Admitted Students

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Welcome to RISD Pre-College

We’re excited that you’re going to be with us this summer. Please review this page carefully with your parent/guardian. You can speak with Pre-College staff by calling 401 454-6200 during business hours (Monday–Thursday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm ET and Friday, 8:30 am–1 pm ET) or by email at precollege@risd.edu.



Next steps

Review these upcoming deadlines and tasks as you prepare to participate this summer. In addition to the steps below, add the following email addresses into your email contacts. This will prevent important program information from being sorted into your spam folder.

  • risdce@risd.edu
  • precollege@risd.edu
  • servicedesk@risd.edu
  • precollegehousing@risd.edu

Review important dates

February 22/23
Students receive RISD account username and password
(sent to student email)

March 1
Health Services Portal opens
(RISD Account required)

April 4
Housing Application Portal opens
(RISD Account required)

April 30
Required forms and documents due
(Found on the Application Dashboard’s Admitted Student Checklist)

April 30
All balances due

Activate student account credentials

Application Dashboard
You used the Application Dashboard and your Application Login to apply to the program. You will continue to use the Application Dashboard to make your deposit (if you’re a non-scholarship applicant). You’ll also complete and submit all forms and documents seen on the dashboard’s Admitted Student Checklist.

In addition to the Application Dashboard Login, you will receive information about the following credentials: 1) Student Portal Login, and 2) RISD Account Login.

1) Student Portal
RISD Continuing Education’s Student Portal is our course registration system that offers secure and reliable access to final grades, transcripts, student information and student account payments and balances. Shortly after being admitted and submitting your deposit, the primary email address on file will receive an automated email (from risdce@risd.edu, subject line “Welcome to RISD! – Student Profile Information”) with a temporary username to log in to the Student Portal. The temporary username will consist of the letter ‘X’ followed by a series of numbers. Follow the directions to create a password and change your username to something that is more easily remembered. We recommend using the same username that you used for your application to the Pre-College program.

2) RISD Account
You will receive two email notifications from RISD Information Technology Services (ITS, servicedesk@risd.edu) regarding your RISD Account Login.

  • The first email (subject line: “RISD Username”) will contain important information about your RISD Account login credentials.
  • The second email (subject line: “RISD Password and Resource Information”) will follow with a randomly generated password and more information about the resources and services available to you.

The two emails described above will be sent to the student primary email address. They will not be sent to a parent/guardian email. If you do not receive these emails within 48 hours, check your SPAM folder or email the IT Service Desk at servicedesk@risd.edu. Your RISD Account/Login is separate from the credentials you use to access your Student Application Dashboard or the Student Portal.

This RISD Account/Login username and password will allow you to access the following:

  • Health Services Portal (available after March 1)
  • Housing Application Portal (available after April 4 for residential students only)
  • Canvas, our learning management system, which will be available 1–2 weeks before the start of the program and used throughout the summer.
  • risdbucks, an optional prepaid debit account that lets you purchase products and services on campus (wherever you see the risdbucks logo) using your RISD ID card. These include printing, laundry and purchases at the RISD Store. More information on risdbucks.
Submit required forms and documents by April 30

Upon acceptance to the program, all required forms must be completed and submitted via the Application Dashboard by April 30, 2024. All documents can be found on the dashboard and require a parent/guardian’s signature. You will not be able to attend classes until all required forms have been signed and submitted. Required forms include:

  • Consent to Treat and Transport (parent/guardian signature required)
  • Counseling Services Consent (parent/guardian signature required)
  • FERPA Consent
  • Photo Release (parent/guardian signature required)
  • Student Conduct Agreement (parent/guardian signature required)
  • Student ID Photo Submission
  • Housing Application Portal (For login instructions, refer to emails with the subject lines “RISD Pre-College Housing Application” for students and “RISD Pre-College Parent/Guardian Registration” for parents/guardians.)
  • Health Services Portal (Use your RISD Account Login.)
    The online forms* require extensive student health information, a physician’s authorization and signature, and immunization records. Review this information immediately and plan accordingly in order to return the forms in time. In compliance with HIPAA, health forms must be uploaded directly to the Health Services Portal; please do not email them. If you have any questions regarding the required health forms, contact 401 454-6625 or health@risd.edu.

*Health requirements for admitted students:

  • Immunization Records (health provider signature required); a positive titer value for any of these diseases is acceptable, if applicable:
    • adult dose of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) — one (1) dose within previous 10 years
    • mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) — two (2) doses or proof of immunity via titer
    • hepatitis B — three (3) doses or proof of immunity via titer
    • varicella — two (2) doses or proof of immunity via titer
    • meningococcal ACYW — one (1) dose
  • Tuberculosis (TB) screening test if deemed necessary by TB questionnaire, with provider signature
  • Completed health forms on the Health Services Portal (to be accessed in spring)
    • Privacy Statement and Patient Bill of Rights
    • Confidentiality and Consent to Treat
    • Health History
    • Student Demographics and Emergency Contact Form
    • Tuberculosis (TB) Questionnaire
    • Consent to Treat for Minors
Apply for housing by April 30

In early April you’ll receive an email with information on the housing application, as well as other important documents like the Weekend Away and Early Arrival forms. Housing applications are due by April 30.

Residence Life Pre-College Housing: Includes Pre-College housing timeline and a link to view video tours of the first-year area.

Roommates
An important part of Pre-College experience is getting to meet new friends in a new environment; that’s why we don’t give the option of requesting a specific roommate. It’s important that you complete your housing application on your own and answer as candidly as possible, because our office will use the application to pair you with a roommate based on similarities in important living habits (e.g., similar sleeping hours). Students coming from the same school, city or major will not be paired together.

For any questions or concerns, contact the Residence Life office (precollegehousing@risd.edu or 401 454-6650). To best assist you, indicate that you are calling or emailing regarding RISD Pre-College.

Make your final payment by April 30

Log in to the Student Portal using your Student Portal Login (different from your RISD Account Login)

Trouble Logging In?
Contact Pre-College enrollment team
401 454-6200, precollege@risd.edu

Account setup and payments:

  • To set up your account, refer to the “Welcome to RISD! – Student Profile Information” email from risdce@risd.edu, which includes your temporary username.
  • Payment is due in full no later than April 30, 2024. You may make payments in any amount at any time up to the payment deadline.
Read the Pre-College Student Handbook

The Student Handbook contains detailed information about housing, dining, safety, and Pre-College policies. You and your parents/guardians are required to read the handbook carefully, and be completely familiar with the official policies contained in the handbook prior to arrival.

RISD Pre-College Student Handbook Summer 2024

Review additional pre-arrival information

Art supplies list
Items in the General Supply List will be enough to get you started for your foundation courses. You’re invited to bring any supplies from home to supplement the cost of supplies. Your full supply list will be available in your courses in Canvas 1–2 weeks prior to the start of the program. Most supplies are available at the RISD Store or the RISD Store 3D located on campus. You may be asked to buy more specific supplies as needed after the program begins.

MyRISD app
The My RISD app will be a great resource for you during the program. It has interactive maps to help you get around campus, dining and laundry locations, quick links to the Pre-College schedule, a list of upcoming events, local resources and so much more. You can also elect to receive push notifications from RISD Pre-College staff about event sign-ups, last-minute details and activity invites. MyRISD is available on both Apple and Google Play stores, or via desktop/mobile browser at my.risd.edu (select Pre-College 2024).

risdbucks
risdbucks is an optional prepaid debit account that lets you purchase products and services on campus (wherever you see the risdbucks logo) using your RISD ID card. These include printing, laundry and purchases at the RISD Store. You and authorized family members can add funds by visiting risdbucks.risd.edu. Students log in using your RISD email username and password. Family members log in using the student’s last name, ID number and date of birth. More information about risdbucks.



Packing guide


Clothing

New England weather can be unpredictable. In addition to lightweight clothing and a windbreaker or jacket, pack comfortable shoes or sneakers for walking around campus. Bring appropriate clothing for artmaking (you will get messy).

Spending money

We encourage you to bring debit/credit cards for personal or supply purchases you may need to make while at RISD. RISD cannot cash checks. ATMs are available within walking distance of RISD, in the RISD Store and the Metcalf Dining Center.

Residence hall required and suggested items

Living in the residence halls? Below is a list of items you must provide along with a list of suggested items that past students have told us they were glad to have brought with them.

Required items:

  • Sheets (custom, extra-long 80” twin)*
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases*
  • Blankets*
  • Towels*
  • Alarm clock
  • Smart cell phone (U.S. number)

Suggested items:

  • Mattress pad
  • Desk lamp (halogen lamps are not allowed)
  • Fan
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Flip-flops/shower sandals
  • Shower caddy
  • Sunscreen
  • Key chain
  • Earplugs (the city can be noisy with open windows)
  • Hangers
  • Refillable water bottle

*If you prefer, bedding and linen rentals and a laundry service can be arranged through E&R Campus Laundry. You can sign up for the service ahead of time (select “RISD Summer School”), and E&R Campus Laundry will also be present on Check-In Day. Review laundry/linen rental services offered.

Luggage instructions

We recommend that all residential students clearly label all luggage so it can be easily retrieved from the drop-off point. We suggest packing everything in suitcases, bags and boxes, as unpacked items become tough to manage.



Traveling to RISD

Be prepared to attend the full program, from check-in and orientation on Saturday, June 29 through the end of the final day on Friday, August 2.


By air

Located about 10 miles south of Providence, Green Airport (PVD) is Rhode Island’s only airport, with direct flights to and from many cities around the country. It also services a few international destinations. Transportation options from the airport to Providence include taxi and car sharing services.

Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston, MA is approximately 50 miles north of Providence; however, it often offers more frequent and more direct flight options (potentially resulting in lower airfares). Peter Pan bus company provides Logan travelers with bus transportation to downtown Providence.

By train

Amtrak and the Metro Boston Transit Authority provide train transportation via Providence Station in downtown Providence. Taxi and ride sharing options are available just outside the station.

By car

From the north or south: From either I-95 South or I-95 North, take Exit 37B (old Exit 22A) Downtown, Memorial Boulevard. Continue straight (onto Memorial Boulevard) to the fourth traffic light, and turn left onto Washington Place. Continue straight through the second traffic light (Washington Place becomes Waterman Street) to 30 Waterman Street (on your left).

From the east: Follow I-195 West to Exit 1C (South Main Street). Follow South Main Street to the intersection of South Main and Waterman streets. Turn right onto Waterman Street and proceed to 30 Waterman Street (on your left).

From the northwest: Follow 146 to I-95 South. Once on I-95 South, follow the North and South directions above.

Spending the night

If your family’s visit involves more than a day trip, check the RISD accommodations portal for reduced rates at selected hotels in downtown Providence.



Check-in and orientation


Welcome materials

Welcome materials will be available as Pre-College 2024 Check-In Day approaches.

Check-In and orientation: overview

All Pre-College students (residential and commuting) are required to attend Check-In and Orientation on Saturday, June 29. Specific arrival and check-in instructions will be sent to you prior to the start of the program, but here’s more about what you can expect: At Check-In you will receive:

  • your residence hall room assignment and access card
  • ID card
  • registration and class schedule, which may include some specific course supply lists.

Campus partners will be available at the Resource Fair to answer any questions, including staff members from Health Services, Public Safety, laundry service and the RISD Store.

Check-In Day schedule

Schedule subject to change

8:30 am–2:30 pm
Check-in, Resource Fair and Art Supply Kit Pick-up

10 am–2 pm
Brunch

3–5:30 pm
Student Orientation (mandatory, students only)

3–4:15 pm
Parent and Family Meet & Mingle (optional)

6 – 7 pm
Commuter Student Social

7–8:30 pm
Residence Life Orientation (residential students only)

Early arrival

International and West Coast students traveling long distances (whose travel plans may preclude your arrival in time for Check-In and Orientation) can submit a request to arrive up to a day early (any time after 9 am on June 28). More information about early arrival will be included in the housing application process email sent in early April. All early arrival requests must be submitted to Residence Life by June 1, 2024.

Late arrival

Due to the intensive nature of the program it is very difficult to start the program late. Check-in and orientation are mandatory. Students should plan to arrive on Saturday morning (or on Friday if using the early arrival housing option). If you have a scheduling conflict with school or exams, we strongly suggest you ask if your school can make arrangements for you to complete the requirements early. If you need a letter documenting your Pre-College attendance for school officials, contact us at precollege@risd.edu for assistance.



Final week


Final critiques week

You’ll be in class all day, every day of final critiques week–presenting and documenting your work, giving and receiving critiques and having individual meetings with instructors. Plan to be on campus until the end of classes on Friday, August 2. You are not allowed to leave any of your final classes early, and you must collect your artwork from the exhibitions between 2:30 and 5:30 pm. Artwork may not be removed early.

Final exhibition schedule

Schedule subject to change

Majors Exhibition Opening Reception
Thursday, August 1, 5–8 pm
Woods-Gerry Gallery, Woods-Gerry House
Exhibition hours: Thursday, August 1, 9 am–8 pm; Friday, August 2, 9 am–2:30 pm

Foundations Exhibition Opening Reception
Thursday, August 1, 5–8 pm
Washington Place Lobby, 20 Washington Place
Exhibition hours: Thursday, August 1, 9 am–8 pm; Friday, August 2, 9 am–2:30 pm)

Film/Video/Animation Screening
Thursday, August 1, 5:30 pm
Chace Center/RISD Museum

Fashion Show
Thursday, August 1
RISD Auditorium
Open dress rehearsal: 4:30 pm
Show: 6 pm

Leaving the program early

The final week of class is an especially intensive time; you’ll be highly focused on developing and presenting your final projects right through the final day of class. We strongly encourage your parents/guardians, friends and family to come to Providence to see your work in the Final Exhibitions, but be mindful that you’ll need to keep your attention on your studies during this time. If you elect to leave the program early or don’t attend all of your final classes, you’ll put yourself in jeopardy of failing your course(s) or the program.

Artwork pickup

Friday, August 2, 2:30–5:30 pm You’re responsible for picking up your final work at the close of the exhibitions. Artwork may not be removed from the gallery prior to the start of the pick-up time of 2:30 pm on Friday; any artwork that is not picked up by 5:30 pm will be discarded. Parents or friends may pick up artwork for you by presenting a note from you authorizing the pick-up as well as a photo ID.



Check-out: Saturday, August 3 by 12 noon


Check-out overview

To ensure a safe and smooth departure, students are required to stay through the last day of class, Friday, August 2, when they will pick up their artwork from Final Exhibitions from 2:30–5:30 pm, and then depart RISD residence halls by 12 noon on Saturday, August 3.

Early check-out

For travel purposes, if students would like to check out after class on Friday, August 2 they must notify the Residence Life office.

Shipping and packing

UPS will be on campus during Check-Out to help pack and ship belongings home; they are also available to pick up, pack and ship artwork from the galleries. UPS is a third-party vendor and all transactions with them are independent of RISD.

The UPS Store, 11 South Angell St, Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401 751-6245
Email: store3114@theupsstore.com
Web: theupsstore.com/3114



Policies

You are responsible for abiding by all Pre-College policies and guidelines while participating in the program. These include policies listed here as well as any policies in the Pre-College student handbook. Be sure to review the financial policies, including payment and refund information.


COVID-19

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shifts toward the endemic stage of COVID-19, RISD has adjusted our protocols to stay consistent with sustainable health practices.

Visit RISD’s COVID-19 page for information and protocols pertinent to the in-person Pre-College program. Topics include respiratory illness guidelines, isolation protocol, missing class, testing and vaccination.

Student conduct

RISD Pre-College 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. Special rules apply to Pre-College students, which include but are not limited to evening curfew and the need for parental and/or guardian permission to leave campus overnight. Further details of conduct expectations, attendance and curfew policies are included in the Pre-College 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.

Attendance

Pre-College follows a full-time collegiate curriculum and standards. As a RISD Pre-College student you will need to:

  • Arrive on campus on time at the start of the program and attend all student orientations.
  • Arrive to each class on time and prepared. Review and fully understand the guidelines for classroom behavior and academic performance as outlined by each instructor’s syllabus.
  • Attend and actively engage in each class and present all coursework (including homework) on time.
  • Behave in a manner that is appropriate for a respectful and productive learning environment
  • Adhere to the English proficiency requirements
  • Attend all five weeks of the program through Final Critiques week and not leave the program prior to the end of class on Friday, August 2.
  • Participate in the Final Exhibitions as directed including the submittal of artwork by the deadline and not removing your work from an exhibition prior to 2:30 pm on Friday, August 2.

Absences
Students who incur three absences may be dismissed from the program. Absences for medical reasons are included in this policy. Late arrival to class counts towards a half day’s absence, except for Critical Studies in Art classes in which it will count for a full day’s absence. There are no excused absences including those due to travel plans.

Absence during class for family events such as weddings, birthdays, vacations or other social engagements are not permitted. However residential students may attend these or other events (with parental permission) on evenings up until curfew or for the entire weekend (Friday evening up until Sunday curfew) on an approved Weekend Away. Weekend Away forms are provided along with housing forms in April.

Withdrawal and refunds

In the event that our Pre-College program is canceled due to COVID-19, program payments, including the deposit, will be 100% refunded. The $60 application fee and other program-related costs not billed by RISD such as travel, supplies, etc. are non-refundable.

To officially withdraw from Pre-College prior to the start of the program, submit written notification to RISD Pre-College (precollege@risd.edu). See the “Leaving Campus Early” section of the Student Handbook for more details. Withdrawals for a medical reason must be accompanied by a signed doctor’s note. Failure to properly withdraw from the program results in a failing grade.

Refunds for voluntary withdrawal after the student has been accepted into the program are granted according to the following schedule. The percentage of the tuition and housing/dining fees refunded, less deposits, depends on the date the written request is received in the Continuing Education office.

  • On or before April 30: 100% (minus deposit)
  • Between May 1–15: 50% (minus deposit)
  • On or after May 16: 0%

Application fees are non-refundable. No refund or reduction in the total charge will be made for a student who arrives to the program late, leaves the program early, or is dismissed from the program due to a violation of school policies or regulations. The Pre-College Student Handbook, included in the program forms and documents, more fully describes these regulations.

Refunds take up to six weeks to process. Refunds will be issued in the form of original payment. If the original form of payment was via check, a refund check will be made payable to the primary parent as listed in the student application. For payments made via FlyWire, an applicable refund will be returned in the manner in which it was paid.

Program dismissal

Reference the “Leaving the Program Early” section of the Student Handbook for procedure details of students being dismissed. Tuition and fees are not refunded to students who are asked to leave the program for violation of RISD policies. Students who withdraw from the program for any reason are also subject to the Withdrawal and Refund Policy and schedule.

Non-Discrimination

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.

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. 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.



Information for parents and guardians


What to expect

RISD Pre-College is an opportunity for students to experience life as a college student. The program is oriented toward independent young people; since they are not supervised at all times, they have the opportunity to grow even more independent and responsible.

Students are expected to take initiative both inside and outside of the classroom, including prioritizing their schedule to balance extensive homework assignments with time for RISD events and activities. Students have the ability to travel freely on and off campus after class and before curfew; however, being on time for curfew and class is held to very strict standards.

Students are also responsible for seeking out information and guidance from instructors, Residence Life and other appropriate staff to resolve any issues.

Communication

During the application process

  • When applying for the program, students are asked to use their primary email address to create an account within the Application Dashboard. Once accepted, all required forms and documents must be submitted online with parent or guardian signatures. Please work with your child to complete the application process together.
  • The Parent/guardian email designated as the primary point of contact in the program application will be contacted by Residence Life to complete a Parent/Guardian Housing Application. This short application is where the parent/guardian indicates important dates and information to Residence Life. This information helps us keep your student safe and accounted for during curfew checks. The application is mandatory for all parents/guardians of students who are residing on campus during Pre-College.

During the program
Pre-College staff and instructors will communicate directly with students via email—not with parents, guardians or other third parties. During the program, unless a student has incurred a serious infraction, parents and guardians are not necessarily informed when students receive an Academic Warning, attend a Disciplinary Hearing or violate minor policies. In this way they can learn to make alternative choices and self-correct in order to succeed.

Guest policy

Pre-College students are permitted to have approved guests who are immediate family members age 16 and older visit the residence halls anytime outside of curfew hours. (Curfew hours are 10 pm–5 am on days preceding class and 11 pm–5 am on days not preceding class.)

Pre-College students must accompany their approved guest(s) at all times when they are in the residence halls. Prior to entering the residence halls, Pre-College guests must check in with Public Safety and follow the steps below:

Guest expectations

  • All registered guests of Pre-College students must be listed on the approved visitors list (submitted by the parent/guardian in the Student Life Housing Portal–Parent/Guardian by June 28). Only guests on the approved visitors list will be permitted to enter the residence halls (with the exception of move in/move out days).
  • Upon arrival at RISD, the Pre-College student and their registered guest must check in with the Public Safety office (30 Waterman St.).
  • The Pre-College student must accompany their registered guest when checking in at the Public Safety office.
  • Registered guests should present a legal ID to the Public Safety officer working at the desk.
  • Once Public Safety confirms that the registered guest is on the approved visitors list, the guest will receive a visitor sticker with the visitation date.

Student Life Housing Portal–Parent/Guardian

Weekend away procedures

Students in the Pre-College program are permitted to spend weekends away from campus. Weekend away requests must be approved and on file with Residence Life in order to leave for the weekend. Weekend away requests may be for an entire weekend (e.g. Friday night through Sunday by curfew) or for a single day/night. If a student does not request a weekend away, and/or is not approved, they may not leave the campus overnight.

How to request a weekend away
A student’s approved parent/guardian (must be an individual on file for the student) must sign into the Student Life Housing Portal–Parent/Guardian to request a weekend away. Parents/guardians may change this as many times as they’d like prior to the start of the Pre-College program or during the Pre-College program by noon on the Thursday prior to the immediate weekend away.

How to request a last-minute weekend away or make changes to a weekend away request
If a parent/guardian wants to make changes to their student’s weekend away request, they must contact the Residence Life office no later than the Thursday before the earliest weekend away request and submit the request in the Student Life Housing Portal–Parent/Guardian.

Examples:

  • To change a weekend away request from July 6–7 to July 12-July 14, make the request no later than Thursday, July 11.
  • To add an additional weekend away from July 19–21, make the request no later than Thursday, July 18.

Weekend Away Timeframe: Friday evening through Sunday evening
Weekends away may be for a single day, for example, from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. However, the student must return before curfew check (Friday–Saturday by 11 pm and Sundays by 10 pm).

Pre-College student responsibilities for weekend away
Students must:

  • Confirm with their RA on the Thursday evening prior to their weekend away, that they are on the approved weekend away list.
  • Leave campus prior to curfew.
  • Return to campus prior to curfew the evening they are required to be back.

All changes to weekend away requests must be made in the Student Life Housing Portal–Parent/Guardian.

Student Life Housing Portal–Parent/Guardian

Safety

We take the safety of your children seriously. That’s why we offer many services, tools, policies and procedures to help maintain a safe environment on campus. The Public Safety office and the Security Desk are staffed 24/7 to ensure the general welfare and security of all Pre-College students. We implement a curfew every night, and check that the students are all in their rooms by that time.
RISD Public Safety (includes annual security and fire safety report)