Physical Distancing Protocol for RISD Spaces
Residential: The majority of students are living in single-occupancy rooms. RISD has expanded its housing, gaining 200 additional beds by renting the Edge College Hill apartments.
Academics: Core studio and shop-based courses are being held in person and other courses are taking place online or in a hybrid online-plus-embodied version.
Employees: Wherever possible, employees will continue to work from home to keep the density of our campus as low as possible.
The CDC recommends that individuals stay at least six feet (about two arms’ length) from other people, do not gather in groups, stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
Interactions that cannot be conducted while maintaining six-feet of distance should be limited to less than 15 minutes at a time in a 24 hour time period and/or include increased personal protective equipment.
Facilities and Physical Spaces
More than 200 shops, studios and classrooms have been reconfigured to provide for six-feet of physical-distancing separation space, including tape and other physical markers. Furniture in residence halls has been rearranged to accommodate single person occupancy with workspace in each room. Egress and flow patterns have been adjusted to accommodate physical distancing requirements in addition to limitations on elevator capacity and staggered release of classes. In addition:
- Ten buildings have had items moved to temporary storage to provide space for physical distancing, filling 18 storage tractor-trailers with materials.
- Approximately 150,000 linear feet of floor tape marks physical distancing guides.
- Approximately 370 toilet lids have been installed throughout campus in response to concerns about infectious plumes caused by toilet flushing. This work is ongoing.
- More than 700 soap and sanitizer dispensers have been added in all buildings across campus.
- All crossing signals on and around the RISD campus are automated or “touchless.”
Shop and Studio Zones
Shared and Common Spaces
Shared or common spaces have posted on the entrance the required capacity and any restrictions on use. Employees will hold meetings using existing videoconferencing technology wherever possible, and use physical meeting spaces that allow for physical distancing where videoconferencing is not possible.
Outdoor Classroom Space
- Parking area at 161 South Main Street
- Parking area at 231 South Main Street
- The parking lot besides Illustration building located at 55 Canal Walk
- Market Square, 8 North Main Street
- Farnum Park, 12 Congdon Street
- The North Hall turn around located at 60 Waterman Street
- Benefit Street between College Street and Waterman Street (the street will reopen to vehicle traffic on November 1)
Signage and Visual Cues
Every building on the RISD campus has been outfitted with site-specific wayfinding, educational, and COVID-specific visual information to reinforce public health protocols and direct circulation in shared spaces.
Building occupants are expected to follow signage on traffic flow through building entrances, exits, elevator usage and similar common use areas. Be sure to pay close attention to and follow these markings as we strive to ensure the continued health and safety of our community.
Download the RISD Safe Together – Sign Template
- Pick a template (landscape or portrait) based on where you intend to place the sign
- Make a copy in Google Slides by going to File > Make a copy > Entire presentation
- Enter the text for your sign. Try to keep it clear and succinct.
- Print on any b/w printer on 8.5” x 11” paper