Latest Updates

As we continue to monitor and respond to the challenges of COVID-19, we’re committed to keeping the entire RISD community up to date—students, faculty, staff and our neighbors alike.

Stay informed by reviewing the latest updates to this site.

Vaccination Status: 95% of the RISD community is now fully vaccinated

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021


Testing Results: RISD had a total of 12 positive results out of 3,972 tests since August 16, 2021

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021


Campus Access: Individuals must participate in Surveillance Testing when called upon in order to maintain campus access

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021


Open Testing: RISD offers weekly Open Testing appointments. Sign up links are posted on Fridays

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021


Change in Isolation Protocol: Per a recent RI executive order, anyone who tests positive must quarantine for ten full days, regardless of vaccination status

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021


WS Travel Courses Canceled: Due to global conditions—including variable international vaccination rates and shifting travel mandates—RISD has decided to cancel all Wintersession travel courses

SEPTEMBER 13, 2021


EHP Paused: The pause on RISD’s European Honors Program (EHP) has been extended through Spring 2022 in order to implement recommended improvements to the program

SEPTEMBER 13, 2021


Vaccine Approval: The FDA announced approval of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 Vaccine

AUGUST 31, 2021


Building Hours: Campus buildings will be open daily from 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM

AUGUST 31, 2021


Fall Reopening: RISD will relax public health protocols and shift to Near Normal protocol on August 16

AUGUST 11, 2021


Students: It’s not too late to upload your required vaccination record!

Employees: Faculty and Staff who have not uploaded the required vaccination status disclosure – Upload Now!

AUGUST 2, 2021


*Updates listed from newest to oldest


Travel update: New RISD-sponsored travel policies for summer and AY21/22

JUNE 29, 2021


Tillinghast access: Tillinghast Farm exterior spaces now accessible to RISD community with active ID

JUNE 29, 2021


Library access: Fleet Library reopens June 28th, by appointments only

JUNE 22, 2021


Museum access: Advance tickets required for access to the RISD Museum

JUNE 22, 2021


Employee job aids: Instructions for uploading employee vaccination status via Workday are available in English, Português and Español

JUNE 7, 2021


Mask Update: RISD no longer requires masks OUTDOORS on campus

JUNE 5, 2021


Please get vaxxed!

Faculty and staff required to disclose vaccine status

Students required to upload vaccine verification 

MAY 25, 2021


RISD Museum re-opening: RISD Museum is opening to the public in June

MAY 25, 2021


Vaccination and testing: Vaccinated individuals must continue to participate in surveillance testing to monitor for breakthrough infection

MAY 18, 2021


Summer planning: RISD anticipates changing to Near Normal protocols on August 16th

MAY 18, 2021


Access to campus:

Faculty and staff campus access will remain unchanged for summer.

Only students with prior approval will be allowed to access RISD’s campus this summer.

MAY 18, 2021


New CDC guidance: RISD will maintain all current mask and social distancing protocol, despite new guidance from the CDC.

MAY 14, 2021


Employee vaccine disclosure: Faculty and staff must disclose vaccination status by August 1st.

MAY 14, 2021


Student vaccination required: Vaccines are mandated for all students and verification must be uploaded by August 1st. 

MAY 14, 2021

*Updates listed from newest to oldest


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.
  • Teaching and learning activities that can be conducted in an online mode without sacrificing the learning outcomes should migrate to online instruction.
  • Existing online courses should continue to be conducted online.
  • Residence halls will remain open as planned through the end of the fall semester.

DECEMBER 1, 2020


Wintersession campus access: Only specific individuals will be allowed access to campus during Wintersession

DECEMBER 1, 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


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


Positive case FAQ’s: New FAQ’s added about RISD’s response to positive cases

OCTOBER 13, 2020


Thanksgiving Break: Travel is discouraged over the shortened break

OCTOBER 13, 2020


Updated Student Health Services hours: Health Services is offering evening hours and weekend hours

OCTOBER 13, 2020


Positive case protocol: Learn about RISD’s positive case protocol if someone is found positive during surveillance testing

OCTOBER 6, 2020


Wintersession: Start making plans for Wintersession

OCTOBER 6, 2020


Surveillance testing: Approximately 1275 tests will be conducted each week

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020


Monitoring groups: Three new monitoring groups created to support the institution

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020


MyRISD app: New features added to the MyRISD app

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020


Surveillance testing: RISD will now test 50% of the on-campus population each week

SEPTEMBER 15, 2020


Outdoor eating areas: Various outdoor eating areas have been created on campus

SEPTEMBER 15, 2020


Testing updates: Baseline arrival testing has revealed three positive cases to date out of 2,689 tests

SEPTEMBER 15, 2020


Testing Dashboard: New testing dashboard now available to display daily testing data

SEPTEMBER 8, 2020


Student Arrival Quarantine: Quarantine will end for on campus students September 12-16

SEPTEMBER 8, 2020


QLess app now live: The QLess app will be used to schedule appointments at key service points

SEPTEMBER 8, 2020


Move-in underway: September 2 is the final day of move-in, with optional academic and co-curricular programming beginning September 3

SEPTEMBER 1, 2020


Testing updates: Baseline arrival testing has revealed zero positive cases to date out of 1,484 tests

SEPTEMBER 1, 2020


Academic buildings open September 17: Students can begin to access academic buildings on September 17

SEPTEMBER 1, 2020


Employee recognition: Take a moment to help recognize a colleague who has gone above and beyond during this crisis

SEPTEMBER 1, 2020


New Health Services Staff: Several staffing changes have been made to support Health Services during the COVID-19 pandemic

SEPTEMBER 1, 2020


Move-in weekend: Resident students begin move-in and baseline COVID-19 testing on Saturday, August 29, followed by two-week quarantine

AUGUST 25, 2020


Contingency planning: Response plans are in place in the event of high COVID-19 case counts on campus

AUGUST 25, 2020


Employee testing: Walk-up and drive-in testing now available to all RISD employees at 18 Congdon Street

AUGUST 25, 2020


Staff public health training: All staff must complete online public health training by Saturday, August 29

AUGUST 25, 2020


Academic resources reopening: Fleet Library, RISD Museum, Nature Lab and other spaces will reopen for students, faculty and staff

AUGUST 25, 2020


Arrival testing: Testing in progress through August 28 for on-campus staff, begins August 29 for resident students

AUGUST 18, 2020


Isolation/quarantine housing: The 3rd and 4th floors of 15 West will exclusively house quarantining and isolating students this fall

AUGUST 18, 2020


Self screening: All community members coming on campus must self-screen using the MyRISD assessment and reporting tool

AUGUST 18, 2020


Reduced campus access Several RISD facilities now open only to students, faculty and staff

AUGUST 18, 2020


Air filtration report: External assessment and recommendations for all campus buildings available for view

AUGUST 18, 2020


Facilities updates: Work continues to prepare campus buildings for the fall

AUGUST 18, 2020


Virtual public health training: Mandatory training now accessible for all students, faculty and staff

AUGUST 18, 2020


Arrival testing: Updated schedule for arrival testing for students, faculty and staff

AUGUST 11, 2020


Self screening: The daily self assessment tool is now available on MyRISD

AUGUST 11, 2020


Contact tracing: All RISD community members should participate in contact tracing

AUGUST 11, 2020


Employee support: New employee health coordinator will support employees with COVID-related issues

AUGUST 11, 2020


COVID-19 signage: Installation of signage in progress through mid-August

AUGUST 04, 2020


Virtual public health training: Mandatory training begins mid-August for all students, faculty and staff

AUGUST 04, 2020


New gathering restrictions: The State of Rhode Island has lowered the limit on in-person gatherings to 15 people maximum

AUGUST 04, 2020


Facilities updates: Work underway to prepare campus buildings for the fall

AUGUST 04, 2020


COVID-19 testing: Understand RISD’s testing protocols for all students, faculty and staff on campus this fall.

JULY 28, 2020


Masks: Everyone on campus is required to wear a face covering, which will be provided by RISD upon arrival.

JULY 28, 2020


De-densification: New exterior spaces and updated bathrooms will promote social distancing and bolster safety.

JULY 28, 2020


Quarantine update: RI regulations now require quarantine or proof of negative test for travelers arriving from high-risk areas in US.

JULY 17, 2020


Remote instruction requests: Students who can’t return to campus this fall may submit a formal request for remote instruction.

JULY 17, 2020


Canvas LMS training: Training sessions for faculty will begin this summer.

JULY 17, 2020


New student housing: RISD will offer students housing options at The Edge College Hill this year.

JULY 16, 2020


Course lookup tool: Preview which courses in the Fall will be in-person, online-only or hybrid.

JULY 10, 2020

RISD Campus Preparations

Recordings of Community Town Hall Meetings


Student Town Hall

August 19, 2021


Faculty Town Hall

August 19, 2021


Staff Town Hall

August 17, 2021


Student Town Hall: AY 20-21: Planning Framework

April 15, 2021


Staff Town Hall: AY 20-21: Planning Framework

video*
presentation

April 14, 2021


Faculty Town Hall: AY 20-21: Planning Framework

video*
presentation

April 12, 2021



*To access, please use your RISD email credentials.

Staff Town Hall: Spring Semester Preview*

video
presentation

February 4, 2021


Faculty Town Hall: Spring Semester Preview*

video
presentation

February 3, 2021


All-staff Meeting*

December 17, 2020


Campus Update: Faculty

October 21, 2020


All-staff Meeting*

September 16, 2020


Move-in & Quarantine Webinar

August 20, 2020


Faculty and Staff Q&A Session*

July 23, 2020


Incoming Undergraduate and Transfer Students

June 20, 2020


Current Undergraduate and Graduate Students

June 18, 2020


Incoming Graduate Student Town Hall

June 18, 2020


Faculty Meeting*

June 17, 2020


All-staff Meeting*

June 17, 2020


All-staff Meeting*

May 6, 2020


All-staff Meeting*

April 15, 2020


Community Town Hall

March 20, 2020


Community Town Hall

March 4, 2020


Community Town Hall

March 4, 2020



*To access, please use your RISD email credentials.