About Student Life

The Division of Student Life Mission

With a focus on students' holistic development, the Division of Student Life partners with students, staff, and faculty to cultivate diverse and thriving communities. We provide support, mentorship, educational initiatives, and opportunities for identity exploration and leadership development to foster students' academic success, well-being, and capacity to become life-long learners who contribute to an equitable society.

The Vice President of Student Life oversees the offices that enact this mission.

Dr. John J King        Vice President of Student Life              jjking@rwu.edu


Office of Student Life:
Center for Student Development Suite 100

What We Offer

Student life is about much more than just what goes on inside the classroom. Through our multiple offices and responsibilities, the Division of Student Life staff offer a variety of events, and leadership experiences that provide students the opportunity to meet new people and explore their interests and passions.

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Supporting Students of Concern or in Emergencies

We have staff on-call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to ensure students are safe and secure. Learn who to contact if you need support or are concerned about a student's well-being.

Supporting Students

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Financial Well-being Resources

We make every effort to support students’ financial well-being — the ability to successfully manage expenses and meet short- and long- term financial goals within an established budget and current resources. At times, students experience unanticipated situations or face difficult circumstances that interfere with their financial well-being and academic success.

Learn More

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Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation 

At Roger Williams University we believe in building a strong mind and healthy body. For our students this means access to state-of-the-art recreation facilities and a range of fun, active intramural sports and activities.


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We want all of our students to feel connected and involved on campus, even as a commuter. Every athletic team, intramurals, clubs, and organizations are open to everyone, and with a dedicated commuter lounger, commuting students are sure to make RWU a home away from home.


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Counseling Center 

Learn more about our services--from our programs on wellness, relationships and dreams to one-on-one sessions and anonymous online mental health screenings.

Counseling Center

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Dining Services 

With food ranked top 5% in the country, Bon Appétit makes sure there is something for everyone—including special dinners for Ramadan, Christmas, Thanksgiving and Chinese New Year. Not only is the food great (and healthy), it’s local! 

Dining at RWU

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Health Education Program

The Director of Health Education/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Coordinator and the Student Health and Wellness Educators (HAWEs) work together to provide education and support to Roger Williams University students in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

Health Education

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Health Services

Roger Williams University Health Services is committed to delivering confidential, evidence-based health care and fostering compassionate and collaborative partnerships with students, families, and the campus community.

Health Services

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First year students are welcomed into the RWU community through our summer orientation. We have designed it so that our students have an easy transition into college life as well as help them get connected with other students on campus.


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Public Safety and Transportation

The Department of Public Safety strives to provide a safe and secure environment conducive to living and learning.

Public Safety

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Residence Life and Housing

When you live at Roger Williams University, you'll discover a safe, supportive, and fun community you'll be proud to call home.

Living at RWU

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Spiritual Life

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion extends to all religious faiths with spiritual life viewed as an integral part of a student's holistic development.

Spiritual Life

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Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution 

We support a safe, healthy and inclusive campus community that is conducive to learning where students act with honesty, integrity, civility and respect for themselves and others.

Student Conduct

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Student and Family Assistance 

When difficulties arise, the Office of Student & Family Assistance can offer support and assists students and families communicate absences, discuss medical leaves, and navigate the University experience.

Family Assistance

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Student Programs and Leadership 

Student Programs & Leadership staff advise and support the diverse array of student clubs, organizations, events, and leadership opportunities on campus.

Student Programs & Leadership

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Title IX Office (Sexual Misconduct)

The Roger Williams University community understands that any instance of sexual violence affects the entire community and, as such, is dedicated to educating and supporting students, staff, and faculty on any and all Title IX topics and issues.

Title IX