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Non-discrimination Notice

Policy

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.

RISD complies with all applicable state and federal statutes, including Title IX of the federal Higher Education Amendment of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex under any education program or activity receiving federal financial aid. Sexual assault and sexual harassment are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Learn more about RISD’s commitment to Title IX.

Procedures

The following staff members handle inquiries regarding Title IX:

Sydney Lake
Title IX Coordinator
20 Washington Place | room 436
401 427-6919
slake@risd.edu

Elizabeth Rainone
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees
Director of Employment and Employee Development
20 Washington Place | room 354
401 454-6427
erainone@risd.edu

The following staff members handle inquiries regarding Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

Nicole Verardo
Director of Disability Support Services & Academic Support
401 709-8460
nverardo@risd.edu

Marissa McNally
Senior Benefits Administrator (for employees)
20 Washington Place | room 359
401 454-6428
mmcnally@risd.edu

The following staff members handle other/general inquiries regarding bias/discrimination:

Phil Oliveira
Coordinator of Student Conduct and Compliance
401 454-6653
poliveir@risd.edu

Elizabeth Rainone
Director of Employment and Employee Development
20 Washington Place | room 354
401 454-6427
erainone@risd.edu

In addition, under applicable federal laws and regulations, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is authorized to investigate complaints regarding discrimination in programs and activities. The address for the regional office is:

Office of Civil Rights
United States Department of Education
33 Arch Street | Suite 900
Boston, MA 02110-1491

Revision history

Next scheduled review will be on the following date or as needed: 8/1/2021

Responsibilities

Issuing Office

Social Equity and Inclusion/Bias

Responsible Officer

Vice President for Social Equity and Inclusion

Individuals/offices required for review and changes

Title IX Coordinators (Students and Employees)

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Vice President for Social Equity and Inclusion

Director of Employment

Office of the General Counsel