Hiatus Information

Sometimes students need to take a break from their college career for a variety of reasons. The list below serves as a useful reference for where to start and what to do, if you need to leave or return to RWU. The Advising and Peer Mentorship Office can also help to point you in the right direction.


Who: Student who has no plans to return to RWU
Where: Advising and Peer Mentorship Office: Located on the 2nd Floor of the Library, 401-254-3456, csas@rwu.edu  
Department of Residential Life & Housing (if residing in RWU Residence Hall)

Admission Withdrawals & Deferrals

Who: Student who is admitted but has never started classes at RWU
Where: Admissions Office (if re-admitted, then also through admissions) 401-253-1040, admit@rwu.edu

Medical Leave of Absence & Medical Reinstatement

Who: Student who is unable to finish the semester for medical reasons
          Student who is returning from a medical leave
Where: Director of Student and Family Assistance

Study Abroad for non-RWU programs

Who: Student who is looking to study abroad or Intern in a non-RWU program
Where: Advising and Peer Mentorship Office

Study Abroad for RWU programs

Who: Student who is looking to study abroad in an RWU program
Where: Speigal Center for Global and International Programs


Who: Student returning who was enrolled at RWU at some point in the past
Other Types: Medical Leave – Director of Student and Family Assistance
Admissions Deferral – Admissions
Judicial Removal – Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
Where: Advising ad Peer Mentorship Office
Student should request University Housing via email at rwuhousing@rwu.edu