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Purpose, Applicability and Definitions

I. Purpose

As members of the RISD community, we are engaged in the mutual pursuit of both academic and artistic excellence and social responsibility. The purpose of this Code of Student Conduct is to establish standards for the ways in which we interact with each other in that pursuit, and procedures and consequences for dealing with instances in which those standards are not met. 

The Code is neither a criminal nor a civil code and does not operate like one. Our expectations for our fellow community members are for a significantly higher standard of conduct than the bare minimum prescribed by law; conduct that is legal may nevertheless still be unacceptable within the bounds of our community. 

The standards, procedures, and consequences set forth in the Code are intended to serve primarily not as a punitive system, but, rather, as an extension of RISD’s educational mission – to guide students in their growth as members of the RISD and broader communities.

II. Applicability

The Code applies to the on-campus conduct of all students. The Code also applies to off-campus conduct of students that, in RISD’s judgment, involves or affects RISD or other members of the RISD community, such as conduct in connection with:

A.    Academic work or other RISD-related educational activities and experiences, such as class projects, field trips, study abroad, student teaching, or internships;

B.    Activities sponsored, conducted, or authorized by RISD or its student organizations;

C.    Activities that cause or threaten harm to the health, safety, well-being, or property of RISD or members of the RISD community, including the student him- or herself; or

D.    Activities that unreasonably disturb the peace and privacy of the student’s neighbors when living in off-campus housing.

The Code applies to all such conduct by a student while a student, even if it occurs outside of an academic term or when the student is not otherwise enrolled at RISD. Moreover, RISD continues to have authority to administer the Code with respect to any such conduct by a student while a student even if the student subsequently graduates, withdraws, takes leave, or is otherwise absent from RISD, and even if RISD does not learn of such conduct until after the student graduates, withdraws, takes leave, or is otherwise absent from RISD.

Students also continue to be subject to federal, state, and local laws while at RISD.  While those laws are separate and independent from the Code and impose different standards, violations of them may also constitute violations of the Code. In such instances, RISD may take action under the Code independently of any other, legal proceeding involving the same conduct and may impose consequences for violation of the Code even if such other proceeding is not yet resolved or is resolved in the student’s favor.

III. Definitions

As used in the Code:

A. “Campus” means all lands, buildings, and facilities owned, leased, operated, or used by RISD.

B."Student” means an individual who has paid an acceptance fee, registered, or entered into any other contractual relationship with RISD for any form of instruction, whether or not for credit. For purposes of the Code, “student” status begins at the time of such payment, registration, or contractual undertaking, even if the student has not yet arrived on campus or commenced instruction, and continues until such time as the student graduates or otherwise completes the relevant program, formally and permanently withdraws, or is expelled. A student who has been suspended continues to be considered a “student” for purposes of the Code.

C. “Members of the RISD community” means RISD students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and agents; visitors to the RISD campus; and people and entities within the vicinity of the RISD campus.


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