RISD is open for fall 2020 with students taking a blend of in-person, online and hybrid classes. Wintersession 2021 begins January 11 and spring 2021 begins February 22.

Latest updates

Governor Raimondo announced new restrictions for Rhode Island colleges and universities and we have confirmed with the Governor’s office what this means for RISD.

  • RISD can continue to keep academic shops and studios, and the associated instructional activities, functioning as currently through the end of the fall semester.
  • Residence halls will remain open as planned through the end of the fall semester.
  • The Executive Order has not yet been posted. As soon as it is, further details about the the impact of the State’s restrictions on RISD will be communicated.

NOVEMBER 19, 2020

Testing results: We now have 22 cumulative positive results out of 13,963 cases

NOVEMBER 24, 2020

New limit on social gatherings: RI Executive Order limits the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings to 10 people

NOVEMBER 10, 2020

Avoid travel for Thanksgiving: Students will need to quarantine if traveling out of state for Thanksgiving

NOVEMBER 10, 2020

The Met open for indoor dining: The Met is now offering a limited number of tables for indoor dining

NOVEMBER 3, 2020

Elections Monitoring Group: This new group has been formed to assess increased risks to public safety due to the election

NOVEMBER 3, 2020

New CDC definition: The CDC has updated their definition of a close contact

OCTOBER 27, 2020

New testing location: Surveillance testing has moved to 224 Benefit Street

OCTOBER 20, 2020

Outdoor classrooms: All tents will be removed November 9

OCTOBER 20, 2020

What you need to know


Wear a face covering

  • face coverings are required on campus
  • community members are expected to provide their own coverings
Social Distancing

De-densified campus

  • campus spaces support physical distancing
  • staff are working remotely wherever possible

Testing and care

  • RISD is testing 50 percent of its on-campus population every week
  • COVID-19 evaluation is available to students at Thompson House respiratory clinic staff 
  • Learn more about testing

Tracking COVID-19 at RISD

  • the COVID-19 dashboard provides up-to-date statistics from ongoing campus testing
  • data is updated daily Monday—Friday with laboratory-verified results

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Keep informed

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Supporting and promoting good mental health at RISD.

Stay updated on COVID-19 with community updates, FAQs and resources.

Announcements and Events

Sometimes we’re all affected by a health condition — from cold and flu season to more serious issues. Check here for important, timely news on events or services to help you stay healthy — and to get the latest updates on any campus-wide health alerts.