General Policies


Registration and participation in RISD Summer Programs online classes is open to students who have graduated from high school and are 18 years of age or older. *

* If you are a high school student in grades 10–12 or are graduating from high school in June 2021, we encourage you to apply to RISD’s Advanced Program for High School Students, which will help you build your college application portfolio and/or prepare for college-level visual arts learning. If you need guidance to select the appropriate program for you, please contact

Student Conduct

Student status at RISD is a privilege subject to certain expectations and regulations. 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 Programs and Courses, and Kids and Teen Programs are housed within RISD Continuing Education.

RISD CE 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 and 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 and 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.

All Continuing Education students are responsible for reviewing and upholding the RISD Code of Conduct. Students can review these policies by visiting

Conduct in Virtual Settings

Addendum to the RISD Student Code of Conduct for Remote Learning

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and supportive manner at all times, while recognizing the additional stress on all RISD community members due to COVID-19.

Students engaged in remote learning are expected to abide by ​RISD’s Code of Student Conduct and Academic Code of Conduct​ just as they are in face-to-face classrooms and studios. Moreover, given the additional potential for breaches of privacy, misuse and theft of intellectual property, and academic integrity issues posed by online learning, students are also required to follow the guidelines below:

  • Do not give another person your email or learning-platform username or password or request that someone else log into your account to perform any action in your stead. Continue to exercise academic integrity and submit only work that is your own.
  • As in your regular classes, always properly credit your sources.
  • Do not post, transmit, or distribute content in a manner that violates the copyright or other protected intellectual property rights of others. (For your own protection, you should also carefully consider the posting of your own intellectual property to public sites.)
  • Respect other students’ privacy and intellectual property; do not share personal information or images online without permission, or repost other students’ work to public forums.
  • Respect your instructor’s intellectual labor: do not record classes or post any videos, URLs, links, websites, class transcripts, or other class materials without prior approval of your instructor. The provision of class recordings or transcripts for the purpose of facilitating asynchronous learning does not by itself imply approval for their broader use or dissemination.


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.

RISD’s Non-Discrimination Notice

Disability Support Services

Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education attempts to make its classes, programs, events and services accessible by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations. If you need accommodations to participate in any class, program or event offered by RISD CE, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services at Requests for accommodations should be made at the time of registration. Arrangements for all accommodations requested less than two weeks before the start of the program/course(s) cannot be guaranteed, and many accommodations take time to arrange. It is in your best interest to make your formal requests as early as possible to ensure accommodations are in place prior to the start of the program/course(s). Failure to do so might limit our ability to meet your needs.

Please note that modifications cannot be made to program or course curriculum. If you need access to the RISD Continuing Education offices at 345 South Main Street, Providence, please contact an enrollment assistant at 401 454-6200 or for further assistance. Learn more about Disability Support Services

COVID-19 Update: Students interested in registering for academic accommodations can connect with RISD Disability Support Services via virtual intake meetings through Zoom. Please reach out to to schedule an appointment or to learn more about how DSS can support you.

Photographs and Videos

For in-person courses in a physical classroom setting, we periodically document students and their creative process for the purpose of promoting RISD CE programming on our website, brochures and other marketing materials. Before our photographer visits a class, the instructor will be notified and will inform students about a possible class visit. The photographer will obtain written permission from each student who agrees to be photographed via a general consent and release form, which could be an electronic or paper-based form, and/or an email exchange. If we have used a photo or video of you that you would prefer not to have been used, please contact us. All photos and videos are the property of RISD CE.

Use of Student Artwork

In accordance with RISD’s Intellectual Property Policy, RISD Continuing Education students generally own, and are free to exploit, the intellectual property rights to the artwork they produce in CE 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 directly contact 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 CE registration (if one is not currently on file with the Continuing Education office). Submit a Veterans Affairs Tuition Benefit Course Registration Request in the Student Portal under “My Applications.”


Grades are available via your Student Portal approximately two to three weeks after the end of the semester. You can view your grades and/or print an unofficial transcript by navigating to “My Enrollment History + Transcript.” Grades cannot be sent by email or provided over the phone. Please note: Incompletes (I) or extensions on assignments are not allowed for Summer Programs.

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

Acceptance and Transfer of Credits

Rhode Island School of Design 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 pre-approval (see types of approval forms below) from their department head before enrolling in one of these courses. Summer Studies transcripts for RISD undergraduates are automatically sent to the Registrar’s office after grades have been processed.

Prior Approval for Transfer Credit Forms:

  • For Liberal Arts courses: Use the Prior Approval for Liberal Arts Credit Form. Complete the electronic form in etrieve and then complete the online course registration.
  • For all other courses: Use the “Transfer Credit Prior Approval for Major/Non Major Credit” form, found on the Registrar’s Office Forms page. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.

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 official transcript requests. You may order paper transcripts or e-transcripts with this service. To place your online order, please visit the Parchment Transcript Request page. 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. Unofficial transcripts are available in the Student Portal under the “My Enrollment History + Transcript” tab.

Please note: Visit the RISD Registrar’s office to request a transcript for a degree program or place your online order via Student Clearing House.

RI Department of Education Professional Development credits may be available for some courses. Teachers seeking such credits should contact Rhode Island Department of Education’s Office of Teacher Certification at 401 222-8893.

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 canceled, students are informed of the course cancellation as far in advance as possible.


Adding a Course
Students may add a course via the Student Portal any time prior to the start of the course, as long as space is available. Tuition is not prorated for missed classes.

Course Changes
Our new course registration system provides a self-service portal to make changes to enrollment when needed. Students can drop and withdraw from courses directly on the “My Enrollment History” tab of their Student Portal.

Transferring a Course
Students may choose to transfer to another available course by the transfer request deadline. If there is a difference in tuition students will be charged or refunded accordingly.

Dropping a Course
Students may drop a course any time prior to the established drop request deadline. Dropped courses will not appear on the student transcript. Depending on when you drop the course, you may be eligible for a partial or full refund, based on our refund policy (below). We will attempt to automatically process refunds as soon as you drop a class. Refunds will typically process in 5 business days.

Withdrawing from a Course
After the drop request deadline, students will still have the option to withdraw from their course until the withdrawal request deadline. No refund is given and a withdrawal (WD) will appear on the student’s transcript. Failure to properly withdraw from a course results in a permanent grad of F on the student’s record. Important: Simply notifying the instructor or failing to complete a course does not constitute an official withdrawal.

The refund policy and the policy for withdrawing from special events are detailed in “Refunds,” below.


Refunds are based on tuition only, and are calculated according to the date the drop from a course is initiated. Failure to complete a course does not constitute an official drop or withdrawal, nor does notification of drop or withdrawal to the instructor. There is a $50 fee per course for all drops. Special fees are not refundable after the first class.

In some cases, an instructor may determine that a student has not successfully met prerequisites and recommend an alternative course of study. If notice of this recommended withdrawal is provided to the student in writing on the date of the first class session, the student should contact CE immediately to receive a full refund.

Processing refunds may take up to two weeks. Refunds of MasterCard or VISA charges are credited to the account that was charged. We do not retain credit card information; therefore, we may need to request your credit card information again in order to issue you a refund.

Drop initiated/notification received in the RISD CE office:
20 days or more before the start of the course: 100% refund, minus $50 withdrawal fee
10–19 days before the start of the course: 70% refund, minus $50 withdrawal fee
9 days or fewer before the start of the course: 40% refund, minus $50 withdrawal fee
5 days or more after the start of the course: no refund