2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 30, 2022  
2018-2019 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 (CSD) promotes student success and engagement by focusing on three areas: co-curricular learning, leadership, student development. In addition, the CSD serves as a nexus between Student and Academic Affairs by enhancing student learning through co-curricular mapping and programming.

The Center for Student Development provides holistic guidance and transitional mentoring to all new students through the First Year Experience Program and specifically through the First Year Transitions Course (FYT100) and Transfer Transitions Course (FYT200).  Through this course, all new students are introduced to Salve Regina University, its mission, and the skills necessary for college success and transition. 

The CSD also facilitates the Navigator Leadership Development program which promotes individual, group, and community core values drawn from the Social Change Model of Leadership Development.  The purpose of the Navigator program is to help students develop as leaders through social responsibility at the individual, group, and societal levels. Through the Navigator program, students participate in co-curricular programs each year that promote the exploration and development of core values necessary for leadership development. Students who participate in the program and demonstrate accomplishment of learning outcomes at the end of each year will receive certificates of completion.

The Center for Student Development also works with various offices and departments across the campus to integrate and facilitate Portfolium. Salve Regina students are provided with an account on Portfolium, a cloud-based electronic portfolio that helps students document their academic, co-curricular experience and extracurricular work completed at Salve Regina. By developing their Portfolium profiles throughout their years at Salve Regina, students are able to showcase and demonstrate skills and competencies achieved as a result of the work completed.  

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.”

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 during a student’s college career is crucial to personal growth and the refinement of social skills. As a result, all full-time freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are not commuting to campus from their parents’ permanent residence (legal domicile) are guaranteed housing and are required to live on-campus. Students entering in the fall of 2018 will have a three-year housing requirement for Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior year. Requests for an 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, the Bike Program 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, student organization resource room and an expansive lobby area. The second floor is home to the Office of Student Activities, Community Service Office, and Student Government Association.

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 assists recognized student organizations with matters related to group development, 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 Student Organization Recognition Committee (SORC) reviews club applications. The committee seeks to create diverse involvement opportunities on campus by approving student organizations 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 Organizations

Student 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 a student organization should contact the Office of Student Activities in the Wakehurst Student Center, Room 206. A complete list of recognized student organizations can be found on the university website http://www.salve.edu/clubs-and-organizations or visit Seahawk Connection, located on the student portal.


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, NEFC, and NEHC conferences. Competitive opportunities are available in the following sports: Baseball, Basketball (M/W), Cross Country (M/W), Equestrian, 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).


The philosophy of the Salve Regina intramurals program is to provide quality recreational opportunities for the members of the community by creating a safe environment that fosters development of the mind, body, and soul through activities that can positively teach and enrich the intellectual, spiritual, and physical lives of all those who participate. Some activity offerings throughout the academic year are: soccer, flag football, basketball, tennis, and volleyball. Contact the Coordinator of Intramurals at x2498 for additional information.

Club Sports

Salve Regina Club Sports consist of cheerleading, karate, men’s and women’s rugby, and swimming. The club sports offered at Salve Regina fall in between varsity sports and intramurals. The clubs compete on an intercollegiate level, but they do not compete under the NCAA guidelines. Each club sport obtains a head coach and is completely student run. Club presidents, vice presidents, secretaries, and treasurers are elected on an annual basis and are responsible for the scheduling of all practices and games, the ordering of all equipment and uniforms, and all other organizational tasks that are necessary for a club sport team to function on an intercollegiate level.


Recreational opportunities are available in the Rodgers Recreation Center, including the Sullivan Fitness Center.  The Sullivan Fitness Center offers a number of fitness activities.  Call the Fitness Center at x2606 for additional information.

Athletic Facilities

The Rodgers Recreation Center houses basketball/volleyball courts, two fitness centers, meeting and conference rooms, aerobics/dance room and modern training facilities.. These are 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 or the YMCA.

Mercy Center for Spiritual Life

The Mercy Center for Spiritual Life encourages and supports religious and spiritual life on the Salve Regina campus. Just as Jesus invited people to “come and see,” we invite students from all faith traditions come and see and to participate in our Mercy mission.

Together, we seek wisdom, promote justice, and practice the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  In this common work we encounter God.

The Mercy in Motion Student Leadership Team, in close collaboration with the Mercy Center staff, promotes spiritual growth, service and community on campus through weekly events and programs. Student leaders develop skills as peer ministers, retreat leaders and role models and place those skills at the service of the entire student community.

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.

Everyone is welcome.

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 newly implemented Handshake career platform provides students with the ability to schedule appointments online, along with 24/7 access to full-time, part-time, internship and student employment postings and links to exclusive resources and industry information for a wide range of career fields.

For more information on the 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 (hours cannot directly benefit the University) 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

Counseling Services is available to full-time undergraduate students during the academic year.  Counseling Services provides individual counseling, crisis intervention, community referral, special programs, and consultations. These interactions are confidential and are performed in accordance with the legal and professional guidelines of the State of Rhode Island.

Specifically, Counseling Services  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 an office coordinator, three licensed clinical social workers, one licensed mental health counselor, and graduate interns.

Health Services

The nurse practitioners and physicians in the Office of  Health Services provide student-centered, confidential, evidence based medical care to the undergraduate student community during the academic year. Services are provided through a team approach of nurse practitioners and physicians from NHCC Medical Association, which is a Lifespan Physician Group Practice.

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 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.  EMTs are available on campus after hours and on weekends to address any student emergent needs.

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 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. All 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 14 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.