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How is RISD accredited?
RISD is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Please direct any inquiries regarding RISD’s accreditation status to Vice President for Integrated Planning Mara Hermano.
Individuals may also contact CIHE directly at:
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road, Suite 201
Bedford, MA 01730-1433
How does RISD define a credit hour?
For undergraduate courses as well as most graduate courses, a semester hour of credit typically represents at least three hours of work each week (60 minute hours), on average, for a 14-15 week semester, or the equivalent amount of instruction during a 5-week Wintersession. In lecture/discussion courses requiring outside preparation, one hour of credit represents one hour of work each week of the term in class, and two hours of work outside class. In studio/laboratory courses, one hour of credit represents three hours of time in the studio/laboratory and home space each week of the term. Three credit studio classes generally meet in-class for five hours per week, and Foundation studio classes meet 7.5 hours per week.
Courses and credits are approved by Department Heads and Divisional Deans, then by the College Curriculum Committee or Wintersession Curriculum Committee as needed and called for by the rules of the Committee. The Deans, Department Heads, and applicable Curriculum Committee are responsible for ensuring accurate and reliable application of credit hour policies.
What are the sanctions concerning possession or use of drugs or alcohol and what kind of treatment is available?
RISD prohibits the unlawful
use, possession, distribution, dispensation and manufacture of controlled
substances, other illicit drugs and alcohol in the workplace, classroom and
studio, at any other location owned, leased or being used by RISD, and in
connection with any RISD-sponsored activities.
counseling and referrals to community resources are available from The
Wellness Corporation, RISD's employee assistance program provider, by phone at 800 828-6025 and on the web at www.WellnessWorkLife.com
For more information, see RISD’s Drug and Alcohol Use Policy.
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