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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.

Academic 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 on Saturday, June 20, 2020 and Sunday, June 21.
  • 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.
  • Not behave in any manner that is disruptive to the progress of instruction and learning environment.
  • Adhere to the English proficiency requirements
  • Attend all six weeks of the program through Final Critiques week and not leave the program prior to the end of class on Friday, July 31, 2020.
  • 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, July 31, 2020.


Students who incur three full-day 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.

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, Saturday, Sunday up until curfew or for the entire weekend (Friday evening up until Sunday curfew) on your one pre-designated Weekend Away. Weekend Away forms are provided along with housing forms in April.

Academic Review

Each faculty member develops the content and criteria for reviewing and grading your performance. Some factors include class participation, quality of work, receptivity to new ideas and experimentation, as well as attendance and behavior.

Occasionally, in addition to a faculty review and grade assessment, there may be an academic and/or program review by a program administrator during or after the program ends. This may result in a student who has or has not performed well in class to receive a significant reduction in their grade, fail the course and/or be dismissed from the program. Most often this is the result of a student not submitting a final project, being absent from a final class or breaking policy during the final days/weeks of the program.

Withdrawal + Refunds

Note: 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.

To officially withdraw from Pre-College after the start of the program, you must meet with the Assistant Director of Pre-College for an exit interview, and together with your parents/guardians, must sign a Voluntary Withdrawal Form. Please see the “Leaving Campus Early” section of the Student Handbook for more details. Note: withdrawals for a medical reason must be accompanied by a signed doctor’s note. Failure to properly withdraw from the program results in a permanent grade of ‘F’ on the student’s record.

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 CE office. Any transaction fees, including credit card fees, are not refundable. After April 1, the $175 health fee is non-refundable.

On or before April 1           100% (minus deposit)
Between April 2–May 1           80% (minus deposit)
Between May 2–May 31           50% (minus deposit)
On or after June 1           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. 

Please note: Refunds take up to six weeks to process. Refunds will be issued in the form of a check 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

Please reference the “Leaving Program Early” section of the Student Handbook for procedure details of students being dismissed. Please note that no tuition or fees are 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.


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.


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

These rights include:

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.

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.

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.

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.