Repetition of Courses

Students may not take and receive credit for the same course twice, unless the entry in the Course Announcement states "may be repeated for credit". In rare cases, exceptions to this policy are considered under the following conditions: (1) the course content must be different; (2) the students obtain prior approval, using the Exception to Academic Policy Form, from the course's instructor and the course's department head.

This policy inherently prohibits a student from receiving duplicate credit for completing a RISD course that is a repeat of (or equivalent to) a course transferred from another institution, or for which credit has already been given as the result of an Advanced Placement examination. If such a case occurs, the transfer or Advanced Placement course credit will be removed from the academic record. Students are cautioned against repeating courses without first consulting their academic advisors.

If a course is failed and then repeated, all course attempts and grades are recorded on the student’s transcript. However, for any course failed in Fall 2015 or after and repeated in a subsequent semester at RISD, only the most recent grade is included in the computation of the GPA.