This section contains helpful forms and policies to assist students throughout their RISD experience. Click on the tabs above for information on specific policies.

For questions and concerns about any of these policies, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 401 454-6600 or email studaff@risd.edu.

RISD Code of Student Conduct and Procedures

full RISD Code of Student Conduct and Procedures (PDF), updated September 2016

Title IX Information

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance.

See also:
RISD’s commitment to Title IX

Non-Discrimination Notice

Rhode Island School of Design does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law in admission to, participation in, or administration of its educational programs and activities; in employment; or in its other programs and activities.

See also:
RISD’s Non-Discrimination Notice

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at RISD, where employment actions are based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without unlawful discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

We also are committed to the understanding that cultural, ethnic, intellectual, and other diversity among our applicants and employees will positively contribute to enriching the College environment. We therefore make efforts to ensure that our employment opportunities are known widely and that full consideration is given to all qualified candidates and employees. RISD is committed to the following principles and procedures:

  • Making employment-related decisions in areas such as recruitment, hiring, training, promotions, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment without unlawful regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.
  • Ensuring that employment policies are administered fairly and lawfully.
  • Ensuring that unlawful harassment is not tolerated.

See also:
Discriminatory Harassment Policy (on RISD Human Resources Website)

For People with Disabilities

Rhode Island School of Design attempts to make its classes, programs, events and services accessible to everyone. Reasonable accommodations will be made for people with disabilities or special needs who request assistance. These accommodations may include relocation of the class, program, event or service, if necessary; duplication in an accessible location; provision of a comparable substitute at a fully accessible institution; and/or interim measures authorized by federal law. If you need assistance to participate in any class, program, event or service offered at RISD, please contact the Coordinator of Disability Support Services at 401 709-8460.

See also:
Grievance Procedure for Cases of Alleged Disability Discrimination and Appeal Procedure for Denials of Accommodation Requests
Americans with Disabilities Act (from RISD Human Resources Website)

Whistleblower Tool

RISD is committed to operating lawfully, ethically, and professionally in everything it does and accordingly expects its faculty and staff to perform their duties in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, college policies and procedures, and high ethical standards. When we fail to meet these standards, we want to address and correct it.

Ordinarily, the best and most effective means of addressing such failures is through normal lines of communication. We recognize, however, that people with knowledge of illegal or unethical conduct may sometimes be reluctant to come forward. Accordingly, like many other colleges and universities, RISD has contracted with "EthicsPoint" to provide a simple way to make such reports anonymously and confidentially.

You can learn more about EthicsPoint at the following links, and you can find the EthicsPoint tool itself here

RISD reserves the right to change requirements, policies, rules and regulations without prior notice in accordance with established procedures.

It also reserves the right to publish the student handbook in this electronic version and make changes to the electronic version that take precedence over the printed version.

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