COVID-19 (coronavirus) Updates + FAQs

Copy of email communication sent on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dear members of the RISD Continuing Education community,

I hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe during these unprecedented times. This remains a rapidly evolving situation, and I appreciate your patience, kindness, and perseverance as we navigate this new normal together.

Over the past several weeks I have been working closely with RISD senior leadership as we continue to monitor the local, national and global impact COVID-19 (coronavirus) has on our RISD CE community. The health, safety and well-being of our students, instructors and staff remains our top priority, and every decision we’ve made over the past few weeks reflects that.

Given the uncertain projections for when COVID-19 will slow, we have decided the most responsible course of action for summer is to not hold any programming on campus or in-person.

As a result, all RISD Continuing Education in-person classes will be canceled for Summer 2020. This includes RISD Young Artist Program camps and classes, as well as Continuing Education courses for our adult students. 

This decision was not taken lightly, but we need to prioritize the well-being of our tight-knit community. You will be receiving an email communication immediately following this update regarding refunds if you have already registered for a RISD Young Artist camp or class. Information for our certificate students regarding Certificate Program Graduation will be made available as soon as possible.

Although our in-person classes are canceled this summer, we are actively working on some exciting new programming for adult students to be offered online. If you are interested in being notified when these new courses launch in the coming weeks, please fill out this short form. We hope you consider joining us to stay connected, engaged and creating with RISD CE.

Please keep in touch with us virtually through email and social media. Stay inspired and connected with us by tagging your at-home projects with #risdceWORK. Reach out to us if you ever have questions, concerns or ideas at cemail@risd.edu. I wish good health to you and your families during the coming months.

Sincerely,

Sarah Caggiano
Executive Director
Continuing Education (CE)
Rhode Island School of Design
401.454.6200 | ce.risd.edu


FAQs

FOR CE STUDENTS

Will CE still have classes?

All RISD Continuing Education classes will no longer meet in person, effective immediately. If your spring CE course(s) has already met, we have made the difficult decision to officially cancel the remainder of the spring semester. If your spring CE course(s) has not yet met, it has also been canceled, except for Final Studios, which will move to a remote format.

Will CE classes be delivered remotely?

The only classes that will be moved to a remote format are Final Studios. They will move to remote instruction between Monday, March 30, through the end of the semester. Your Final Studio instructor will be in contact with you soon to discuss this change; no classes are permitted to meet in-person. If you do not hear from your instructor before March 30, please call 401.454.6200 or email RISD Continuing Education at cemail@risd.edu.

To accommodate the Final Studios schedule change, RISD CE will forgo its spring break planned for April 13-17.

Will the CE Graduation Ceremony still take place?

We are working on a decision about the CE Graduation Ceremony, but there is much uncertainty ahead. We will contact you once we have more information about this important event.

What is the final day that RISD Adult Extension classes will meet?

If your spring CE course(s) has already met, but has been suspended, we have made the difficult decision to officially cancel the remainder of the spring semester. If your spring CE course(s) has not yet met, it has also been canceled. This includes all classes at the Providence Campus, Westerly Education Center and Tillinghast Place. The only classes that will be moved to a remote format are Final Studios.

What is the final day that RISD Young Artist classes will meet?

All RISD Young Artist classes that meet in person have been CANCELED, effective immediately. This includes all classes at the Providence Campus, Westerly Education Center and Tillinghast Place.

Will CE be issuing vouchers or refunds?

FOR STUDENTS WHOSE CLASS WAS SUSPENDED

For all students who are currently registered for a spring 2020 course that has already met but was canceled, we will issue each student a voucher redeemable for one course registration up to a comparable length (contact hours), within 12 months, or through our spring 2021 term. This will allow our students the flexibility to take either the same course or a comparable one in the future. We are working on rescheduling required courses and more information will be made available as soon as possible.

FOR STUDENTS WHOSE CLASS HAS NOT YET STARTED

If you are a student who is also registered for a class that has not yet started this semester, you will be receiving an email about a refund. If you are a certificate student and are taking this course to complete a requirement in your program of study, we will contact you shortly about your options regarding how to stay on track.

FOR REMITTED STUDENTS

As a remitted tuition student registered for a spring 2020 course that has already met, we will be issuing a refund of any lab fees paid during the course registration process

Can I still register for summer classes?

While registration for spring classes is no longer available, summer registration for RISD’s Young Artist Program is currently open. Summer registration for Adult Extension courses will be available on April 20th.

FOR CE INSTRUCTORS

Can I teach my course remotely?

The only classes that will be moved to a remote format are Final Studios.

FOR INSTRUCTORS WHOSE COURSE HAS ALREADY MET

If your spring CE course(s) has already met, but has been suspended, we have made the difficult decision to officially cancel the remainder of the spring semester. Please DO NOT move your classes to a remote format.

FOR INSTRUCTORS WHOSE COURSE HAS NOT YET MET

If your spring CE course(s) has not yet met, it has been canceled. As a result, the contract for your course has been canceled, and students have been notified. We want to thank you again for your patience during this time. We look forward to having you in class again very soon.


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