URI, Salve Regina among schools urging students not to return to retrieve belongings


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — College campuses are shut down for the most part due to the coronavirus pandemic and many have moved their coursework online for the rest of the semester.

A lot of schools made that decision during or around spring break and as a result, a lot of students left campus without their belongings.

Some schools, including the University of Rhode Island and Salve Regina University, are telling students not to come back to residence halls to retrieve them.

Thursday night, URI changed its course of action after Gov. Gina Raimondo issued another travel restriction where anyone coming from New York must self-quarantine for 14 days.

URI had previously been allowing staggered move-outs as early as March 20 while maintaining social distancing, but the university is now telling students not to come back until further notice. Students’ personal items will remain locked in their rooms, according to URI.

If, for a personal or family reason, a student must return to campus to move out or move back to an on-campus residence, a request for approval must be submitted.

Students are advised to check their URI email accounts and contact the Housing and Residential Life office for more information.

At Salve Regina, move-outs had also already been occurring under strict social distancing measures.

On Wednesday, the university instructed all students, specifically those traveling from out of state — particularly from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts — to postpone picking up their belongings until the week of May 11.

“It continues to be the University’s recommendation that all Salve students return to their permanent residences through the end of the semester. If you haven’t already done so, please do not return to your off-campus housing at this time,” the school wrote.

Out-of-state students who can’t remain at their permanent residences are reminded to self-quarantine for two weeks.

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