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!

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COVID-19 Guidance, Resources for Students & Families

Dear RWU Students & Families,

The Office of Student & Family Assistance is working closely with all RWU offices and faculty to ensure your needs and concerns are addressed during this very challenging time.

If you have questions or issues that arise as this unique spring semester unfolds, I will be here to support you. Please be diligent about monitoring your email as the University will continue to send you important information on a regular basis. If you have specific questions, or if you are unsure of where to turn, I can be reached at (401) 254-3009 or

Additionally, I hope you will find the resources noted under the yellow Support Your Student button (below) to be helpful as we all strive for balance and resiliency in the midst of pandemic.

With my best wishes for your continued good health,
Renee Vachon Danho
Director of Student & Family Assistance

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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.

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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.

RWU Admissions

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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.

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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

Faculty and Staff: How to Add an Event to the University Events Calendar

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As of April 8, the University Events Calendar has been merged with the calendar from the university's 25Live room reservation system. Now, when you reserve a space for an event on campus, it will be added to the University Events Calendar. You'll no longer have to submit the same information in two separate systems.

When reserving a space through 25Live, please write a clear event title so that anyone viewing your event on the calendar will easily understand what it is. We also ask that you add an event description, including any necessary information about cost, registration and whether it is open to students, faculty, staff or the general public. If your submission does not have a clear event title or it is lacking an event description, we may ask for more information before approving your event.

If you have any questions about how to use 25Live, please contact Deb Burgo at

Announcing the 20th Annual Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Program

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  1. Exhibition - Celebrating 20 Years of of Birss Programming, this years exhibition, “Stephen Crane & The Red Badge of Courage” will have its opening celebration on February 6, 2020 at 4:30 in the University Library. The exhibition will run through March 31, 2020.
  2. Keynote Speaker - The Birss keynote will be delivered by Christopher Benfey on March 5, 2020 @ 4:30 in the Mary Tefft White Center.  Christopher Benfey is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. He is the author of five highly regarded books about the American Gilded Age including The Double Life of Stephen Crane (1992) and A Summer of Hummingbirds, which won both the 2009 Christian Gauss Award of Phi Beta Kappa and the Ambassador Book Award. His most recent book, If: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2019. Benfey is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and The New York Times Sunday Book Review. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2013, he won the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which is given to a writer whose work merits recognition for the quality of its prose style.
  3. Rogers Free Library Birss Events:
    1. Adult Book Club Discussion: February 26, 2020 (3 PM and 7 PM)
    2. Public Writing Workshop involving elements of Crane in “Found Poetry”: February 27, 2020 (TIME TBD)

Spring Break Shuttles and Parking

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Sign up now for Outbound and Inbound transportation for Spring Break @

There will be no weekend shuttle on March, 7-8 or March 14.  Shuttle service will resume March 15 at 6PM.

If you are leaving your car over the break, all vehicles must be parked within the confines of the Parking Garage in A lot.  

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Spring Break Dining Hours of Operation

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Thursday, March 5

Lower Commons: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

All other locations: normal hours of operation


Friday, March 6
Upper Commons: 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Baypoint: 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Lower Commons: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Café Express, Global Café, C-Store, and Law School: all close at 2:00 p.m.

Hawk’s Nest: closed


Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 | All locations closed

Monday, March 9 – Friday, March 13
Lower Commons
Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Lunch: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

All other locations: Closed


Saturday, March 14 | All locations closed


Sunday, March 15
Upper Commons: 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Baypoint: Reopens for dinner, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Lower Commons (resume normal operating hours): 1:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Monday, March 16 | All locations resume normal operating hours