General Policies

Student Conduct

Student status at RISD is not an unconditional right, but a privilege subject to certain expectations and regulations. And a school community depends on the good judgment and considerate behavior of its members. RISD encourages artistic and intellectual freedom, but also offers a structured campus environment. Most students live in campus residence halls, which are accessible only by authorized ID cards. Further details of conduct expectations, attendance and curfew policies are included in the Student Handbook.

Violations of college policies and regulations may result in such sanctions as a warning, probation or dismissal. All policy materials must be read and acknowledged prior to the start of the program.

Addendum to the RISD Code of Conduct and RISD Academic Code of Conduct
Summer Programs, Pre-College, Adult Certificate and Young Artist Programs are housed within RISD Continuing Education. RISD Continuing Education oversees and facilitates conduct procedures for students enrolled in RISD|CE courses, programs and workshops. The following addendum covers all students who are enrolled in CE programs with the exception of students enrolled in the Pre-College Program, who follow the processes and procedures in the Pre-College Code of Student Conduct.The Coordinator of Student Conduct + Compliance will be consulted to confirm institutional consistency and best practices.

The following points serve as an addendum to the RISD Code of Conduct and Academic Code of Conduct for CE students that are not enrolled in a RISD undergraduate or graduate degree program.

  • RISD Continuing Education staff may serve as the Conduct Administrator.
  • If a RISD email is not provided, the institution will communicate with students on conduct procedures through the email that the student has provided.
  • Students are required to submit a monitored email when registering or applying to a RISD|CE program.
  • The Associate Director, Business Operations + Enrollment of RISD|CE will function in the role of “Dean of Students” as cited in the Code of Conduct for non-degree seeking students.
  • Appeals must be submitted to the Executive Director of Continuing Education within 48 hours of notification by a Conduct Administrator.
  • With allegations of academic misconduct, faculty should consult with the appropriate Program Manager as cited as “Department Head” in the Academic Code of Conduct.
  • If a Conduct Board is warranted, RISD|CE will construct and facilitate the procedure. Conduct Boards will not be used in the Pre-College Program.


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. Learn more about our non-discrimination policy.

Disability Support

We attempt to make our classes, programs, events and services accessible by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations whenever possible. If you need accommodations to participate in any class, program or event please contact Disability Support Services (DSS) upon registration for a course to learn more about what accommodations can be made.

Requests for accommodations should be made at least two weeks prior to the start of the program. Arrangements for all accommodations requested less than two weeks before the start of the program/course(s) cannot be guaranteed, as most accommodations take time to arrange. Please note that modifications cannot be made to the program structure, academic requirements or course curriculum.

If you need to access the RISD Continuing Education office, please contact a Registration Assistant by email or by phone at 401 454-6200.

Photographs and Videos

RISD|CE occasionally takes photos and videos of students and their artwork for the purpose of promoting Summer Programs on our website and in our catalogs and other print materials. If you are currently registered in a Summer Programs course and would like to request that your photo or video not be taken or shared, please make your wishes known to the photographer or videographer during class, and we will be happy to accommodate you. All photos and videos are the property of RISD|CE.

Use of Student Artwork

In accordance with RISD’s Intellectual Property Policy, Summer Programs students generally own, and are free to exploit, the intellectual property rights to the artwork they produce in Summer Programs classes, while RISD|CE has a limited right to make, use, and display images of student artwork for marketing, promotional, archival, reference, research, classroom, educational, and other noncommercial purposes. RISD|CE will credit students for the use of such images wherever possible. Reproductions of student artwork may be edited at RISD|CE’s discretion, but in doing so, RISD|CE will make a good faith effort to act respectfully and responsibly so as not to unduly compromise the integrity of the original artwork.

Academic Policies

Admission to RISD Degree Programs

Admission to RISD Summer Programs neither implies nor guarantees admission to a RISD degree program. Those students interested in admission to full-time RISD undergraduate or graduate degree programs must follow the procedures established by the RISD Admissions office. For further information, please call Admissions at 401 454-6300.


Veterans should apply directly to the Veterans Administration (VA) Regional Office to verify that their programs of study qualify for VA benefits. A Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the VA confirming that benefits have been approved for the student’s chosen course(s) must accompany the student’s registration.


Students receive a letter grade for each course. Grades are mailed to their mailing addresses approximately four to six weeks after the semester ends. Per RISD’s policy, grades cannot be sent by email or provided over the phone and will be withheld from students with any outstanding bills including damages, library fines, keys, balances due at the risd:store, or any other fees until payment is made in full.

Students seeking to appeal a grade must follow the specific procedures outlined in the Student Handbook.

Acceptance + Transfer of Credits

Rhode Island School of Design Division of Continuing Education (CE) offers credit-bearing courses during the summer session only. While the credit offered by CE is distinct from credit courses offered in RISD degree programs, CE is in compliance with all relevant NASAD guidelines concerning the number of required contact hours mandated for credit courses.

Students from institutions other than RISD: It is at the discretion of the student’s home institution to make decisions about what credits it will accept. We suggest that prior to registering, students consult with their department or academic advisor for confirmation that the course credit will be accepted and meet their individual academic requirements. Students who are not RISD matriculated students may transfer the credit earned from CE Summer Studies courses to their home institution by requesting an official transcript. Students should also retain copies of all course syllabi to present to their institution for assessment of course content for consideration of course waivers or acceptance as credit.

RISD Matriculated Students: RISD|CE credit is treated as transfer credit by RISD’s undergraduate degree programs. Although the course is recorded in the student’s transcript, the grade is not; nor is the grade counted in the calculation of the student’s GPA. Different policies apply regarding the transferring of RISD|CE credit to RISD degree programs, depending on whether the student is an undergraduate or a graduate student, and on whether the course is a studio course or a liberal arts course, as follows:

  • RISD Undergraduate Students: RISD undergraduates are not permitted to transfer more than 12 credit hours towards their degree from outside of the RISD degree program, including those from the RISD|CE Summer Programs. Those students interested in taking a CE Summer Programs course must obtain approval from their Department Head or major advisor BEFORE enrolling in one of these courses, making sure to get the appropriate signature on the Summer Undergraduate Credit Pre-Approval form, available in the RISD Registrar’s Office and the Continuing Education Office at 345 South Main Street. This form must be submitted to the RISD Registrar’s Office. Summer Studies transcripts for RISD undergraduates are automatically sent to the Registrar’s Office after grades have been processed.
  • RISD Graduate Students: Transfer credits from outside the RISD Graduate Degree Programs—including RISD|CE Summer Programs courses—are not ordinarily accepted by RISD. Check with your Graduate Program Director or Department Head for more information.

Transcripts for Non-RISD Students

RISD|CE uses Parchment to process transcript requests. You may order paper transcripts or e-transcripts with this service. To order official transcripts, please visit the Parchment Transcript Request page. IMPORTANT NOTICE: RISD Continuing Education has upgraded to a new Parchment platform. If you have requested transcripts via Parchment for RISD Continuing Education prior to August 1, 2018, you will be required to create a new username and password.

Notice of Student Rights with Respect to Education Records (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords you certain rights with respect to your education records.

These rights include:

1. The right to inspect and review your education records (with certain limited exceptions) within 45 days of the day RISD receives your request for access. You should submit any such request to Continuing Education in writing, identifying the records you wish to inspect. Continuing Education will make arrangements for access and notify you of the time and place where the records may be inspected. Records that are customarily open for student inspection will be accessible without written request.

2. The right to request the amendment of your education records if you believe them to be inaccurate. You should submit any such request to Continuing Education in writing, clearly identifying the records that you want to have amended and specifying the reasons you believe them to be inaccurate. Continuing Education will notify you of its decision and, if the decision is negative, of your right to a hearing regarding your request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to you at that time.

3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in your education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

One such exception permits disclosure to “school officials” with “legitimate educational interests.” A “school official” is any person employed by RISD in any administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including public safety and health services staff); any person or company with whom RISD has contracted to provide a service to or on behalf of RISD (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); any person serving on RISD’s Board of Trustees; or any student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a “legitimate educational interest” if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill the official’s professional responsibility.

Another such exception permits RISD to disclose your “directory information”, consisting of your name; local, home, and e-mail addresses; local and home telephone number; enrollment status/rank; dates of attendance; certificates received; student ID number, user ID, or other unique personal identifier used by the student for purposes of accessing or communicating in electronic systems; most recent educational agency or institution attended; and photograph, to anyone within the RISD community and to the general public.

Students who wish to have their directory information withheld must notify Continuing Education in writing. Please note that such a notification will prevent Continuing Education from providing your directory information to your friends, prospective employers, arts organizations, and others with whom you may wish us to share such information, so make your decision carefully. You may give such notification at any time, but it will be effective only prospectively.

Upon request, RISD also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll or where the student is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer. Information on other such exceptions is available through Continuing Education.

4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by RISD to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.

Financial Policies

Changes, Cancellations and Class Postponements

RISD reserves the right to cancel courses, or to alter fees, scheduling or staffing of courses. If a particular program or course is cancelled, students are informed of the course cancellation as far in advance as possible.

Withdrawals + Refunds

To officially withdraw, submit written notification either by email to, in person, by mail or fax. Refunds are calculated according to the schedules below, and are based on the date the written request is received in the CE Office or, if mailed, the date of the postmark. Refunds may take up to six weeks to process. Refunds are issued in the form of a check and payable to the student. For international students paying via FlyWire, refunds are processed via the original form of payment in FlyWire. Failure to properly withdraw from a course results in a permanent grade of F on the student’s record.

Important: Simply notifying the instructor or failing to complete a course does not constitute official withdrawal.

RISD refunds tuition and fee payments in full for registrations that are not accepted or for which registration is closed. No tuition is refunded to students who are asked to leave a program for a violation of school policies or regulations. Tuition deposits, housing and dining deposits, and lab and registration fees are nonrefundable. The percentage of the tuition and housing/dining fees refunded, minus deposits, any transaction fees, and lab and registration fees, depends on the date the written request is received in the CE office.

Six-Week Courses:

Before June 1: 100%
June 2–21: 70%
June 22–July 5: 40%
After July 6: no refund

Two-Week Courses:

Session 1, June 24–July 5
On or before June 16: 100%
June 17–21: 50%
On or after June 22: no refund

Session 2, July 8–19
On or before June 30: 100%
July 1–5: 50%
On or after July 6: no refund

Session 3, July 22–August 2
On or before July 14: 100%
July 15–19: 50%
On or after July 20: no refund