Last Updated: 9/4/2020

Updated Academic Calendars 2020-21 

Bristol Undergraduate and Graduate Students
For the fall semester, the first day of classes will be Aug. 26 and the last day of in-person course delivery will be Nov. 24, prior to the Thanksgiving break. There will be no days off for other traditional holidays. This decision has been made so classes can end before the U.S. typically enters peak flu season and our community may be most susceptible to a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus.  

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

For the fall semester, the full 16-week term starts on Sept. 8 and the last day of classes will be Dec. 22. University College is also offering: two 5-week terms (Sept. 8 – Oct. 15 and Nov. 16 – Dec. 22), one 8-week term (Oct. 1– Nov. 26), and one 10-week term (Oct. 10 – Dec. 22).

UC Winter term will run Jan. 4, 2021, 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.

RWU Law Students

The School of Law will welcome new students virtually this year through online orientation programs beginning Aug. 3. Law school classes begin on Aug. 17, with classes delivered in person, online and in hybrid format.

The Law School has made some changes to its academic schedule as of July 12, 2020. View the revised schedule here. All of these changes also appear on Roger Central. And read RWU Law Fall 2020 Reopening: The FAQ

Outdoor Classes

Outdoor spaceimage of RWU Dining Tent outside The Commons on Bristol Campus is available for morning classes in the dining tent outside the Commons. As many as 5 classes can be scheduled, Monday through Friday, until 10:30 a.m.

Faculty should refer to the Aug. 24 email from Provost Margaret Everett on how to reserve space.

Chairs are also available in the front portico of GSB for outdoor learning.

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 Rom – entrance by side door on right (facing front of building)
  • Baypoint Conference Center Conference Room, located on the second floor past the Gym and Pool: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • 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.

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 how the classroom has been reconfigured for public health protocols and outfitted with new technology.

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 limit of 15 people 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 Fall 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

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center, part of the Center for Student Academic Success, will provide tutoring through online platforms for the fall 2020 semester. All of the services of the Tutoring Center are free for RWU students. While you will see a course in your schedule called “RWU Online Tutoring Fall 20,” you are not being charged for this course.  In order to make tutoring accessible to all students, we have placed all undergraduate students in this course.  This course will not be part of your academic record.  

To access tutoring for Math, Science, and Foreign Languages, students should go to Bridges and click on the course titled “RWU Online Tutoring Fall 20.” You will see directions for how to access tutoring.  

To access tutoring for writing, students should go to rwu.edu/go/email-writinghelp. Attach your paper to an email and include information like the name of the course, the required documentation format (MLA, APA, Chicago), and the assignment instructions. A writing tutor will review your paper, provide comments, and return it to you via email.  

Karen Bilotti, Tutoring Center and Writing Center Director, kbilotti@rwu.edu
Tracey McDonnell Wysor, Science Center Coordinator, twysor@rwu.edu
Richard Fullerton, Math Center Coordinator, rfullerton@rwu.edu

Classroom Technology Assistants

Thirty-eight work-study and SAAHP graduate students have been hired as Classroom Technology Assistants to provide in-classroom support for technology issues faculty encounter during class, as well as those experienced by students attending class online.

Internships and Off Campus Projects 

Classes involving field experiences or off-campus collaboration will be transitioned, to the greatest extent possible, to online and virtual forums.

Where in-person transactions may continue to be necessary to fulfill obligations, 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 in order to assure that those sites are following guidelines issued by the RIDOH to help students make decisions about engaging in activity at those locations. 

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. 

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