Policies

General Policies
Academic Policies
Financial Policies
Course Changes, Cancellations + Class Postponements
Inclement Weather + Storm Closing Procedures
Privacy Policy

General Policies

Code of Conduct

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 policies.risd.edu.

Non-Discrimination Notice

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

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 disabilitysupportservices@risd.edu. 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 cemail@risd.edu for further assistance. Learn more about Disability Support Services.

Photographs and Videos

We sometimes take photos and videos of students and their artwork for the purpose of promoting RISD CE programming on our website, brochures and other marketing materials. During registration you will be asked to review our Photo Release Consent Policy, and either authorize or not authorize photo release consent. By authorizing consent, you are allowing RISD CE to record your or your dependent’s image, likeness, voice, and/or art works created in connection with this registration on a photographic, video, audio, digital, or electronic medium for any purpose that RISD may deem appropriate, including without limitation promotional or advertising efforts.

If we have used a photo or video of you that you would prefer not to have used, please contact us at cemail@risd.edu. 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

Requirements + Prerequisites

Many RISD CE programs do not have formal entrance requirements, but some advanced courses require prerequisites, such as certain coursework or equivalent experience. See specific course descriptions for details. Certificate students must follow the prerequisites outlined in the Certificate Program Guide (click on a specific program to view the Program Guide).

Grading System

A  4.0
A- 3.7
B+  3.3
B  3.0

B-  2.7
C+  2.3
C  2.0
C-  1.7

D+  1.3
D  1.0
F  0.0
WD  WITHDRAWAL

WV  WAIVED
N  NO PASS
P  PASS
I  INCOMPLETE

Incomplete (I): A grade of “I” is assigned only when coursework is not completed due to extenuating circumstances.  It is given only at the request of the student and at the discretion of the instructor. The time allowed for completion of work may not exceed four weeks after the end of the semester in which the course was taken. Work not completed within this period receives a final grade of “F.”

Student grades are recorded for courses meeting 18 hours or more (or for Kids + Teen courses, 15 hours or more). Grades (unofficial transcripts) are mailed only to certificate students approximately four weeks after classes end to the student address on file; grades cannot be sent by email or provided over the phone. Students who are not in a certificate program may request their grades in writing by email at cemail@risd.edu or by fax to 401-454-6218. Grades will still be sent via mail for these requests. To receive grades in person, students may visit the RISD CE office and show photo ID.

Transcripts

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. 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.

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 email 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

Tuition, Fees and Supplies

Tuition
Tuition costs are listed with each course description. To determine if you qualify for a discount, see “Discounts + Reimbursements,” below.

Special Fees
Any lab (laboratory), model, loom, studio, or materials fee appears with the course description and must be paid at the time of registration. They are nonrefundable after the first class and are not subject to discount.

Supplies and Books
Students must purchase materials or books for some courses. When necessary, a supply list for the first class is included with your emailed registration statement. Otherwise, supply lists are distributed during the first class. See Academic Resources for locations of supply stores on campus.

Discounts and Reimbursements

Tuition Reimbursement
Students who receive tuition reimbursement from their employer may request an unofficial transcript from RISD CE confirming completion of a course or courses. Students should email or fax their written request indicating their employer’s full address; or come to the CE office and submit a request in person.

Veterans
Veterans should directly contact the Veterans Administration (VA) Regional Office to verify that their programs of study qualifies 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.

Discounts

  • Senior citizens (age 65+)
  • RISD CE certificate graduates (adult)
  • RISD alumni
  • RISD matriculated students
  • RISD Museum members

Tuition discounts are available to senior citizens (ages 65+), RISD CE adult certificate graduates, RISD alumni, RISD matriculated students, and RISD Museum members. The online registration system will automatically apply the discount to eligible registrants. The discount will not apply to special costs such as transportation, admittance fees, and so forth. Discounts are not transferable to family members. Also, these discounts apply only once; that is, if a senior citizen is also an alum, the discount is still 10 percent. These discounts apply to the current semester only and are not retroactive. The discount does not apply to special fees. Tuition discounts do not apply to credit courses.

Scholarships

Partial scholarships may be available for the fall and spring terms only to students in the Certificate and Kids + Teen Programs who demonstrate significant financial need. RISD CE programs do not qualify for federal or state financial aid through the FAFSA. Scholarship awards are limited and the amounts vary based on the quantity of qualified applications received. When granted, award amounts usually offset a portion of the tuition for a single course only. Awards are occasionally granted to qualified non-certificate students if funds are available. Applicants who have attended RISD CE courses or who have applied for scholarships in a/the previous semester(s) must be in good standing with RISD CE.

To apply, submit the following materials by the fall or spring scholarship application deadline specified on the RISD CE calendar. Late applications will not be processed.

  • RISD CE Scholarship Application
  • RISD CE Registration Form
  • A copy of your most recent tax return
  • A copy of your most recent pay voucher(s) or proof of current income, such as Social Security or unemployment benefit statement, etc. If a student is a minor, parent/guardian’s income information must be supplied.

Submit your completed application along with the necessary income documentation:

By Mail:
RISD Continuing Education
Extension Scholarships
Two College Street Providence, RI 02903-2787

By Fax: 401 454-6218

By Email: cemail@risd.edu

In person: RISD CE Office, 345 South Main Street, second floor, Providence.

Note: Do not include payment with the scholarship application. Once award decisions have been made, students will receive a letter, including payment information and instructions for accepting or declining the award.

Questions? Please contact the RISD CE Office at 401 454-6200 or cemail@risd.edu.

Add/Drop

Adding a Course
You may add a course online, or in person (or by mail or fax if tuition/fees are by a third party) any time prior to the start of the course, as long as space is available. Courses meeting for 36 hours can be added up until the second class meeting by contacting an enrollment assistant at 401 454-6200. Courses meeting for 18 hours or less will no longer allow any late additions. Tuition is not prorated for missed classes.

Withdrawing from a Course
Withdrawals from courses must be submitted to the RISD CE office in writing by mail or email. Failure to properly withdraw from a course results in a permanent grade of “F” on your record and the loss of any potential refund. Withdrawals should be sent to cemail@risd.edu.

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

Refunds

To obtain a refund, submit written notification of withdrawal to cemail@risd.edu. Withdrawals can also be submitted in the RISD CE office in person or by mail or fax. Refunds are based on tuition only, and are calculated according to the date the notification is received in the RISD CE office, or if mailed, according to the date of the postmark. Failure to complete a course does not constitute an official withdrawal, nor does notification of withdrawal to the instructor. There is a $15 fee per course for all withdrawals. 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 immediately bring that notice to the CE office 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.

For financial policies related to credit-bearing courses, please visit Withdrawals + Refunds on our Summer Programs website.

For classes starting on or after January 1, 2020, the refund policy (below) is applicable:

Tuition refunds are calculated according to the following schedule:

In-person courses meeting 36 hours
Withdrawal notification received in the RISD CE Office or postmarked:
Before the first class session: 100% refund, minus $15
Before the second class: 80% refund, minus $15
Before the third class: 60% refund, minus $15
Before the fourth class: 40% refund, minus $15
After the fourth class: no refund

In-person courses meeting 15-35 hours
Withdrawal notification received in the RISD CE Office or postmarked:
Before the first class session: 100% refund, minus $15
Before the second class: 60% refund, minus $15
Before the third class: 30% refund, minus $15
After the third class: no refund

In-person courses meeting 14 hours or less
Withdrawal notification received in the RISD CE office or postmarked:
5 days before the event/class: 100% refund, minus $15
4 or fewer days before the event/class: no refund

Online adult courses 6 weeks or longer
Withdrawal notification received in the RISD CE Office or postmarked:
Before the first week: 100% refund, minus $15
Before the second week: 60% refund, minus $15
Before the third week: 30% refund, minus $15
After the start of the third week: no refund

Online adult courses 5 weeks or shorter
Withdrawal notification received in the RISD CE office or postmarked:
5 days before the start of the class: 100% refund, minus $15
4 or fewer days before the start of the class: no refund

Kids and teen classes and camps that meet for three (3) or more consecutive days (half and/or full days)
Withdrawal notification received in the RISD CE Office or postmarked:
14 or more days before the first class/session: 100% refund, minus $15
7-13 days before the first class/session: 50% refund, minus $15
Less than 7 days before the first class/session: no refund

All online teen classes and programs
Withdrawal notification received in the RISD CE Office or postmarked:
14 or more days before the start of class/session: 100% refund, minus $15
7-13 days before the start of class/session: 50% refund, minus $15
Less than 7 days before the start class/session: no refund

Course Changes, Cancellations and Class Postponements

RISD Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel, reschedule or alter fees for any course, or to change the instructor, when circumstances warrant. We make every effort to notify students of canceled classes in a timely fashion. However, courses are sometimes canceled as late as the day of the first class meeting.

If you enroll in a course that is canceled before it begins, we will notify you via phone and email and offer you the option of substituting another course or receiving a full refund. For this reason, it is extremely important that we have your correct contact information.

Additionally, in the case of these circumstances, please note that RISD CE cannot reimburse you for supplies purchased prior to the start of classes or other expenses (such as travel or lodging) that may be incurred in advance. We recommend that you save all receipts for any purchases made. Refunds take up to two weeks to process and take the form of the original payment method for the canceled course.

Inclement Weather and Storm Closing Procedures

CE will initially contact students via email for inclement weather cancellations. For the most up to date information, check for RISD CE class cancellation messages and updates on local media outlets. Notices and updates will also be posted on the CE homepage and the CE Facebook page, or call the RISD CE office at 401 454-6200. You can also sign up to receive closing alerts from the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association (select “RISD-Continuing Ed” in the “Colleges” section). We make every reasonable effort to reschedule classes canceled due to inclement weather or other emergencies.

Privacy Policy

RISD Continuing Education has created this comprehensive Privacy Policy to provide transparency into the types of data we collect, systems and services we use, as well as to prioritize the privacy of those who visit and engage with our various websites, registration systems, social media channels and email communications.

Certain websites within the RISD CE digital ecosystem, such as our registration system, student information system, email services and social media channels, request certain personal information from our users. This is done to effectively communicate with our various community members, provide timely student resources and complete various business transactions.

RISD CE is deeply committed to protecting consumer and user privacy when handling sensitive personal information. Our practices surrounding the collection, use, maintenance and protection of this information and data is as follows.

Information We Collect and Use

When completing various transactions on our website, you may be asked to enter information that personally identifies you, or that will permit us to contact you, register you for a class, deliver digital advertisements or physically deliver various marketing collateral.

When registering for a class on our website and registration system, you may be asked to provide your name, address, email address, birthdate, telephone number, credit card account information, as well as additional information. Your credit card information will be transmitted directly to a third-party company, via a secure connection, to process your credit card sale.

Your name and contact information will be retained by this site for the purposes of registering you for a class, communicating with you about future classes, as well as sending you informational and promotional messages, advertisements and mailings.

Use of Your Personal Information

We use your information to process registration transactions and communicate with you based on your preferences and interests. Like many companies and services that accept payment by credit card, RISD CE may share personal information with our qualified third-party vendors in order to process your registration.

RISD CE will disclose your personal information with others, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served to RISD CE or this website or (b) protect or defend the rights, property or safety of RISD CE, its customers, and others.

Email Marketing Policy

RISD CE uses various email services and inquiry forms such as Constant Contact, Gmail and Mailchimp to manage email list subscriptions, disseminate promotional updates and send informational messages to our various audiences. Please review Constant Contact’s Privacy Policy, Google’s Privacy Policy and Mailchimp’s Privacy Policy. All email services utilized by RISD CE contain an “unsubscribe” feature at the bottom of each email you receive, which you can use if you wish to discontinue receiving email communications.

Advertising Policy

Website Cookies
RISD CE gathers information about website visitors in an effort to provide information and better communicate with prospective students, current students, instructors, staff and other members of the global CE community. We do this through the use of cookies.

Cookies are small files created by a website and stored on a user’s computer in order to allow the website to recognize and provide appropriate information to users; Rhode Island School of Design uses cookies to store your preferences and history on its sites.

There is no legal requirement for you to provide information when you visit our site. If you wish, cookies may be cleared or disabled through adjustment settings on your browser. If you choose to disable cookies, however, some site functions may not operate correctly.

Google Analytics
RISD CE uses Google Analytics to collect information about the use of our various websites. Google Analytics is a free service that helps marketing professionals understand how people use websites and apps, so actions can be taken to improve the user experience.

Google collects the IP address assigned to the user, rather than your actual name or other personal information; therefore the data is anonymized. You can disable Google Analytics from capturing your data by disabling the cookies on your web browser. Please review Google’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Remarketing and Audience Targeting
RISD CE uses Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Ads to remarket to users who visit our various websites, and use core, custom and lookalike audiences on these services. If you wish, cookies may be cleared or disabled through adjustment settings on your browser. If you choose to disable cookies, however, some site functions may not operate correctly. Please review Google’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Please review Facebook’s Audience Targeting, Terms of Service and Data Policy.

Control of Your Personal Information

When you give us personal information, RISD CE will not share the information with third parties without your permission, other than for the limited exceptions already listed. Your personal information will be used only for the purposes stated above.

Security of Your Personal Information

RISD CE uses commercially reasonable measures to protect the security of your personal information and to protect your data from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration or unnecessary destruction.

Rights for Individuals in the European Economic Area

You have the right in certain circumstances to (1) access your personal information; (2) correct or erase information; (3) restrict processing; and (4) object to communications, direct marketing, or profiling. To the extent applicable, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation provides further information about your rights. You also have the right to lodge complaints with your national or regional data protection authority.

If you are inclined to exercise these rights, we request an opportunity to discuss with you any concerns you may have at privacy@risd.edu. To protect the personal information we hold, we may also request further information to verify your identity when exercising these rights. Upon a request to erase information, we will maintain a core set of personal data to ensure we do not contact you inadvertently in the future, as well as any information necessary for RISD archival purposes. We may also need to retain some financial information for legal purposes, including US IRS compliance. In the event of an actual or threatened legal claim, we may retain your information for purposes of establishing, defending against or exercising our rights with respect to such claim.

If you provide information directly to RISD from the European Economic Area (EEA), you consent to the transfer of your personal information outside of the EEA to the United States. You understand that the current laws and regulations of the United States may not provide the same level of protection as the data and privacy laws and regulations of the EEA.

You are under no statutory or contractual obligation to provide any personal data to us (other than personal data provided in connection with your status as an RISD student).

Disclaimer

While RISD CE exercises care and implements security measures to protect your personal information, it cannot guarantee against, and does not accept liability for, persons and entities who access information from this site through unlawful or unethical means. We reserve the right to change this page at our discretion from time to time.