Last Updated: 4/7/2021

Remote Students

Fall 2021 planning is focused on a return to full in-person instruction. We envision a return to full classrooms and laboratories, in-person internships, student teaching, and community research that are the cornerstones of our civic engagement opportunities for students, and for more socialization across residence halls and meals together in our dining halls. 

For students who have been remote learning and still may have concerns about returning to in-person classes in the fall, should complete the form here as soon as possible (and no later than May 1) to allow the professional advisors in the Center for Student Academic Success review possible options. Please note, this does not guarantee the University will be able to accommodate your request.

Class Formats and Class Schedule Updates

Bridges will serve as the primary space for welcome messages from your faculty and updates on courses throughout the semester. Students can begin checking their courses now via Bridges for information on class format and required books/materials. You may want to check back periodically, as some updates will happen closer to the start of classes.

All classrooms have been reconfigured for social distancing and capacity guidelines; equipped with cleaning stations; and outfitted with new technology to enable in-person and remote instruction. Classes are not considered social gatherings, and the R.I. social-gathering guidance does not apply in classrooms.

This means that classes will be able to deliver learning resources to students in multiple locations in some form or another: livestream, class capture, simulcasting or flipped asynchronous, among other modalities. This added flexibility is necessary to accommodate all students, whether they are not feeling well, in quarantine, isolation, or for other reasons.

The majority of Bristol classes will maintain an in-person component. However, some classes may only be offered in an online format due to classroom density or social-distancing requirements. 

All University College classes will be offered fully online or a hybrid option. 

View Your Schedule 

Students can view updates to their class schedule on RogerCentral. To view the format of each course, click on an individual class to view 'Meeting Information' (in the left column) to see class location details (Bristol, Providence, or Online). See additional information in 'How to View Class Formats'  blue bar below. 

Students will be able to add/drop classes in their schedule – see how to update your schedule by viewing Registration Tips & Procedures

Note: Class meeting times have been adjusted to allow for additional cleaning time in between classes.

In RogerCentral, when looking at your Spring schedule:

On the left menu of courses, under the course click on “Meeting Information”

If the location is Bristol Campus, the course is on campus, in a classroom meeting face-to-face

If the location is On-Line Course (Online), the course is only online.  Please note that some online courses have days/time associated with them.  These courses will show up in your calendar with your other courses.  Courses without days/times will show below your calendar under “Sections with no meeting time.”

All online courses are also coded with section numbers 90 – 99.  So CORE.102.91 is an online course.  91 is the section number, so this indicates this course is online. 

When searching for courses in the course catalog in RogerCentral, you can utilize the left menu to filter locations so you can filter online courses only by selecting “On-Line Course” or filter face-to-face courses by selecting “Bristol Campus.”  Please see the chart below to see further location details:

LOCATION                                       DESCRIPTION
Bristol Campus                                 Face-to-Face Bristol Campus courses
On-Line Course                                Bristol course taught completely online
Providence Campus                      Course taught face-to-face on the Providence Campus
Online Continuing Studies          University College course taught completely online

Academic Calendars 2020-21 

Bristol Undergraduate and Graduate Students

For the spring semester, classes will start a few days later, on Feb. 1, to provide time for our phased move-in approach. We will not observe a traditional spring break during second semester in order to reduce travel and possible exposure of students to the COVID-19 virus. 

View the complete Academic Calendar.

University College Students

UC Winter term runs through Jan. 21, 2021.

For the spring semester, UC classes start on Jan. 20, 2021, and the last day of classes will be May 17, 2021. University College is offering 6-week courses and 15-week courses, both beginning Jan. 27; and 8-week courses beginning March 22.

View the complete Academic Calendar.

RWU Law Students

Here’s the revised spring semester calendar for the Law School.

Jan. 25: Classes Begin
Jan. 25-26: Classes will be remote-only for Monday, Jan. 25, and Tuesday, Jan. 26, to provide additional time for in-person students to complete the clearance testing process.
Feb. 1 at Noon: Last Day to Drop/Add Classes
Feb. 23: Break Day 1 – No Classes
March 31: Break Day 2 – No Classes
May 3: Makeup Day (Follow Wednesday schedule)
May 4: Last Day of Regularly Scheduled Classes
May 5-7: Reading Period
May 8-19: Final Examinations

View the Law School's revised spring 2021 academic calendar.

Support at Center for Student Academic Success

Advising and Peer Mentorship

All students, whether remote or in-person have access to the resources in the Advising and Peer Mentorship Office. Students are welcome to schedule an appointment for assistance in navigating university processes, changing majors, exploring areas of interests, registering for classes, connecting with campus resources, or assistance with other academic related issues. Students can contact an advisor by emailing csas@rwu.edu or Elizabeth Niemeyer, Director of Advising and Peer Mentorship, eniemeyer@rwu.edu

First -year and new transfer students also have access to an assigned peer mentor for their entire first year. Peer mentors serve as an informed resource that new students can rely on as they navigate through their first year at RWU. New students will be contacted by their Peer Mentor shortly before spring classes begin. For more information about the Peer Mentor Program, contact Valerie Leishman, vleishman@rwu.edu

The Advising and Peer Mentorship Office provides access to Student Success Workshops throughout the semester. The workshops are accessible in person or virtually, in addition to on demand workshops available at the student’s convenience.

Academic placement questions in Writing, Math, and Foreign Language can be directed to the Academic Placement webpage or by contacting Angela Raymond, araymond@rwu.edu

International Student & Scholar Initiatives

As we prepare for the return of our international students we are mindful of the challenges that travel and remote learning across time zones can pose. That being said, we ask that students pay close mind to emails sent from the International Office and reach out to Cassidy Hammond at chammond@rwu.edu with any questions or concerns. Remember, we are here to support you in any way you need. The international office will work to ensure a smooth transition back to campus/online courses and keep students and stakeholders well-informed on current policy and any changes to travel and immigration policy. This office will now be located in the Center for Student Academic Success on the second floor of the Library.  

Student Accessibility Services (SA)

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is fully operational both on campus and remotely during the spring semester.  If you are a student with a disability and wish to receive accommodations, please contact us at sas@rwu.edu or  (401) 254-3841.  Please visit the website at rwu.edu/undergraduate/academics/student-academic-success/student-accessibility-services-sas for additional information. If you are on campus and would like to stop in, the office is located on the first floor of the library and is open 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center will provide tutoring through online platforms for the spring 2021 semester. All of the services of the Tutoring Center are free for RWU students. To access live, virtual tutoring for Math, Science, Writing and Modern Languages, students should go to Bridges and click on the course titled “RWU Online Tutoring SP 21.” They will see a list of tabs on the left side of the screen for each center. Students should click on the appropriate tab and then on the name of the tutor they would like to visit.

In addition, students can also access the email tutoring system for the Writing Center at rwu.edu/go/email-writinghelp. The Writing help email system is not in-person tutoring; it provides an email address to send your paper to a tutor for help.

For additional information about the Center please see the website rwu.edu/go/tutoring or enter “Tutoring Center” in the Search bar at rwu.edu.

The Tutoring Center has a live Zoom Helpline: Once the semester begins, click on this Zoom link Sundays 2-8p.m.; Mondays 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Fridays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and a live assistant will help you to access tutoring: rwu.zoom.us/my/rwututoringcenter 

Commuter Students

In response to the recent Commuter Student Survey, a committee of faculty and staff have provided the following spaces for commuter students to use to complete online courses that might happen before or after in-person classes.

A reminder: There is limited space in each building so you might want to have a backup plan if you find a space is fully occupied.  

  • Library – first and second floors
  • Commuter Lounge – located on garden level of Stonewall Terrace Building 4
  • Baypoint Conference Center Newport Room – entrance by side door on right (facing front of building)
  • GHH Atrium
  • GHH second floor
  • GHH small conference rooms
  • Library Instructional Lab – third floor
  • Sailing Center – Mondays all day; Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Student Senate Chambers – in the Recreation Center by the Radio Station: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • SECCM – first floor lobby
  • SECCM Lab Building – first and second floor lobbies

Please contact Assistant Dean of Students Carol Sacchetti with any questions.

Order Books Online

Students: Using your course list, order books from the bookstore website, rwu.bncollege.com. Hover over the “Textbooks” tab and choose “Find Textbooks.” You can enter all your courses at once, for a full list of books you will need. If a course is listed as “Course materials are pending,” the professor may not yet have submitted a book order.

It is not necessary to go to the bookstore, but it is open. Masks are required and the store capacity is 15 customers, so there may be a wait.

The bookstore’s hours are:

Monday: 9am to 4pm (starting Jan 25, Monday hours are 9am to 6pm)
Tuesday and Wednesday: 9am to 6pm
Thursday: 9am-5pm
Friday: 9am-4pm
Saturday: 10am-2pm
Sunday: Closed

Students can contact the bookstore via “Contact Us” on the website – include an order number if relevant. Or call (401) 254-3036: If it goes to voicemail, please call back; we may be assisting other customers.

Library Services

RWU Students, faculty and staff participating in the University’s testing program can access the University Library by swiping an ID to enter. The library has reduced its hours slightly, and staffing temporarily. At the front entrance, please enter in single file, to be more accurately tested by the thermal scanner. The number of public computers has been reduced to in order to maintain social distance requirements. 

Internships and Off Campus Projects 

Classes involving field experiences or off-campus collaborations should be transitioned, to the greatest extent possible, to online and virtual forums. Where off-campus engagements are necessary for academic and broader educational purposes, students, faculty, and staff will adhere to social-distancing, face mask use, and other recommended health and safety measures. The University will communicate with internship and externship sites to ensure that those sites are following guidelines issued by the RIDOH and to help students make decisions about engaging in activity at those locations. 

Faculty and staff involved in planning off-campus experiences for students should review and complete the Off-Campus Experiences: COVID-19 Checklist and Approval Process form

Study Abroad

Here is the current status of Study Abroad operations, by term.

Summer 2021 Short Term Programs

As we continue monitoring global travel advisories, final program status decisions for May programs will be made towards the end of February.  Students who have applied will be updated regularly with program updates. Programs that are scheduled for July/August continue to be monitored and decisions will be finalized in late March.

There are three programs listed on the Study Abroad Portal that are currently accepting applications. These programs include:

Fall 2021 Semester  

We continue moving ahead with Fall 2021 program applications and are encouraging interested students to complete Fall 2021 study abroad applications. The deadline is March 1 and you can visit the Study Abroad Portal to start the process. Of course we will continue monitoring global travel advisories and will determine the program status accordingly.    

Study Abroad Applications/Advising  

We want students to continue to work with the Spiegel Center so we can provide as much study abroad advising as possible. We would encourage students to connect with us remotely, either by email or Zoom calls, in-person meetings can be arranged on an appointment basis. Our general email address is scgip@rwu.edu.

Please follow the guidance below to set up advising sessions as needed:

  • Short Term Program Advising: Please email Becky Denson at rdenson@rwu.edu to seek any information you need related to short-term, faculty-led programs.  If you would like to set up an advising meeting via Zoom, you can also email Becky.
  • Fall 2021 Program Advising: For any student who is interested in a semester study abroad experience, please contact Kevin Hayden at khayden@rwu.edu. Whether you are planning to study abroad in Spring 2022 or finalizing Fall 2021 application, you should reach out via email to set up advising meetings via Zoom. As mentioned above, for any in-person meeting you would like to set up, please make an appointment by emailing Kevin Hayden.
    • Study Abroad Open Session:Every Friday from 2-4PM, the Spiegel Center hosts an open session via Zoom call.  This session allows students to connect with the Spiegel Center and ask any questions they may have.
    • Information Sessions:Please visit the RWU Study Abroad Portal for schedule information session.

We encourage all students who are interested in learning more about the study abroad process or need assistance in finalizing plans to please contact us as soon as possible.  

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