Please review the “What you need to know” section below for Fall 2022 protocols.

What you need to know

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  • Vaccination—including booster—is required for students, highly encouraged for employees.
  • The majority of the RISD community are vaccinated and boosted.
  • Guests are not required to show proof of vaccination when visiting campus.

Isolation and Precautions

  • Mask Optional—Mask Friendly: Indoor mask wearing is optional in most settings on campus.

  • Physical distancing is no longer required.
  • Individuals who test positive with a PRC test or antigen test must isolate for five (5) days (per CDC).
  • Close contacts who are asymptomatic do not need to isolate (per CDC).
  • There are no limits on the number of people attending campus events.


  • Open PCR testing will be offered at Thompson House starting the week of September 5. Community members will receive an email invitation each week to reserve a testing time. RISD will offer 14-16 hours of testing each week for the month of September and adjust according to demand.
  • RISD Community members are encouraged to monitor on their own with antigen tests that are available through the federal government program or from your local pharmacy. RISD has a limited amount of antigen tests available for students who need them.
  • If you are a student and are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, please contact Student Health Services to determine what type of visit or testing is recommended.


Contingency Planning

While we hope that the measures outlined will mitigate any widespread outbreak of COVID-19, we are prepared for various scenarios in which an outbreak might occur and have planned how we should respond, including circumstances that might warrant moving to remote learning.

Public health triggers and scenario planning

RISD will monitor infection levels in Rhode Island and the surrounding area. As part of this oversight we will pay attention to hospitalization levels, conditions on neighboring campuses and availability of resources. In case of an outbreak on campus (10+ cases in one week) RISD may need to tighten restrictions on a temporary basis to assess an imminent threat to public health. This may include:
  • increasing surveillance testing.
  • limiting gatherings and student activities.
  • moving to remote learning for a specific length of time.
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