Parents & Families

Welcome to the Roger Williams University Family!

The Office of Student & Family Assistance focuses on developing lasting relationships that begin at acceptance and extend throughout your college experience. We are dedicated to supporting the overall academic success and well-being of our students.

It's a great day to be a Hawk!

Here Are A Few Helpful Links:   Academic Calendar  Student Handbook  Contact Us

Law Academic Calendar  Law Student Handbook

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A Guide for Students and Families

Renee Vachon Danho, RWU’s first-ever director of student and family assistance, helps empower students with the confidence to succeed as independent adult learners. Additionally, students and families in distress can seek the information they need to effectively navigate crisis situations, including medical leave of absence. Renee can be reached at 401-254-3009 or

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Current Families

Get the information you need to best support your current RWU student whether they are in their first year or their last.

Support Your Student
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Prospective Families

Get useful information on RWU admission requirements, programs, majors, and other information to help your student decide on RWU. Also learn about visiting campus, parking on campus, and taking full advantage of your visit to our community.

New Student Parent & Family Information Form

See What Makes RWU Unique
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Student & Family Events

Orientation, Convocation, Commencement, Homecoming, and Family Weekend are wonderful times when families can get better acquainted with the Roger Williams campus and Bristol community.

Join Us for an Event
Parent & Family Association

Parent & Family Association

The Parent & Family Association invites parents to serve as ambassadors for RWU in the following areas: Admission, Advancement, Career Services, and Student Life.

Join the Parent & Family Association

Last Spring 2018 Edition of "This Week at Roger" Newsletter to Distribute on May 23

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Due to the limited number of events and campus announcements during the summer break, the university newsletter, "This Week at Roger," will suspend weekly distribution after sending a final issue on Wednesday, May 23. "This Week at Roger" will resume its normal weekly distribution schedule — Wednesday at 3 p.m. — in August 2018.

If you wish to get an an event or campus announcement into the May 23 issue of "This Week at Roger," please submit your details by 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23. Fill out the Submit an Event form to get your event included on the University Events Calendar. Visit the Submit a Campus Announcement form to share an announcement with the campus community on the Campus Announcements page.

Summer Dining Hours

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Upper Commons

Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
*Continuous Service is available*

Saturday, May 19 – Saturday, May 26: Closed
Sunday, May 27: Dinner only, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.                                                

Summer Hours begin Monday, May 28* (7-days a week)

Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
*Fourth of July: no lunch service

Thursday, May 17 (last day of operation for the summer)
Continental breakfast only: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Law School Bistro
Monday, April 30 - Friday, May 11: closes at 1:00 p.m.

Lower Commons
Wednesday, May 16: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 19: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 20: Closed

Monday, May 21 – Friday, May 25 (closed weekends)
Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
*the Lower Commons will be open during Orientation weeks for lunch only*

Café Express and Global Café
Wednesday, May 16: closes for the summer at 2:00 p.m.

Hawk’s Nest
Wednesday, May 16: closes at 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 17: 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 19: 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
*the Hawk’s Nest will be open during Orientation days*

Wednesday, May 16: closes at 8:00 p.m.


Leaving Your Car on Campus for the Summer?

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Need a place to store your car for the summer? Please park in the parking garage (2nd floor) for the duration. Vehicle must have a valid parking permit! Vehicles parked for an extended period of time in any other lot may be subject to ticketing and towing. 

Students, employees, and visitors park at Roger Williams University at their own risk and without any liability to the University. Roger Williams University assumes no responsibility or liability for fire, theft, damage to or loss of any automobile or any article left therein. Only permission to park is granted and no bailment is created.

Employee Parking Permit Renewals

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Many employee parking stickers are due to expire on May 31, 2018. Employees should log on using their network log on to renew their permits for every vehicle they have on file. Please go to and order today. Permits will be sent directly to your mailing address. Any questions? Please email