Salve Regina University closed on Tuesday, some residences evacuated due to lack of heat

Salve Regina University

Salve Regina University has provided the following update for students, faculty, and staff regarding the natural gas incident on Aquidneck Island.


National Grid has suspended gas service to 7,100 customers in Newport and Middleton due to a low transmission supply issue from its natural gas supplier, affecting several buildings on Salve Regina’s campus.

As a result, the University is closed Tuesday, Jan. 22 and all day and evening classes in Newport are canceled. Only essential personnel should report to work.

Please note that the Center for Adult Education in Warwick has not been affected and remains open and fully operational. All classes held at the Warwick campus will proceed as scheduled on Tuesday.The University will be open Wednesday, Jan. 23. Classes will resume at 8 a.m. and all staff are asked to report to work as normally scheduled.

The University will provide ongoing updates through this post, FacebookTwitter and salve.edu email. If necessary, the University will activate its Salve-Alert text messaging system.

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On Campus Residents

The following residences have been evacuated due to lack of heat: 134 Webster St., Conley Hall, Narragansett Hall and Narragansett I and II. Students will not have access to these buildings until they are contacted by the Office of Residence Life. Questions, comments or concerns regarding these building closures should be directed to residencelife@salve.edu.

Affected students may:

  • Stay with a friend or family at an off-campus location where heat is operational.
  • Make their own reservations at a hotel and submit for reimbursement through National Grid.
  • Request access to an alternative temporary residence hall space until heat is restored. These spaces will be shared spaces with other resident students.

Affected students are asked to contact the Office of Residence Life with information about their status.

All other campus residences are not affected at this time, and it is anticipated that heat will remain on in these locations. Please notify your RA and/or Safety and Security if your room is getting very cold. The facilities department will be notified to check those areas and assess conditions. The following areas are available if you would like an alternative warm location during the day: McKillop Library, Rodgers Recreation Center and Miley Hall (Starbucks lounge and cafeteria).

Off Campus Residents

If your off-campus residence is without gas service, please be sure to notify your landlord of your situation.

Hotel reimbursement: National Grid will reimburse the cost of rooms for affected customers who seek hotel or motel lodging. Here is a list of Rhode Island hotels for customers desiring hotel or motel lodging. National Grid will reimburse the cost of the room for your stay, regardless of price. You must keep your receipts, fill out their form, and contact their claims department at (781) 907-3930 to be reimbursed.

Gas restoration: Affected residents should not attempt to turn off their own gas. National Grid technicians will be visiting your residence to secure the meter. You must be home in order for your gas service to be restored. However, if you are not at home when National Grid arrives to turn on your service, a door hanger will be left with instructions for contacting them to complete this step.

If you are without heat and are unable to find temporary accommodations, please contact the Office of Residence Life at (401) 341-2210 or residencelife@salve.edu.

Campus Facilities

Dining hours for Tuesday are:

  • Miley Hall cafeteria – 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Starbucks – 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Global Cafe – 5-11:30 p.m.
  • Jazzman/Sandella’s – Closed

The McKillop Library is fully operational and will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Important Phone Numbers

  • Safety and Security (24 hours): (401) 341-2325
  • National Grid gas leak: (800) 640-1595
  • National Grid power outage: (800) 465-1212

Off-Campus Residents: FAQ From National Grid

What is the process to restore gas service?
Restoring gas service will be a multiple day process. This is a methodical process that will take some time. For those that have lost service or need to have their service shut off, National Grid will need to go to their homes and ensure the meter is turned off. Once the system has fully stabilized, National Grid will need to go back into each of those homes to relight gas appliances.

Do I need to be home in order for my gas to be restored?
Yes, however, if you are not at home when National Grid arrives to turn on your service, a door hanger will be left with instructions for contacting them to complete this step. They will then be out to relight promptly once called.

What should I do if I smell natural gas?
As always, if you smell gas in the house or suspect a leak in your home, you should call National Grid or 911. As every report of a gas leak is a potentially hazardous situation, they recommend you evacuate the premises and wait for authorities to arrive. Keep this in mind if you suspect a leak:

  • Leave the premise immediately.
  • Leave windows and doors as they are.
  • Do not touch any electrical or light switches, doorbells, phones or anything that could cause a spark such as any appliances or thermostats.
  • Do not turn any electrical equipment on or off.
  • Do not pull plugs from outlets.
  • Extinguish any open flames such as lit candles.
  • If you have a gas range or oven make sure the controls are turned off.
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