Skip to Content

Emergency Notices

RWU Alert: Operating Status to Level 3 at 5:00 pm; All Evening Classes and Events Cancelled

Message posted on Monday, February 8, at 10:45 am

With winter weather conditions expected to last throughout the evening, all Roger Williams University classes and events have been cancelled for the remainder of Monday, Feb. 8. This includes all undergraduate, graduate, law and continuing studies classes in both Bristol and Providence.

Employees – Please note that the University will move to Level 3 at 5 pm today. Until 5 pm, only Essential Services Personnel are required to report. But all employees scheduled to start a regular shift at 5 pm or later are asked to report as normal. For any employee scheduled for 5 pm or later who is unable to report, please make arrangements with your supervisor to request vacation time.

The Extended Winter Parking Ban will remain in effect until 7 am on Tuesday morning. Any vehicles on campus until then should be parked in Lot A or on the first or second level of the Parking Garage.

Unless otherwise posted, the University is expected to return to Operating Level 1 – all operations normal – for Tuesday, Feb. 9.


All University Operations Cancelled for Daytime on Monday; Essential Services Personnel Only

Message posted on Monday, February 8, at 4:15 am

In response to the winter weather currently affecting the Bristol area, Roger Williams University will operate at Campus Operating Level 4 for the daytime hours on Monday, February 8, beginning at 7 am.

This means that all university operations during the daytime – including classes and events in both Bristol and Providence – are cancelled, and only Essential Services Personnel are required to report.

A decision on evening classes will be communicated by approximately 3 pm. on Monday afternoon.

The Extended Winter Parking Ban will remain in effect until further notice, and any vehicles on campus should be parked in Lot A or on the first or second level of the Parking Garage.

For students on campus, the University will open the Library at 8 am. The Dining Commons will run on a holiday schedule. All retail locations will be closed. Upper Commons and Baypoint will serve brunch from 10:30 am to 2 pm, remain open with limited stations from 2 to 4 pm, and will serve dinner from 4:30 to 7 pm. The Recreation Center will be open from 6 am to 5 pm. Health Services will be open from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm but is limited to urgent care visits.

Finally, for those students who live off campus, please note that the Town of Bristol has implemented a parking ban for all public roads beginning at 9 am on Monday.


RWU at Level 2; Parking Ban Begins at 7 pm on Sunday

Message Posted on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 5:45 pm

With snow in the forecast for Monday, Feb. 8, Roger Williams University is currently operating at Level 2 – all operations normal; emergency planning in progress. The University will continue to monitor the weather forecast and conditions, and a decision about Monday’s operating status will be sent via the RWU Alert system and posted to the University website by 6 a.m. tomorrow morning at latest.

In preparation for the anticipated storm, the Department of Public Safety has issued an Extended Winter Parking Ban starting Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The parking ban remains in effect until 7 a.m. on Monday morning at minimum – depending on university operating status for Monday, it may be extended.

Students – As outlined in the Student Handbook, only On-Campus Residents (orange permit required) will be authorized to park overnight. On-Campus Residents with orange permits should relocate vehicles to Lot A (near Parking Garage) or where permitted on the first two levels of the Parking Garage. If those areas are filled, then parking is authorized in C lot (near Bayside and located off North Campus Road).

Vehicles not relocated to the approved lots by 7 p.m. may be towed, and charges will be assessed to the student.

Any employees who may be at work during the Extended Winter Parking Ban hours should also plan to park Lot A or the Parking Garage.