RISD Policy and Procedure Library

Welcome to the Policy and Procedure Library, the expanded site for all institutional policies, procedures and forms of Rhode Island School of Design.

The goals of all RISD’s policies are to

  • clarify the institution's expectations of its individual members
  • increase transparency in our relations with all constituents
  • provide management and visibility into areas of risk and compliance
  • enhance efficiency
  • ensure compliance with laws and regulations
  • guide us in fulfilling our philosophy and reaching our goals as set forth in our mission statement.

The policies and procedures published here supersede any versions previously published elsewhere in student, faculty or staff handbooks, and in other formats and locations. All students, faculty, staff, stakeholders, and visitors to RISD are guided by these policies and should be familiar with them.

This is very much a work in progress; in fact, this will always be the case because policy and process must evolve in order to support the college's mission as well as to be responsive to the everyday actions and requirements of not only our community, but also the greater society in which we live.

We hope you will find this a welcome step in providing the knowledge and tools to act in the best interests of the college, our colleagues and ourselves, and we look forward to hearing from you with questions, comments and suggestions for improvement. Remember that all members of the community have the ability to bring forward a policy by using the Needs Assessment Form and working with the policy coordinator to develop the proposal and bring it forward for consideration.

How to Navigate this Site:

Browse by category below or search by keyword or phrase in the search box above.

Please contact Denise Siomkin, Policy Coordinator, at policy@risd.edu with questions related to these policies.

More about this site

Policy Development and Governance:

View the Policy on Administrative Policies and learn more about policy development at RISD.

The following list delineates the policy categories on this site:


Board of Trustees

President's Office

Institutional Advancement

Media Group

Office of the General Counsel

Social Equity and Inclusion


Campus Services

Controller's Office

Human Resources

Information Technology (ITServices)

Policy Management

Risk, Emergency Management and Compliance

Student Academic Policies

General Information



Off-Campus Programs

Other Programs


Student Records

Student Life Policies

Code of Student Conduct and Procedures


Health and Safety

Residence Life

Security and Transportation

Student Affairs

Other RISD Policies

Policies and procedures for other RISD functions can be found at the following websites:

Academic Affairs

Financial Aid & Student Accounts


Title IX

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