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Good Neighbor Policy

RISD occupies an urban campus whose buildings and facilities intermingle with residential neighborhoods. A significant number of RISD students live off campus in the greater Providence community. As a student working and living in this community, your conduct reflects directly not only on yourself, but also on the college. RISD expects students, whether on or off campus, to behave in a manner consistent with the standards of the Code of Student Conduct.

Students living off campus should understand and appreciate that most of their neighbors have made a long-term commitment to their neighborhoods, while students are often transient members of the community for relatively brief duration. Families living in the neighborhoods around our campus have the right to enjoy a reasonable level of peace and quiet. As students, your academic and personal schedules often conflict with the more routine schedules of families. Students should exercise good judgment and be sensitive to the needs of their neighbors. Large parties and other such gatherings in residential neighborhoods often lead to conflict when music and other noise impacts neighbors. Providence has established noise ordinances, and the Police Department will respond to complaints and issue citations. In addition, RISD will review complaints made by neighbors and may implement formal conduct procedures when violations of the Code of Student Conduct are evident.