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RWU has a number of policies that apply to our commuter students -- from our Good Neighor Policy for all students residing off campus in Bristol to our student conduct code. Learn more about important information that pertains to you.

Good Neighbor Policy

Roger Williams University students have been living off campus for many years and in most instances have developed positive and lasting relationships with area residents. Off campus students must understand and appreciate that residents of a particular community have made a long-term commitment to their neighborhood; students are transient members of the community and usually remain only for the duration of their academic tenure. The quality of life and the overall character of a neighborhood can be greatly influenced by the lifestyles and sense of citizenship exercised by student residents. A respectful and courteous attitude is usually returned in kind and makes the neighborhood a more pleasant place in which to live. In fact, some students may find community service activities further their sense of belonging in their neighborhood.

Living off campus is a maturing experience that carries concomitant responsibilities. As a student living in the community, you are a representative of Roger Williams University and your conduct will reflect directly on the University. Families living in the neighborhoods around our campus have a right to enjoy a reasonable level of peace and quiet. As students, your academic and personal schedules often conflict with the more routine schedules of families. Students are expected to exercise good judgment and be sensitive to the needs of their neighbors.

Most neighborhood residents are not against responsible parties. What concerns them, however, is rowdiness, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and people partying outside with loud music or other noise late into the night. Party hosts put themselves in serious jeopardy when their guests act irresponsibly. As a social host, you assume all the risks associated with state and local laws regulating drinking age, noise and public safety when you host a party at your apartment.

Recent court decisions have held the social host liable for personal injury and property damage caused to a third party as a result of the irresponsible service of alcoholic beverages to guests. This liability is compounded when minors are involved. It is important to understand that the University has no interest in regulating what goes on in the privacy of your home. However, when otherwise private actions or behaviors become public and attract the attention of neighbors or others within the community that is when Roger Williams University becomes involved.

Living off campus does not circumvent your responsibility as a member of the Roger Williams University community to abide by the Student Code of Conduct. Take the responsibilities of living off campus seriously. This social experience is part of your education and should be a pleasant one for you and your neighbors.