Reopening Roger: Spring Return

Thanks to your incredible participation with our safety protocols and testing program, RWU was a national model for how to safely reopen and remain open this fall. With even stronger measures in place, we are ready to welcome back students to campus as planned for the spring semester.

While we begin the semester with increased vigilance and safety protocols, we can appreciate being together again and know that our sacrifices and challenges now will ease as we move toward warmer weather, being outdoors, and commemorating the end of this remarkable year with joyful celebration.

Last Updated: 1/22/2021

We're ready for Spring Semester. For a quick, scannable summary of the latest updates to the Reopening Roger site, visit the Updates page.

Looking Back on a Remarkable Fall Semester

Katie LaPage

Katie LaPageSenior Marketing major, Commuter

"I was very nervous that this semester wouldn’t happen and I wouldn’t experience a relatively normal senior year. It has been great that we were able to be on campus, see our friends, and be in class. A lot of the clubs and orgs this semester really stepped it up and did a lot of events that were accommodating to social distancing so that people could do things other than just going to classes and going back to their dorms. It was pretty fun."

Justine Monsell

Justine MonsellJunior International Business and Finance double major, Campus Resident

"I’m a part of event operations and I liked being able to go back to Roger, talk to my bosses, and do everything we could. We helped with the flu clinics and were able to help the community continue to work even though we were in a pandemic. We actually put on a lot of concerts. The musicians would be on Zoom, and we would set up a giant screen either on the Global Heritage Hall (GHH) lawn or in the Commons tent. People could come in on their own computers, and when we were in the Commons tent the tables were already socially distanced. When we were on the GHH lawn, people would spread out and listen."

Zachary Lafontaine Zachary Lafontaine

Sophomore Legal Studies ad Political Science major, Commuter

"It was a privilege to have the ability to work remotely as well as in person through the hybrid model. Even as a commuter student, I felt connected. I felt I was part of President Miaoulis’s mission that we are all a family at RWU. This semester, we sufficiently met that goal."

Alli Schoenfeldt

Alli SchoenfeldtFirst-year Psychology major, Campus Resident

"COVID suppressed my senior spring of high school. Being able to go to college and live on campus when a lot of my peers had to stay remote or go home was a good way to come out of that experience with some positivity, with the the experience of having a roommate, making new friends, and getting involved. I got to have the college experience when a lot of my friends are still stuck at home."

Monaye HindsMonaye Hinds

Sophomore Biology major, Campus Resident

"My genetics and organic chemistry classes both have labs, and we were able to have the labs in person. I’m a hands-on learner, so even though the labs had to be split up for social distancing, I was grateful to be able to have them."

Noelle Craveiro

NoelleJunior Cultural Studies major, Fully Remote

"I really appreciated having the option to be virtual. My professors did an awesome job accommodating my needs. Being able to have different modes of learning, not just sitting on Zoom but being able to have Voicethread and live meetings was a great way to keep me engaged. It didn’t feel monotonous even though I was in my house all the time. I didn’t expect to have so many options."

Adam Cavanaugh

image of RWU sophomore Adam CavanaughSophomore Management and International Business double major, Campus Resident

"My favorite moment was arriving to campus and moving in. We crave a sense of normalcy, and for so long we didn’t have it. After being on one of the Reopening Roger committees and seeing all the planning stages, working from the strategic to the tactical to the operational, seeing the result of it as we moved on campus was really fulfilling."

RWU COVID-19 Testing Statistics: Fall 2020

graphic depicting RWU administered more than 95,000 COVID tests Fall 2020 semester
95,000+ Total Tests

Conducted Aug. 15 to Nov. 24

graphic depicting that RWU administered more than 7,000 tests weekly across both campuses
7,100 Tests Per Week

Across Both Campuses

graphic depicting the low 0.20 % overall positivity rate
0.20% Overall Positivity Rate

Thanks for Making Smart Choices!

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Experiential Learning in a Pandemic: A Closer Look at 6 Courses

image of cast of Much Ado About Nothing at RWU, Fall 2020
Throughout the fall semester, RWU students and professors found fun and community-engaged ways to keep learning hands-on, both in-person and at a distance.

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Faculty Went So Far ‘Above and Beyond’ This Fall, Students Had to Create a New Award

image of Hybrid Hero Award conferred by the Student Senate on RWU faculty who went 'above and beyond' during Fall 2020 semester
Over 150 students nominated 92 professors to receive 'Hybrid Hero' Awards from the Student Senate Academic Affairs Committee.

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Grateful for this Semester: A Message from President Miaoulis

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