2015-16 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 14, 2021  
2015-16 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Affairs


The Student Affairs Division of Salve Regina University strives to educate students in all aspects of living outside the formal academic environment. It supports the University Mission by fostering personal and social growth, civic responsibility, and the development of life skills within the context of Catholic values.

Students are expected to be involved in the educational process which occurs in the classroom and extends beyond the classroom into the University and civic community. Participation in various forms of the educational process presents students with opportunities to demonstrate responsibility for their own lives and futures as well as to reach beyond themselves and exhibit concern for others.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

As a Catholic institution of higher learning under the sponsorship of the Sisters of Mercy, Salve Regina University exists to provide educational opportunities for students who choose to live a more perceptive and fulfilling life. The University’s purpose is to prepare men and women for responsible lives by imparting and expanding knowledge, developing skills, and cultivating enduring values. It encourages students to develop their abilities for thinking clearly and creatively, to enhance their capacity for sound judgment, and to prepare for the challenge of learning throughout their lives.

Students are expected to treat all members of the University community with respect and civility and to exercise guaranteed freedoms in a responsible manner consistent with the goals and traditions of the University. Students should acknowledge the interdependence of the University and the surrounding community and should take responsibility for their learning and collective welfare.

Upon enrollment, the student becomes a member of the academic community and thereby accepts both the rights and responsibilities associated with that membership.

It is the student’s responsibility to know the policies, procedures, standards, and regulations which affect student rights; and it shall be the student’s responsibility to obtain and act appropriately on such information. Ignorance of the information made accessible to the student shall not be cause to waive policies, procedures, standards, and regulations.

Center for Student Development

The Center for Student Development facilitates student success and transformation by supporting and promoting integrative learning and a high-quality student experience.  Grounded in academic, personal and holistic success, the center provides students with the Class Dean program, a four-year comprehensive experience program, peer mentoring, and transitional support for transfer students. 

Class deans - the advocates - are faculty members who serve as mentors and support student success. They move with students as they progress toward graduation. Class Deans are a source of inspiration and a resource to enhance students’ learning and co-curricular experience.  Experience directors - the architects - serve as experts on a particular class year and help to develop a comprehensive class experience.  Experience Directors work to ensure that programs and structures at the University speak to the experiences and needs of all students.

Along with Center for Student Development staff, class deans and experience directors, First Year Transitions instructors play a large role in the support and success of the University’s new students. All First Year Transitions/Transfer Transitions instructors are current Salve Regina faculty and staff.

Student Services

Residence Life

From traditional residence halls to architecturally significant buildings, students at Salve Regina have the opportunity to live in a variety of unique housing options situated throughout our historic campus. Students are supported by the Office of Residence Life, which consists of professional staff members as well as student Resident Advisors.

First-year students live in our traditional residence halls, designed to help them meet classmates and get involved with activities, while most sophomores choose from one-of-a-kind rooms in historic housing. As juniors and seniors, some students choose to live in on-campus apartments with full kitchens, while others reside in the nearby neighborhoods of Newport.

Students residing on campus can easily access downtown Newport on foot or via public transportation. Steeped in history, diversity and religious tolerance, today’s Newport is a tourist mecca, with shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and sporting events permeating this “City by the Sea.”

First-year students live in our traditional residence halls, designed to help them meet classmates and get involved with activities, while most sophomores choose from one-of-a-kind rooms in mansions and cottages. As juniors and seniors, some students choose to live in on-campus apartments with full kitchens, while others reside in the nearby neighborhoods of Newport.

Students residing on campus can easily access downtown Newport on foot or via public transportation. Steeped in history, diversity and religious tolerance, today’s Newport is a tourist mecca, with shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and sporting events permeating this “City by the Sea.”

Campus Residency Requirement

As a residential institution, Salve Regina University places great value on the contributions a quality residential experience can make to student development. Experience has shown that campus residency in the first two years of a student’s college career is crucial to personal growth and the refinement of social skills. As a result, all full-time freshmen and sophomores who are not commuting to campus from their parents’ permanent residence (legal domicile) are guaranteed housing and are required to live on-campus. Students who turn 21 years of age during the academic year may be exempt from this requirement. Requests for this exemption must be made prior to the year of residency requirement. All resident students are required to maintain full-time academic status.

Wakehurst Student Center

The Office of Student Activities manages the Wakehurst Student Center, a multipurpose facility that serves the needs and interests of students, faculty, and staff at Salve Regina University. The center is a comfortable place to relax, attend a live performance, or enjoy a light refreshment.

The garden level of Wakehurst features office space for Student Activities, and WSRU Radio. This level also contains the Game Room, Air Hockey, Foosball, Ping-Pong, Pool, lounge space, meeting space, and the on-campus residential student mailroom. The first floor features the Global Café, the Fireplace Lounge, the gaming room, and an expansive lobby area. The second floor is home to the Campus Activities Board, Community Service Office, Willow, Mosaic, Student Government Association, and a club resource room.

Office of Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities carries out the mission of Salve Regina University by offering a variety of involvement opportunities to students. Programs and initiatives teach students to become stronger leaders, develop positive relationships, respect their peers and community, and immerse themselves in their interests.

Student Activities staff advise the Campus Activities Board (CAB), a volunteer student organization that sponsors live comedy and novelty acts, Things for Thursday, trips, dances, and recreation events. Membership on the board is open to all registered, full-time students.

Student Activities assists recognized student organizations with matters related to group development, club finances, and program planning. In addition, the staff is available to help students identify opportunities to establish new clubs and organizations to better serve the academic and co-curricular needs of students. The office sponsors a monthly Presidents’ Club meeting designed to increase communication and collaboration between existing student groups.

Whether a student attends a live performance, joins a recognized student organization, or participates in recreational events, Student Activities encourages all undergraduates to become fully involved in campus activities.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) affords students opportunities for governance at Salve Regina University while developing leadership skills and serving the student body. A six-member executive board is elected in the spring semester.

The Student Government Association represents the Salve Regina University student body and acts as a liaison between the students and the faculty, staff and administration. For every 100 matriculated students, one representative is elected. The SGA participates in various university committees and oversees both the approval and the funding of student clubs and organizations.

The New Student Organization Recognition Committee reviews club applications. The committee seeks to create diverse involvement opportunities on campus by approving clubs which enhance the quality of life at Salve Regina University. Students wishing to start a new club or organization should download an application from the student activities website.

The Activities Funding Board (AFB) has the primary responsibility of allocating funds collected through the student activity fee. The AFB reviews funding requests submitted by officially recognized student organizations.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and organizations provide students with the opportunity to learn and develop new skills and sponsor programs that enhance the quality of campus life. Students interested in learning more about the organizations listed below should contact the Office of Student Activities in the Wakehurst Student Center, Room 012. A complete list of recognized student organizations can be found on the university website http://www.salve.edu/clubs-and-organizations.


The Athletic Department encourages the pursuit of an active and healthy lifestyle through involvement in the intercollegiate program, intramurals, club sports, or recreational opportunities.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Salve Regina University is a Division III member of the NCAA and competes in the CCC, the ECAC, NEISA, and NEFC conferences. Competitive opportunities are available in the following sports: Baseball, Basketball (M/W), Cross Country (M/W), Field Hockey, Football, Ice Hockey (M/W), Lacrosse (M/W), Sailing (Coed), Soccer (M/W), Softball, Tennis (M/W), Track and Field (W), and Volleyball (W).


A comprehensive intramural program is available to students in the following sports: Basketball, Dodgeball, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, and Volleyball. Contact the Coordinator of Intramurals for additional information.

Club Sports

A club sports program has recently emerged and offers students the opportunity to participate in Rugby (M/W), Cheerleading, Equestrian, Karate and Swimming. Contact the Coordinator of Club Sports for additional information.


Recreational opportunities are available in a number of activities that include: Aerobics, Yoga, Spinning, Swimming, and Zumba. Call the Fitness Center for additional information.

Athletic Facilities

The Rodgers Recreation Center, which houses basketball/volleyball courts, an indoor batting cage, state-of-the-art fitness center, meeting and conference rooms, aerobics room and modern training facilities, is available to students, faculty, and staff for intercollegiate, intramural, and recreational use. Additional facilities include tennis courts as well as practice and game fields. Opportunities for recreational swimming are offered at the nearby Newport Athletic Club.

Mercy Center for Spiritual Life

The Mercy Center for Spiritual Life encourages and supports religious and spiritual life on the Salve Regina campus. We have our roots and find our focus in the gospel of Jesus Christ, the rich heritage of the Roman Catholic Church and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy.

In keeping with the mission of the University, we warmly welcome people of all beliefs to engage in a lively and respectful practice of their faith; to seek wisdom; to promote universal justice, especially by practicing the spiritual and corporal works of mercy; and to deepen their relationship with God.

Mercy in Motion is a student led group that promotes spiritual life on campus through weekly events and programs that highlight community, prayer and service. Students develop skills as peer ministers, leaders and role models through their involvement with the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life.

Whether Mercy in Motion is gathering for a dinner discussion, cooking a meal for the homeless shelter or having a community game night, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. All undergraduate students are welcome and invited to get involved.

Catholic Mass is celebrated in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel:

  • Sunday: 11:00 a.m. (except Christmas, Easter and Commencement Weekend), and 7:00 p.m. student Mass when classes are in session (September through mid-May).
  • Monday through Thursday at 12:15 p.m.

Office of Career Development

The Office of Career Development plays an active role in preparing students for the job market. Career advisors assist students with a variety of career development topics including self-assessment, selecting a major, building a resume, preparing for interviews and networking with employers and alumni.  Additionally, the Salve Regina Gateway system provides students with 24/7 access to full-time, part-time, internship and student employment postings; online resources and industry information for a variety of career fields; and the means for communicating with alumni career mentors.

For a full listing of career services and resources available to students and alumni, please visit the Career Development website.

Community Service

Many volunteer opportunities exist for Salve Regina University students such as the Feed-A-Friend food drive, Big Sisters of Rhode Island, the Positive Role Model Program, and the Special Olympics. Locally, Salve Regina volunteers support the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, the Potter League, Salvation Army, area soup kitchens, literacy projects, and Aquidneck Island schools.

Feinstein Enriching America Program

The Feinstein Enriching America Program introduces students to the benefits of service learning. It encourages ongoing participation in community service initiatives and service learning courses while students attend the University and in the years following graduation. Participation in the Feinstein Enriching America Program is a requirement for the First Year Transitions for graduation. Salve Regina considers participation in community service as a visible way to live the mission of the University.  Students are required to serve at least ten hours within the state of Rhode Island prior to graduation, allowing them to share their talents with those in need and learn more about themselves and the community they call home.  Only under exceptional circumstances may students be considered for exemption from the requirement. Appeals are made to the dean. All hours must be completed in Rhode Island and logged under the Community Service tab in your mysalve account.

Counseling Services

The Counseling Center is available to full-time undergraduate students and provides a safe and welcoming atmosphere conducive to the discussion of their issues, concerns and problems. These interactions are confidential and are performed in accordance with the legal and professional guidelines of the State of Rhode Island. They include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, community referral, special programs, and consultations.

Specifically, the Counseling Center addresses mental health and developmental issues from a therapeutic, educational, and preventative perspective. It is designed to assist students with emotional, social, academic, and psychological issues so that they retain their student status and benefit from their educational opportunities to the fullest extent possible. The staff includes three licensed clinical social workers and one licensed mental health counselor.

Health Services

The nurse practitioners and physicians in University Health Services provide medical care to the student community during the academic year.

Health Services offers acute, chronic and urgent care on-site and refers to Newport Hospital Emergency Department for emergent care. Follow-up care is provided after discharge to facilitate recovery. Health Services also offers comprehensive women’s health evaluations and follow up as well as consultation to students as requested.

Health Services staff will refer to medical specialists in the community in order to address specific health needs. Laboratory testing can be performed on site and then forwarded to Newport Hospital for processing. An orthopedic physician is available for a limited time every week.

University Health Services staff adhere to established ethical principles and codes of professional practice that respect and ensure the confidentiality of all students.

International Students

International students should report to the International Student Advisor upon arriving at the University and are required to attend the mandatory international student orientation (week-long in the fall, and one-day in the spring) run by the Office of International Programs. The International Student advisor is available to assist international students with their adjustment to academic and personal life on campus, maintaining appropriate F-1 student status and keeping up-to-date with all immigration regulations.

Miley Hall Services

Miley Hall is a student residence and the primary dining facility on campus. Miley is co-located next to Walgreen Hall, another student residence.  In addition, the Office of Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Office of Residence Life, University Health Services, Counseling Services, Center for Student Development, the Office of Career Development, and the Salve Regina University Bookstore are located in the Miley and Walgreen complex.  The services, including a large lounge with Starbucks, are open to all students.

Student Handbook

The student handbook contains essential information about policies and procedures directly related to students. All students are expected to be familiar with the content of the student handbook and to act in accordance with the policies and procedures outlined therein.

University Auxiliary Services


The University Bookstore offers a wide variety of products including academic and general reading books, Salve Regina imprinted clothing and gifts, and a full line of school and computer supplies. In addition, dorm supplies, greeting cards, health and beauty aids, and snacks and beverages are also offered. Textbooks may be rented or purchased and many are offered in a digital format. Master Card, Visa, American Express, Discover Card, checks and the Salve Regina universal card are accepted. Online orders may also be placed at www.bkstr.com/salvereginastore/home.

Business Office

The Business Office, located in Ochre Court, maintains the University’s record of financial transactions relating to individual students. Payments to the University from tuition fees and other financial obligations are made to this office.

Copy Center

The Copy Center, located on the garden level of the McKillop Library, offers photocopying, duplicating, and binding services.

Food Services

The University provides multiple meal plans through Sodexo Dining Services. All resident students are required to participate in one of the minimum required meal plans based upon class standing.  Freshmen students must participate in the unlimited meal plan. Sophomore students must participate in the 14 meal plan at a minimum. Junior and Senior students must participate in the 7 meal plan at a minimum. In all instances, students may participate in a meal plan that is greater than the minimum plan. Lastly, the 5 meal plan is available for commuter students only. All changes in meal plans must be communicated with Residence Life by the end of drop/add. After drop/add, meal plans are fixed until the end of the semester. Miley Cafeteria is the primary on-campus dining facility for resident students where all meal plans are accepted. Some meal plans may allow limited service at the additional food services locations on campus including the Global Café in Wakehurst, and Jazzman’s Café in O’Hare Academic Center. Please consult the student handbook or the dining services brochure for more details.

Special Diets

Students with special dietary concerns may contact Food Services.


The SALVE card serves as an identification card for members of the Salve Regina University community and can grant access to a multitude of services. Students are required to carry their student identification card with them at all times. The card can be used to check materials out of the library, gain access to the library’s special reference databases, gain access to designated residence halls for resident students, utilize the Rodgers Recreation Center, and track meal plan usage. Money can be deposited on the card to be used for the following: Salve Regina University Bookstore purchases, campus soda and snack machines, Global Café, Jazzman’s Café and Miley Mart purchases, Salve Regina Health Services, library microfilm scanners and file prints, library copiers, Sullivan Fitness Center, and the McKillop Library Mail Services, Copy Center, and select off-campus locations.

Office of Safety and Security

The Office of Safety and Security strives to preserve the safety, security, and wellbeing of the University community through 24-hour coverage. The security staff are trained in first aid, AED, CPR and Management of Aggressive Behavior. The security staff consists of 16 officers, including 8 EMT’s; working to prevent crime, provide high-visibility security patrols, and respond quickly and effectively to needs of the University. Crimes involving violence, major property loss, or felony charges are reported immediately to the appropriate outside agency.

The department maintains strong working relationships with other University offices as well as with local police and fire departments. Through training materials and presentations, the office emphasizes the importance of education as the key element in crime prevention. The office strives to increase awareness of campus safety, and encourages all to report suspicious activity on campus.