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.
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 first-years, sophomores, and juniors who are not commuting to campus from their parents’ permanent local residence (legal domicile) are guaranteed housing and are required to live on-campus. Students entering in the fall will have a three-year housing requirement for First-year, 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.
The Office of Student Engagement manages Gerety Hall, 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 Gerety Hall features office space for student organizations, an all new eSports gaming center and lounge, the Campus Activities Board (CAB), the Bike Program and WSRU Radio. This level also contains the Arcade Game Room, Air Hockey, Foosball, Ping-Pong, Pool, and lounge space. The first floor features the Fireplace Lounge, meeting space and an expansive lobby area with a virtual reality game system. The second floor is home to the Office of Student Engagement, Center for Community Engagement and Service, and Student Government.
Office of Student Engagement
The Office of Student Engagement 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 Engagement 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 student organizations to better serve the academic and co-curricular needs of students. The office works with the Student Government Association to sponsor a monthly Club President 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 Engagement 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 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 student organization should download an application from the Student Engagement website or find it on the home page of Seahawk Connection, an online platform for students to get to more information about clubs and organizations on campus.
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 for things such as event supplies, club conferences, member swag, and more.
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 Engagement in Gerety Hall, 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 Salve Regina’s campus 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.
Salve Regina University is a Division III member of the NCAA and competes in the CCC, IHSA, and ICSA. Competitive opportunities are available in the following sports: Baseball (M), Basketball (M/W), Cross Country (M/W), Equestrian (Coed), Field Hockey (W), Football (M), Ice Hockey (M/W), Lacrosse (M/W), Sailing (Coed), Soccer (M/W), Softball (W), 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 ext. 2606 for additional information.
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 sport 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.
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 YMCA.
Mercy Center for Spiritual Life
The Mercy Center for Spiritual Life, in keeping with the mission of Salve Regina University, is a community that welcomes all people. By virtue of our Catholic heritage and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy, we seek to create a hospitable and nurturing environment that affirms and empowers our students in their search for meaning. We encourage students to build community, to deepen their faith, to engage in service, to seek justice and to become leaders formed by Mercy. The Mercy Center enhances the University’s mission to provide an educational experience that is personally transformative and is committed to making manifest God’s love and Mercy to all.
Mercy in Motion is an energetic and welcoming community of students from diverse religious traditions, majors and interests. In collaboration with the professional staff of the Mercy Center, students meet weekly to plan a variety of events, engage in service, reflect and pray together or simply take a break from hectic schedules. Student leaders of Mercy in Motion enjoy to opportunity for leadership training in the Mercy tradition.
The Mercy Center’s community room, located in the lower level of the chapel, is open to the entire campus. It is furnished with comfortable chairs and couches, a large screen TV, a kitchen and plenty of space to relax study and be with friends.
Our Lady of Mercy Chapel is a place of peace. Whether attending Mass or simply enjoying some quiet time in the chapel we hope you will find nourishment for your spirit. In whatever manner you decide to use the chapel, you will have a safe place for meditation, religious expression and prayer.
Please check the Salve Today calendar for the Mass schedule or call the Mercy Center at 341-2326.
Office of Career Development
The Office of Career Development guides and empowers students to discover their strengths and talents, helping them to articulate their interests and experiences to create a positive and lasting impact on the world.
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, applying to graduate school, preparing for interviews and networking with employers and alumni. Additionally, through the Handshake career platform, students have the ability to schedule appointments with a career advisor, review a calendar of upcoming career programs, and access hundreds of full-time, part-time, internship and student employment postings along with links to exclusive resources and industry information for a wide range of career fields.
For more information about the services and resources available to students and alumni, please visit the Career Development website.
The Center for Community Engagement and Service
The Center for Community Engagement and Service offers students a unique opportunity to get involved with the Aquidneck Island community and create strong bonds with community partners and other students. With 75+ community partners, including solely community-based and nonprofit organizations, the Center for Community Engagement and Service offers ample opportunities for students to get involved in service. Our partners are committed to various social issues that align with the critical concerns of Mercy: earth, immigration, racism, women, and non-violence. The Center for Community Engagement and Service also offers paid leadership opportunities, work-study positions, and service immersion trips.
Feinstein Enriching America Program
Since 1996, Salve Regina University has been a part of the Feinstein Enriching America Program. As part of the Feinstein Enriching America Program, all undergraduate student must serve a minimum of ten hours within the state of Rhode Island. The million-dollar grant awarded by Alan Shawn Feinstein and the Feinstein Foundation has helped Salve create opportunities and strengthen programs that are mutually beneficial for Salve Regina University students and our community partners. Through this grant, The Center for Community Service and Engagement became home to the Service Advocate Program, Service Immersion Trips, and The Thompson Program.
Service Advocate Program: Service Advocates choose a primary site where they serve 100+ hours. This program serves six community partners: Child & Family Services, Salvation Army, Potter League, Donovan Manner, Newport Hospital, and Edward King House.
Service Immersion Trips: The Jamaica service trip, run through Mustard Seed Communities, serves children with serious physical and mental disabilities, children affected by HIV/AIDS, and teenage mothers and their babies. The Florida service trip to Give Kids the World Village serves children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The South Dakota service trip is run through Simply Smiles, an organization that provides bright futures for impoverished children, their families and their communities. Service Plunge, Service Plunge 2.0, and Alternative Spring Break provide students with challenging and fun opportunities to lead and learn through direct and indirect service throughout Rhode Island.
The Thompson Program: The Thompson Program is an after-school program run on Salve Regina University’s campus for the students from Thompson Middle School in Newport. The program is run by Salve student volunteers who serve as leaders and positive role models. Volunteers create and implement lesson plans that strengthen academic and social skills. They also reach out to student-led organizations on campus to organize activities that foster creativity and personal growth.
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.
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 a visiting physician.
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. A variety of microbiology testing can be collected on site and processed by our local Lifespan Laboratories. Other laboratory and radiology orders are forwarded to Newport Hospital for collection and processing. EMTs are available on campus after hours and on weekends to address any student emergent needs.
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 Center for Global Education & Fellowships. 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.
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 textbooks, imprinted clothing and gifts, and a full line of school and computer supplies. In addition, dorm supplies, greeting cards, snacks, beverages, and health and beauty aids 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.salve.bkstr.com.
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.
The Copy Center, located on the garden level of the McKillop Library, offers photocopying, duplicating, and binding services.
The University provides five 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. Freshman 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 Jazzman’s Café in O’Hare Academic Center and the McKillop Library Café in McKillop Library. Please consult the student handbook or the dining services brochure for more details.
Students with special dietary concerns may contact the campus dietician, Stephanie Paiva at 401-341-2166.
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 Salve Card is utilized on campus for: purchases in the Miley cafeteria, Jazzman’s Cafe, McKillop Library Cafe, Miley Mart/Starbucks; access to Rodgers Recreation Center and the Sullivan Fitness Center; various laundry and vending machines; Health Services (prescription payment); the bookstore; your library card and for printers and microfilm; other public area printers; RIPTA; and at the mailroom to pick up packages. The card may also be used at the off-campus locations listed here: https://salve.edu/business-office/salve-card.
If the card is lost, it can be disabled almost immediately. All lost cards should be reported as soon as possible to the card office, located on the garden level of McKillop Library, room 002.
Deposits can be made to the Salve Card online with MasterCard or Visa, in person at the Business Office with cash or check, or by mail with a check. Salve Cards may not be used as a cash card. Money deposited will remain until the student leaves Salve Regina. Any money left on the card when a student leaves the University will be returned to the student tuition account if the balance is over $5.
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 EMTs; 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.
Eligible full-time and part-time students, faculty and staff intending to have a vehicle on campus must have it registered each academic year by logging into your MySalve account and then into MyInformation, User Account, to fill out your On-Line Vehicle Registration Form. A decal for on-campus parking is issued and a service fee is charged. Students may pick up decals at the Office of Safety and Security in Tobin Hall. All campus parking areas are clearly posted. Fines are levied on those who do not observe parking regulations. The Office of Safety and Security has the authority to boot and/or tow at the owner’s expense, any vehicle on University property that violates parking signs and regulations.
The Office of Safety and Security in Tobin Hall is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday for processing decals. Since Tobin Hall has limited accessibility, all students needing accommodations based on disability should contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education to arrange alternative procedures.