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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 9 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.

The bookstore has implemented several initiatives to support remote learning, including:

  • Free digital access: The bookstore has partnered with Red Shelf to provide free digital access to eBooks. You must use your salve.edu email address to gain access.
  • Rental returns: Rentals are due by Monday, May 18, with a 15-day grace period that ends Tuesday, June 2. The grace period was extended to allow more time for in-transit returns to be processed before non-return collateral charges are processed. Free return shipping labels are available to all U.S. patrons until midnight of the due date. A link to print a return label will be included in the reminder emails sent just before and during finals.
  • Textbook buyback: If the bookstore is closed to the public at the end of the semester, students will be able to sell eligible textbooks through the bookstore website.

Career Development

Students can schedule remote appointments through Handshake to meet with a career advisor over the phone or through video conferencing. Be sure to provide a phone number to reach you in the appointment notes. Students may also email career@salve.edu to work on resumes, cover letters and other application documents via email.

Commencement and Senior Week

Based on guidelines from the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Salve Regina has no choice but to postpone Commencement and cancel Senior Week activities. Our hearts go out to the Class of 2020 and those who expected to proudly celebrate with them in May. We will honor your accomplishments during the months ahead, and you will have a Commencement. As details for the new date become available, we will share them with you so that you and your families have time to prepare for this delayed, but nonetheless momentous and joyful occasion.

Read more Commencement updates.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services staff are available remotely to assist with referrals and offer support. Students should call (401) 341-2919 or email counselingservices@salve.edu to consult with a counselor about obtaining or continuing services in their area. Counseling Services is also offering a variety of tips and resources on mental health and wellness during the remote learning period.

To learn more, 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 9 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 on-campus residents who are on 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 Rhode Island Department of Health recently recommended that all people cover their faces to prevent the spread of illness when in public, especially when in proximity to other people.

With that in mind, effective Monday, April 6, 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.

The Centers for Disease Control has announced that surgical masks, dust masks, handkerchiefs, towels and clothing are all acceptable barriers to spreading the illness. 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.

Health Services

All medical providers and Health Services staff are telecommuting until further notice. Telemedicine appointments are available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call (401) 341-2904 or email healthservices@salve.edu. Please note that staff will be unavailable April 9-13 due to the Easter holiday.

For after-hours care, 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.

Prorated Refunds

As students will not be returning to campus for the remaining days of the spring semester, Salve Regina has analyzed the billable student charges for this period. Students will receive a prorated refund amounting to about seven weeks for the unused portion of housing and meals adjusted for the move off campus. This credit will be posted to students' tuition accounts by the end of April.

Retrieving Personal Belongings

The state of Rhode Island is under a stay-at-home order through Monday, April 13. Rhode Island residents must stay at home unless they are going out to purchase food, medication or gasoline, or to travel to their work. Gatherings are limited to five or fewer people, and non-essential retail businesses have been instructed to close.

Given this guidance, the Office of Residence Life has canceled the remainder of the March-April move out process and postponed all remaining moveouts until a later date. Dates are being reviewed and updated information will be disseminated in late April.