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Emergency Notices

Dining Hours Update


Upper Commons - normal closing
Baypoint - normal closing
Lower Commons - closes at 10:00 p.m.
C-Store - closes at 10:00 p.m.
Global Cafe - closes at 5:00 p.m.
Hawk's Nest - normal closing
Law School - normal closing
Cafe Express - normal closing


Upper Commons

  • Breakfast: opens at 10:00 a.m.
  • Brunch: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

(Note: The Upper Commons will remain open between brunch and dinner.)


  • Brunch: 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Lower Commons: 7:00 p.m. - Midnight
Weather depending – if the storm continues to be treacherous the Lower Commons will be closed all day.

All other retail: Closed

Shelter for Off-Campus Students Who Lose Power

Message posted on Monday, January 25, at 4:49 pm.

For any RWU students living off campus in local apartments who lose electrical power during the snowstorm, the University is providing safe shelter at the new “Lighthouse Lounge” at the Baypoint residence hall in Portsmouth. If you need shelter, please consider using the Shuttle Service once reopened during the day on Tuesday. Make sure to bring blankets, pillows and personal healthcare items. Bathroom and shower facilities will be available. In addition, you will be able to access dining at Baypoint on a discounted pay-by-meal basis.

Safety Tips for Snowstorm Juno

Message posted on Monday, January 25, at 4:03 pm.

Click here for tips to stay safe during blizzard conditions. The most important rule: common sense applies!

Winter Weather Update: RWU Operating Status for Monday Evening & Tuesday

Message posted on Monday, January 25, at approximately 12:45 pm.

With the impending snowstorm likely to affect safety and travel in the region, the RWU Emergency Response Team has been monitoring the forecast closely.

Snow is likely to begin early this evening with blizzard conditions, including dangerous wind gusts, arriving after 10:00 pm tonight. Moderate snowfall will continue throughout the day on Tuesday, and total accumulations are predicted in the range of 16 to 24 inches. Please keep in mind that this may vary depending on the exact track of the storm.

Please read the following message carefully for information on campus status for Monday and Tuesday along with general safety information regarding the snowstorm.

Monday’s Operating Status

With snow likely to begin this evening, Roger Williams University will operate at Campus Operating Level 3 beginning at 5:00 pm today. This means that all classes and significant events scheduled to begin at 5:00 pm or later on Monday are cancelled; this includes all undergraduate, graduate and law school classes in both Bristol and Providence. Please note that at Level 3, all employees scheduled to report are asked to report as normal. Employees with questions should contact their direct supervisor.

The RWU Law Library will close at 5:00 pm as well. However, the University Library, Dining Commons and Fitness Center will remain open until 10 pm tonight. After 10 pm, all students are advised to remain indoors.

Tuesday’s Operating Status

With blizzard conditions arriving overnight and the potential for snow throughout Tuesday, the University will move to Campus Operating Level 4 beginning at 7:00 am on Tuesday morning. This means that all university operations are cancelled for Tuesday, and as of 7:00 am on Tuesday, only Essential Services Personnel will be required to report, until further notice.

For the convenience of students on campus, the University will work to open the Library and Fitness Center by mid-morning tomorrow. Further updates will be provided on specific timing. Brunch and dinner will be offered at the Dining Commons on Tuesday.

Parking & Shuttle Information

In preparation for the anticipated winter storm, the Department of Public Safety has issued an Extended Winter Parking Ban starting Monday, January 26, at 6:00 pm and remaining in effect until further notice. Additionally, the Town of Bristol has implemented a Parking Ban effective 6:00 pm tonight until further notice.

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). In addition, H Lot and D Lot will be closed so that those large areas can be cleared of snow as well.

To facilitate snow removal, bicycles should not be secured to any fixtures adjacent to the sidewalks. Bicycles that impede snow removal will be removed and relocated to the parking garage. Replacing locks that have to be cut off will be the responsibility of the student.

Any vehicles not relocated to the approved lots at 6:00 pm may be towed, and charges will be assessed to the student. Click here to view the Campus Parking Map.

And due to hazardous road conditions, Shuttle Service will end at 10:00 pm on Monday night; as of now, they are expected to resume on Tuesday at 10:00 am on the holiday schedule as long as roads are safe and passable.

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.

Please direct any questions to

Campus Safety and Travel

For students living in the residence halls, Student Life will distribute a list of key safety tips. The most critical recommendations are: (1) that students remain indoors during the height of the storm; and (2) that students avoid the waterfront and do not attempt to go in or near the water or the Learning Platform during the storm.

With heavy snow and strong winds, the potential for power outages exists as well. While all residence halls are equipped with emergency power capability at minimum, further instructions will be provided to students should the campus lose some or all of its electrical power. 

For on-campus assistance at any point during the storm, in addition residence hall staff, students should contact Public Safety at (401) 254-3333 for emergencies, or (401) 254-3611 for non-emergency issues. For off-campus emergencies, please call 911 or the Bristol police at (401) 253-6900.

As additional updates are required, they will be distributed through the RWU Alert system and posted to the web at