call (401) 847-9086 or email 0537mgr@follett.com.

Bookstore staff are also available to process online and telephone orders. To place an order, visit the bookstore website or call (401) 847-9086. If you need additional assistance, email 0537mgr@follett.com.

Returning Rental Textbooks

There are two ways to access and print a free return label and packing slip to return rented textbooks:

  • Reminder emails: You can access a shipping label from any of the three reminder emails that were sent to the email address you provided when you created your rental account. Reminder emails were sent May 4, 11 and 15. Each email included a customer rental list and a link to print a free FedEx return shipping label and packing slip.
  • Rental account: You can also access a shipping label through your rental account on the bookstore website. Click "Sign In" in the top right corner of the homepage and enter the email address and password you used to create the rental account. Once you are signed in, click "Rentals" to continue to the rentals page. Scroll down to see the rented titles list. Click "Return by Mail," which will open a pop-up to select the individual titles to be returned. Follow the steps to generate and print the return label and packing list.

Rentals were due May 18. There is a 15-day grace period that ends Tuesday, June 2 to allow more time for in-transit returns to be checked in before non-return collateral charges are processed. Please note: Free shipping labels will only be available through June 2.

Selling Purchased Textbooks

You can sell your purchased textbooks online through the bookstore's textbook buying partner ValoreBooks. Visit the bookstore website and click "Sell Your Textbooks" at the bottom of the page. This will bring you to the ValoreBooks website. Enter the ISBN of the book you would like to sell in the white box to receive a quote, then follow the directions to complete the sale.

Career Development

The Office of Career Development provides support to students and alumni year round. Students can schedule remote appointments through Handshake to meet with a career advisor over the phone or through video conferencing. Please provide a phone number in the appointment notes so the career advisor can reach you. Students and alumni may also email career@salve.edu to schedule an appointment or to work on resumes, cover letters and other application documents via email.

To access additional resources, visit the Career Development website.

Counseling Services

Please note that Counseling Services does not provide counseling for students during the summer or semester breaks.  Incoming students or families interested in counseling services or students interested in referrals for therapy during this time may call (401) 341-2919 or email counselingservices@salve.edu to consult with the director of counseling services.

For more information on referrals, resources and general wellness tips, visit the Counseling Services website.

Dean of Students Office

If you have questions, concerns or issues you are unable to solve, the Dean of Students Office is available for virtual appointments throughout the remote learning period. To meet with Jennifer Jensen, associate dean of students, or Emily Diomandes, assistant dean of students, via phone or WebEx, email deanofstudents@salve.edu. Appointments are available between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Dining Services

Current Miley Mart hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. At this time, Miley Mart is only accessible to students residing on campus or living locally and using the meal plan.

Meal plan options include:

  • Breakfast: Cereal, pastry, yogurt parfaits, fruit, coffee, juice
  • Lunch and dinner: Variety of sandwiches, salads and reheatable entrees

Miley Mart also offers snacks, drinks, ice cream, candy, chips, coffee, toiletries and medicines.

Face Coverings While on Campus

The state of Rhode Island now requires people to cover their mouth and nose in indoor and outdoor public spaces.

With that in mind, all Salve Regina employees and students must cover their faces while inside campus buildings and outdoors on campus in close proximity to others. This includes all commons areas, hallways, lobbies, bathrooms, entranceways and exits. It does not apply to private office spaces or residence hall rooms where employees or students are alone.

Covering your face will not protect you from contracting the illness, but will prevent you from spreading viral particles to others if you are asymptomatic.

Financial Aid (CARES Act)

The recently enacted CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provides federal funding to colleges and universities to distribute for emergency student grants. The fund provides financial assistance to eligible students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

To receive funding through the CARES Act, undergraduate degree-seeking students must:

  • Have been enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program for the spring 2020 semester as of May 8 (last day of spring classes)
  • Have been enrolled in at least one face-to-face class as of March 13 (last day of classes before spring break)
  • Have completed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), be federally eligible and determined to have financial need

Students enrolled in a program that was offered exclusively online during the spring 2020 semester are not eligible for emergency grants. Students who are in default on a Title IV loan (or who owe refund money on a Title IV grant) are also ineligible for CARES Act funding.

The following expenses can be considered for grant assistance if they were related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus: Food, housing (such as having to move off campus when residence halls closed), course materials, health care, child care, technology-related expenses (such as having to buy a computer when courses were moved online) and/or transportation (such as having to fly home because classes were canceled or having to return from study abroad because of program cancelation).

This funding is separate from any institutional financial aid and priority will be given to those with the greatest demonstrated financial need based on the FAFSA. These funds may not be used to pay for tuition and related fees. The U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be used for international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students or students enrolled in distance-only degree programs.

Eligible undergraduate students were emailed on May 14 with more information and a link to the application form.

Health Services

Health Services is open limited hours for administrative purposes only and clinical services are not available at this time. For questions regarding health forms, please call (401) 341-2904 or email healthservices@salve.edu and a staff member will respond as soon as possible.

Call the Office of Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325 for on-campus emergencies or 911 for off-campus emergencies.

McKillop Library

McKillop Library is closed to all users until further notice. During this time, library staff will work remotely and on-site to support the Salve Regina community. For a complete guide to library services available during the remote learning period, visit salve.libguides.com/covid-19.

Moving Out of Residence Halls

The following procedures have been carefully designed to abide by social distancing and to limit the number of students and family members on campus during any one time period.

  • Move-out dates are available through Sunday, May 31. You can register for a date and time in MyHousing.
  • Time slots each day are 9 a.m. to noon, noon to 3 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. Due to the planning involved, same-day signups will not be accepted.
  • Each time slot is limited to 25 students for the entire campus. You will receive an approval email for the time that you have chosen. If many students from the same building request the same time slot, then the last students who selected the time may be denied and asked to choose another date or time.
  • Please select one helper if possible in order to limit the number of individuals coming to campus.
  • Approved students and helpers will be asked to self-screen for coronavirus symptoms and/or possibly coming in contact with someone who may have coronavirus. If you answer yes to these questions, we will ask that you postpone moving out and you contact the Office of Residence Life for assistance. The screening questions will be included in your approval email.
  • Students and helpers will be required to wear a cloth face covering while in the campus buildings.
  • For those who have keys for their room or building, please return them to the express check out box located at the entrance to Safety and Security at Tobin Hall.
  • If you have already picked up your belongings, please email residencelife@salve.edu so that your status can be changed.

Salve Regina has also partnered with On Demand Storage to pack up and either store or ship your belongings home. This option may work best for those who reside a great distance from the University or anyone who would prefer not to travel at this time. If you are interested in this program, visit On Demand Storage. If you choose this option, you will work with On Demand Storage to have your belongings packed on June 3 or 4. If you choose the storage option, you will receive your items at the opening of the fall semester. If you choose the shipment option, you will receive your items via FedEx.

Important note for those with out-of-state license plates: State police have set up a coronavirus information area before the bridges onto Aquidneck Island. Anyone driving a vehicle with out-of-state license plates is required to pull off and speak to the officers. Upon notifying them that you have arrived to move out belongings from your room, you will be allowed to pass through. The purpose of this screening is to ensure that anyone who is arriving with plans to stay long term on the island knows that they are required to quarantine for 14 days. We have disclosed this information so you know you have nothing to worry about, but if you do not stop at the screening location you may be subject to a fine.

Room and Board Credits

Room and board credits for the spring 2020 semester have been posted to student accounts. Depending on the student's financial aid and meal plan/housing charges, refunded charges range from 35-45 percent of the total room/board and meal plan charges. If the application of the room/board and meal plan credit has created a surplus (credit balance) on the student account, there are several options to receive or apply this surplus. If you receive a credit and originally paid using a 529 plan, you should consult your tax advisor, as some of this surplus may be taxable.

Student accounts can be reviewed by logging on to the portal and clicking "WebAdvisor for Students," which will open the options for "Student Financial Information."

Surplus Options

  • You can keep the surplus on your account to use toward fall 2020 semester charges. This is the default option.
  • If you have not yet made your returning student deposit, the surplus can be applied to this deposit, which was due May 1. This deposit holds each student's place in the courses chosen during the registration period and is applied as the first payment toward the fall 2020 semester. Please email businessoffice@salve.edu to request this option.
  • You can reduce your loan with the surplus by completing the award change form. Specify the type of loan you wish to reduce and the amount you wish to send back to the lender (please note the maximum is the amount of the surplus). The deadline to complete this form was May 8.
  • You can request that the surplus be issued through a mailed check or direct deposit. Refunds can be requested through the e-refund link in the portal under the links menu. If you are requesting the refund to be issued by direct deposit, you must enter your banking information under the "Student Refund Management" link located at the top of the request form. If you have previously entered this information and there have been no changes to your banking information, you will only need to complete the request at the bottom of the page.
  • You can donate the full surplus, or any portion of it, to Salve Regina's Mercy Emergency Relief Fund, which supports individuals within the University community in times of great need. To process your donation, visit salve.edu/student-option-assign-refund-parent.

Questions? Contact the Business Office at businessoffice@salve.edu, the Office of Financial Aid at financial_aid@salve.edu or the Office of Advancement at advancement@salve.edu.