About this Site

RISD’s Policy and Procedure Library is the home for all current institutional policies, procedures and forms. This site contains both standardized policies that have been through a reformatting process (without any change to content) as well as legacy policies (published in their current format) which, in time, will be standardized.

See an explanatory template of a standardized policy.

Each standardized policy includes tracking of its development, modification and approval. This process will ensure that each published policy is the most recent version adopted by the college.

The goals of all 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.

Some institutional policy categories have not yet been moved into this site and we list them here. These policies will be migrated over the coming months.

Due to the complexity of this initiative, this is very much a work in progress; in fact, this will always be the case because policy and process must be evolutionary in order to support the college’s mission as well as to be responsive to the everyday actions and requirements of its community and 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 look forward to hearing from you with questions, comments and suggestions for improvement.

See also

Policy Development and Governance

Prioritizing Policy Development

Policy FAQs

Contact the Policy Advisory Group

Please contact us with any questions about this website or any aspect of RISD’s policy development process.

Denise Siomkin
Policy Coordinator

David R. Proulx
SVP, Finance & Administration

Josh Grubman
Asst. General Counsel