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Many students have been wondering how the fall semester will play out amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tonight, they have finally gotten some answers. President Ioannis Miaoulis announced via all-student email that RWU is fully committed to reopening for the fall 2020 semester.

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As most students will soon prepare for online finals, those in Professor Nancy Rosenberg’s Music Theatre Workshop will prepare for a virtual cabaret. Rosenberg’s workshop is a semester-long course where students come together to learn about musical theatre from the 1900s to the present. Week…

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Summer orientation sessions will move online as a result of COVID-19, according to Vice President of Student Life Dr. John King. King announced the news in the virtual Student Senate Meeting on April 20.

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Counselors at the RWU Center for Counseling and Student Development can no longer meet with students in person since campus closed due to COVID-19. As a result, the center has adjusted to these changes, offering online services and finding a counselor for students to speak with.

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The university administration has decided to furlough more employees and reduce pay for employees across the board in an attempt to fill an $11 million gap in the budget. This decision resulted mostly from giving refunds back to students in the wake of COVID-19.

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The RWU Board of Trustees and the Law Board of Directors have selected Gregory Bowman to become the sixth dean of RWU Law. “I am really excited and honored to be joining the RWU community,” Bowman said in a press release from the school of law. He will start on July 1.Current Dean Michael Ye…

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A new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs will be joining the Roger Williams University community on July 1. Dr. Margaret Everett will fill the position left vacant since June 2019.

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On April 4, the university confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in the school community. A staff member working in the Marine and Natural Sciences (MNS) Wet Lab tested positive for the virus.  

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Undergrad students will be allowed to convert their grades for the spring 2020 semester to pass/no pass effective immediately, according to an all-student email sent out by President Miaoulis on March 27. Students have until June 1 to choose which classes they’d like to convert. 

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When former provost Andy Workman left RWU last June, the university set a goal to appoint a new provost before the 2020-2021 academic year began. COVID-19 has recently changed much of campus’ normal operations, but it has not put a stop to the university’s national search.

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According to the Registrar's Office, there are roughly 1,600 courses loaded onto Bridges this semester, including some from the School of Law. Sue Bosco, associate provost of academic affairs, believes the university has the groundwork needed for professors to build on. 

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In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, classes are not the only thing moving online. Campaigning processes for Interclass Council (ICC) and the Student Senate, traditionally done in-person, are moving completely to social media platforms.

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RWU students will be taking classes online until at least April 20, according to a campus-wide email sent out on March 18 by the Emergency Response Team. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak across the world, students are not allowed to come back to campus until at least April 18. A decision will be…

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RWU students will be taking classes online until at least April 20, according to a campus-wide email sent out on March 18 by the Emergency Response Team. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak across the world, students are not allowed to come back to campus until at least April 18. A decision will be…

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The Hawks’ Herald will update this page regularly with updates about COVID-19 and how RWU plans to respond. Students can also find updates at the website created by the university. 

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15 students and one faculty member who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, are being asked to self-quarantine until March 14 after an attendee from New Jersey tested positive for COVID-19.

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Roger Williams University launched its first Equity Action Plan (EAP) on Friday, Feb. 21, after nearly two years of work was completed by students and members of the five task forces of the university. These efforts were led by Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Offi…

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Bristol Police arrested a 33-year-old man on a disorderly conduct charge after responding to a report of indecent exposure in a men’s locker room adjacent to the pool deck of the Campus Recreation Center on Tuesday, Feb. 18.Robin Perkins, whose address was listed as 15 Meeting St., Newport, …

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A major change planned for the university's annual commencement is designed to shorten the duration of the ceremony, which last year ran over three hours long.

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Soon students will no longer have to wonder where the university shuttle is if it's running late to a stop. A new application, powered by an app called Passio GO, will tell students where the shuttle buses are in real time. Catherine Tobin, manager of transportation and parking on campus, sa…

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Important changes have recently been made to the student housing selection process, which were detailed in an email sent out by the Department of Residence Life and Housing on Feb. 10. The first change has to do with cancellation fees. In the past, the housing department would often run out …

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An alleged incident of indecent exposure occurred in the male locker room by the pool in the Recreation Center on Tuesday, Feb. 18, according to an all-student email sent out by Vice President of Student Life John King on Feb. 19. The suspect was arrested by Bristol Police and the university…

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Several students told the Student Senate on Feb. 10 they have been discriminated against on campus because of their political beliefs. The comments came during the open debate, a public forum on every week’s agenda when senators and members of the audience can discuss topics of their choice.…

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A construction crew recently installed a patch on the roof of the Gabelli School of Business (GSB) to deal with a chronic leak. Though a temporary fix, one university official said it is costing the school $8,000. William Seymour, assistant vice president of facilities and capital projects, …

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As of Feb. 8, there have been 34 confirmed cases of the flu on campus this year, according to a university official. Just this semester, there have been 31 cases alone. 

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“Are you interested in having your voice heard on campus? Do you want to represent your fellow members of the student body and help affect positive change on campus?” Students were asked these questions in three emails from the university’s Student Senate account. The emails sent out in Dece…

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Roger Williams University has yet to post the job of university chaplain, a position left vacant after Rev. Nancy Soukup retired last November. That leaves a void in meeting the spiritual needs of students. 

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Students will still be able to watch sporting events on some local stations. 

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Well, not actually, according to an all-student email sent on Jan. 31 by Vice President of Student Life John King. According to King, the university is switching their cable subscription to a package with less channels. The change will occur on Feb. 17.“There’s just been a sea change related…

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The idea started a few years ago when Assistant Vice President and Dean for Student Life Lisa Landreman found out a student was living out of their car after being evicted from their home and estranged from their family. 

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Diners in Upper Commons may have noticed that baskets of napkins are no longer on the tables. This was done to cut back on waste from the RWU community.“We’re always trying to get students to not waste food,” said James Gubata, general manager of Commons. “It’s the same thing with the napkin…

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Students in one of the new labs in the SECCM building