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. Updated Wintersession Protocol: Rhode Island’s COVID-19 community transmission status has recently changed to high. As a result, we are adjusting our protocols and prioritizing the health and safety of our community accordingly. Until further notice, RISD strongly recommends wearing a high-quality, well-fitting mask for all indoor settings and for RISD-sponsored events to help protect against COVID-19. If needed, medical-grade masks are available for free at RISD Public Safety offices at 30 Waterman Street, 15 West and at Thompson House. Students and faculty are reminded that this recommendation applies to classrooms—including open floor plan studio or home spaces—as well as common spaces in dorms (i.e. in the lounge and in workrooms). Please also take advantage of free, on-campus PCR testing at Thompson House. Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure space is available. January 4, 2023 Free COVID-19 antigen tests: In anticipation of increased travel and gatherings for the Thanksgiving holiday, two free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests are available for any member of the RISD community. There is no testing requirement; this is an entirely voluntary program. Tests are available at the RISD Mailroom during normal business hours and at Public Safety 24/7. November 17, 2022 RISD is hosting a COVID-19 Vaccination clinic next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, October 12, 13, and 14th. The clinic is voluntary and open to students, faculty, and staff. It will include the new bivalent COVID-19 booster. Although insurance information will be requested, there is no cost to anyone who receives the vaccination. Purple Shield Medical will be the health provider for the administration of the vaccine. To ensure space is available, pre-registration is required. Wednesday, October 12 12–6 pm 20 Washington Place, Room 102 Register Thursday, October 13 4–8 pm 20 Washington Place, Room 102 Register Friday, October 14 9–1 pm 15 Westminster, 1st floor lobby Register Please contact Health Services if you have any questions. OCTOBER 4, 2022 Return to Mask Optional—Mask Friendly: As of June 21, 2022, indoor and outdoor mask wearing is optional for individuals on campus except at Student Health Services, where masking will continue to be required. CDC and our health experts strongly encourage individuals who are unvaccinated/unboostered, and or at high risk, to continue to wear masks for their own health protection. Very importantly, we will continue to support masking for any individual based on their own personal situation or comfort level. As a campus we plan to be “mask friendly” to anyone who prefers to continue to wear a mask on campus. We will continue to make masks available during business hours at Public Safety (Waterman and 15 West). JUNE 21, 2022 Open Testing Discontinued for Summer: Open asymptomatic PCR testing will be discontinued during the summer. JUNE 14, 2022 2022 Spring Updates Mask Mandate Reinstated: Starting Tuesday, May 24, 2022, masks are required in all indoor settings on the RISD campus, and in all indoor settings for RISD-sponsored events. MAY 23, 2022 Testing Updates: RISD’s Dashboard is now updated weekly with the total number of PRC tests and the total number of positive test results since April 11, 2022 APRIL 18, 2022 Close Contacts and Isolation: Close contacts who are vaccinated, boostered and asymptomatic are NOT required to quarantine/isolate APRIL 18, 2022 Town Hall Recordings: April 12 employee and student Town Hall recordings now available APRIL 18, 2022 FAQ Update: FAQ page updated in response to questions raised at the Town Halls APRIL 18, 2022 Protocol Changes: Starting April 11, RISD will modify masking, testing and travel protocols MARCH 21, 2022 DISCLOSE NOW: RISD is considering rolling back some COVID protocols following spring break—Disclose Now! MARCH 15, 2022 Testing Results: RISD has had a total of 52 positive results out of 3,336 tests since February 17, 2022 MARCH 15, 2022 Booster Numbers: 90.3 percent of the vaccinated RISD community has received a booster shot MARCH 15, 2022 Booster Disclosure: It is not too late for students to upload booster verification and employees to disclose booster status MARCH 1, 2022 New Upload Process: Employees may now upload off-site test results via Workday MARCH 1, 2022 Booster Numbers: Only 61 percent of the vaccinated RISD community has received a booster shot FEBRUARY 15, 2022 Booster Disclosure: Students must upload COVID-19 booster vaccination records and employees must disclose booster dose status by February 16, 2022 FEBRUARY 15, 2022 Spring Arrival Testing: All students, faculty and staff must PCR test upon arrival FEBRUARY 15, 2022 Town Hall Recordings: Recordings now available for Faculty, Staff and Student Spring Town Halls FEBRUARY 15, 2022 Spring Protocol: RISD announces COVID-19 protocols for Spring 2022 including reduced testing protocol, continued mask requirements, reduced travel and event restrictions, and a return to flexible work arrangements FEBRUARY 8, 2022 2022 Wintersession Updates *Updates listed from newest to oldest Booster Numbers: Only 34 percent of the vaccinated RISD community has received a booster shot FEBRUARY 8, 2022 Booster Disclosure: Students must upload COVID-19 booster vaccination records and employees must disclose booster dose status by February 16, 2022 FEBRUARY 1, 2022 Spring Arrival Testing: All students, faculty and staff must PCR test upon arrival FEBRUARY 1, 2022 Mask Policy: Starting Monday, January 24, 2022 RISD policy will only accept medical grade face coverings JANUARY 19, 2022 Testing Results: RISD has had a total of 115 positive results out of 1,864 tests since January 1, 2022 JANUARY 11, 2022 Wintersession Arrival Testing: All students, faculty and staff on campus during wintersession must test upon arrival and participate in surveillance testing JANUARY 11, 2022 Tested Positive? Upon verification, RISD will remove individuals from the testing pool for 90 days following positive test results JANUARY 11, 2022 Booster Disclosure: Students must upload COVID-19 booster vaccination records and employees must disclose booster dose status by February 1, 2022 JANUARY 11, 2022 Wintersession Remote Start: RISD will pivot to a remote start of classes from Jan 6–13, with classes resuming in-person on the 14th. JANUARY 4, 2022 Wintersession Protocol Changes: Updates have been made to Wintersession policies and are effective January 1 in light of the surge of cases from the Omicron variant. DECEMBER 23, 2021 2021 Fall Semester Updates *Updates listed from newest to oldestWintersession Protocol Changes: Updates have been made to Wintersession policies and are effective January 1 in light of the surge of cases from the Omicron variant.DECEMBER 23, 2021New Booster Policy: All students are required to receive a COVID-19 booster and employees are required to disclose booster dose status by February 1, 2022.DECEMBER 23, 2021Wintersession Arrival Testing: All students, faculty and staff on campus in January must test within 72 hours of arrival. Sign up available now.DECEMBER 23, 2021Vaccination Status: 97% of the RISD community is now fully vaccinatedDECEMBER 7, 2021End of Semester Testing: RISD provides optional exit testing for students ahead of the winter breakDECEMBER 7, 2021Town Hall Recordings: Recordings from RISD’s November town hall meetings are now availableDECEMBER 7, 2021Increased Open Testing: All faculty, staff and students strongly encouraged to test 5–7 days after gathering or travelingNOVEMBER 18, 2021Booster Vaccine: All RI residents, education workers and residential students are eligible for the booster vaccineNOVEMBER 18, 2021New Protocol for Wintersession and Spring: RISD has announced the revised protocols for Wintersession and Spring 2022NOVEMBER 15, 2021Wintersession and Spring protocol: RISD will announce revised protocol for Wintersession and Spring 2022 on November 15NOVEMBER 9, 2021Post-Halloween Open Testing: Anyone who attends a gathering over Halloween weekend is encouraged to test the week of November 8OCTOBER 26, 2021Wintersession and Spring protocol: RISD will announce revised protocol for Wintersession and Spring 2022 in mid-NovemberOCTOBER 26, 2021Open Testing: RISD offers weekly Open Testing appointments. Sign up links are posted on Friday morningsOCTOBER 12, 2021Flu Clinic: RISD will offer flu shot clinics for faculty, staff and students on October 13 and November 4OCTOBER 12, 2021Brown Fitness Center: Brown Recreation memberships available to RISD faculty, staff and students and their familiesOCTOBER 12, 2021Mask Reminder: Face Coverings are required in all indoor spaces at all timesSEPTEMBER 28, 2021Isolation Protocol:Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 daysSymptomatic individuals isolate for 10 days from symptom onset.Asymptomatic individuals isolate for 10 days from the positive test result.SEPTEMBER 28, 2021Open Testing: RISD offers weekly Open Testing appointments. Sign up links are posted on Friday morningsSEPTEMBER 14, 2021Campus Access: Individuals must participate in Surveillance Testing when called upon in order to maintain campus accessSEPTEMBER 14, 2021Change in Isolation Protocol: Per a recent RI executive order, anyone who tests positive must quarantine for ten full days, regardless of vaccination statusSEPTEMBER 14, 2021WS Travel Courses Canceled: Due to global conditions—including variable international vaccination rates and shifting travel mandates—RISD has decided to cancel all Wintersession travel coursesSEPTEMBER 13, 2021EHP Paused: The pause on RISD’s European Honors Program (EHP) has been extended through Spring 2022 in order to implement recommended improvements to the programSEPTEMBER 13, 2021Vaccine Approval: The FDA announced approval of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 VaccineAUGUST 31, 2021Building Hours: Campus buildings will be open daily from 6:00 AM to 2:00 AMAUGUST 31, 2021Fall Reopening: RISD will relax public health protocols and shift to Near Normal protocol on August 16AUGUST 11, 2021Students: 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 2021 Spring Semester Updates *Updates listed from newest to oldestTravel update: New RISD-sponsored travel policies for summer and AY21/22JUNE 29, 2021Tillinghast access: Tillinghast Farm exterior spaces now accessible to RISD community with active IDJUNE 29, 2021Library access: Fleet Library reopens June 28th, by appointments onlyJUNE 22, 2021Museum access: Advance tickets required for access to the RISD MuseumJUNE 22, 2021Employee job aids: Instructions for uploading employee vaccination status via Workday are available at workday.risd.edu.JUNE 7, 2021Mask Update: RISD no longer requires masks OUTDOORS on campusJUNE 5, 2021Please get vaxxed!Faculty and staff required to disclose vaccine statusStudents required to upload vaccine verification MAY 25, 2021RISD Museum re-opening: RISD Museum is opening to the public in JuneMAY 25, 2021Vaccination and testing: Vaccinated individuals must continue to participate in surveillance testing to monitor for breakthrough infectionMAY 18, 2021Summer planning: RISD anticipates changing to Near Normal protocols on August 16thMAY 18, 2021Access 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, 2021New CDC guidance: RISD will maintain all current mask and social distancing protocol, despite new guidance from the CDC.MAY 14, 2021Employee vaccine disclosure: Faculty and staff must disclose vaccination status by August 1st.MAY 14, 2021Student vaccination required: Vaccines are mandated for all students and verification must be uploaded by August 1st. MAY 14, 2021 2021 Wintersession Updates *Updates listed from newest to oldestAccess to campus: Campus access for the spring semester is contingent upon a variety of arrival requirements.FEBRUARY 2, 2021Wintersession has started: The term started January 11 with all online classesJANUARY 12, 2021Limited access to campus: Only those with approved access are allowed on campus during WintersessionJANUARY 12, 2021 2020 Fall Semester Updates *Updates listed from newest to oldestGovernor 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, 2020Wintersession campus access: Only specific individuals will be allowed access to campus during WintersessionDECEMBER 1, 2020New limit on social gatherings: RI Executive Order limits the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings to 10 peopleNOVEMBER 10, 2020Avoid travel for Thanksgiving: Students will need to quarantine if traveling out of state for ThanksgivingNOVEMBER 10, 2020Elections Monitoring Group: This new group has been formed to assess increased risks to public safety due to the electionNOVEMBER 3, 2020New CDC definition: The CDC has updated their definition of a close contactOCTOBER 27, 2020New testing location: Surveillance testing has moved to 224 Benefit StreetOCTOBER 20, 2020Outdoor classrooms: All tents will be removed November 9OCTOBER 20, 2020Positive case FAQ’s: New FAQ’s added about RISD’s response to positive casesOCTOBER 13, 2020Thanksgiving Break: Travel is discouraged over the shortened breakOCTOBER 13, 2020Updated Student Health Services hours: Health Services is offering evening hours and weekend hoursOCTOBER 13, 2020Positive case protocol: Learn about RISD’s positive case protocol if someone is found positive during surveillance testingOCTOBER 6, 2020Wintersession: Start making plans for WintersessionOCTOBER 6, 2020Surveillance testing: Approximately 1275 tests will be conducted each weekSEPTEMBER 22, 2020Monitoring groups: Three new monitoring groups created to support the institutionSEPTEMBER 22, 2020MyRISD app: New features added to the MyRISD appSEPTEMBER 22, 2020Surveillance testing: RISD will now test 50% of the on-campus population each weekSEPTEMBER 15, 2020Outdoor eating areas: Various outdoor eating areas have been created on campusSEPTEMBER 15, 2020Testing updates: Baseline arrival testing has revealed three positive cases to date out of 2,689 testsSEPTEMBER 15, 2020Testing Dashboard: New testing dashboard now available to display daily testing dataSEPTEMBER 8, 2020Student Arrival Quarantine: Quarantine will end for on campus students September 12-16SEPTEMBER 8, 2020QLess app now live: The QLess app will be used to schedule appointments at key service pointsSEPTEMBER 8, 2020Move-in underway: September 2 is the final day of move-in, with optional academic and co-curricular programming beginning September 3SEPTEMBER 1, 2020Testing updates: Baseline arrival testing has revealed zero positive cases to date out of 1,484 testsSEPTEMBER 1, 2020Academic buildings open September 17: Students can begin to access academic buildings on September 17SEPTEMBER 1, 2020Employee recognition: Take a moment to help recognize a colleague who has gone above and beyond during this crisisSEPTEMBER 1, 2020New Health Services Staff: Several staffing changes have been made to support Health Services during the COVID-19 pandemicSEPTEMBER 1, 2020Move-in weekend: Resident students begin move-in and baseline COVID-19 testing on Saturday, August 29, followed by two-week quarantineAUGUST 25, 2020Contingency planning: Response plans are in place in the event of high COVID-19 case counts on campusAUGUST 25, 2020Employee testing: Walk-up and drive-in testing now available to all RISD employees at 18 Congdon StreetAUGUST 25, 2020Staff public health training: All staff must complete online public health training by Saturday, August 29AUGUST 25, 2020Academic resources reopening: Fleet Library, RISD Museum, Nature Lab and other spaces will reopen for students, faculty and staffAUGUST 25, 2020Arrival testing: Testing in progress through August 28 for on-campus staff, begins August 29 for resident studentsAUGUST 18, 2020Isolation/quarantine housing: The 3rd and 4th floors of 15 West will exclusively house quarantining and isolating students this fallAUGUST 18, 2020Self screening: All community members coming on campus must self-screen using the MyRISD assessment and reporting toolAUGUST 18, 2020Reduced campus access Several RISD facilities now open only to students, faculty and staffAUGUST 18, 2020Air filtration report: External assessment and recommendations for all campus buildings available for viewAUGUST 18, 2020Facilities updates: Work continues to prepare campus buildings for the fallAUGUST 18, 2020Virtual public health training: Mandatory training now accessible for all students, faculty and staffAUGUST 18, 2020Arrival testing: Updated schedule for arrival testing for students, faculty and staffAUGUST 11, 2020Self screening: The daily self assessment tool is now available on MyRISDAUGUST 11, 2020Contact tracing: All RISD community members should participate in contact tracingAUGUST 11, 2020Employee support: New employee health coordinator will support employees with COVID-related issuesAUGUST 11, 2020COVID-19 signage: Installation of signage in progress through mid-AugustAUGUST 04, 2020Virtual public health training: Mandatory training begins mid-August for all students, faculty and staffAUGUST 04, 2020New gathering restrictions: The State of Rhode Island has lowered the limit on in-person gatherings to 15 people maximumAUGUST 04, 2020Facilities updates: Work underway to prepare campus buildings for the fallAUGUST 04, 2020COVID-19 testing: Understand RISD’s testing protocols for all students, faculty and staff on campus this fall.JULY 28, 2020Masks: Everyone on campus is required to wear a face covering, which will be provided by RISD upon arrival.JULY 28, 2020De-densification: New exterior spaces and updated bathrooms will promote social distancing and bolster safety.JULY 28, 2020Quarantine update: RI regulations now require quarantine or proof of negative test for travelers arriving from high-risk areas in US.JULY 17, 2020Remote instruction requests: Students who can’t return to campus this fall may submit a formal request for remote instruction.JULY 17, 2020Canvas LMS training: Training sessions for faculty will begin this summer.JULY 17, 2020New student housing: RISD will offer students housing options at The Edge College Hill this year.JULY 16, 2020Course lookup tool: Preview which courses in the Fall will be in-person, online-only or hybrid.JULY 10, 2020 Older Updates RISD Campus Preparations Previous Next Recordings of Community Town Hall Meetings Student Town HallAugust 24, 2022Faculty/Staff Town Hall*August 23, 2022*To access, please use your RISD email credentials. Spring 2022 Recordings Archive Student Town Hall April 12, 2022 Faculty/Staff Town Hall* April 12, 2022 Student Town Hall February 15, 2022 Staff Town Hall* February 10, 2022 Faculty Town Hall* February 10, 2022 *To access, please use your RISD email credentials. Fall 2021 Recordings Archive Student Town HallNovember 17, 2021Staff Town Hall*November 17, 2021Faculty Town Hall*November 16, 2021Staff Town Hall*September 30, 2021Student Town HallAugust 19, 2021Faculty Town HallAugust 19, 2021Staff Town HallAugust 17, 2021Student Town Hall: AY 21-22: Planning FrameworkApril 15, 2021Staff Town Hall: AY 21-22: Planning Frameworkvideo*presentationApril 14, 2021Faculty Town Hall: AY 21-22: Planning Frameworkvideo*presentationApril 12, 2021*To access, please use your RISD email credentials. AY 2020-21 Recordings Archive Staff Town Hall: Spring Semester Preview*videopresentationFebruary 4, 2021Faculty Town Hall: Spring Semester Preview*videopresentationFebruary 3, 2021All-staff Meeting*December 17, 2020Campus Update: FacultyOctober 21, 2020All-staff Meeting*September 16, 2020Move-in & Quarantine WebinarAugust 20, 2020Faculty and Staff Q&A Session*July 23, 2020Incoming Undergraduate and Transfer StudentsJune 20, 2020Current Undergraduate and Graduate StudentsJune 18, 2020Incoming Graduate Student Town HallJune 18, 2020Faculty Meeting*June 17, 2020All-staff Meeting*June 17, 2020All-staff Meeting*May 6, 2020All-staff Meeting*April 15, 2020Community Town HallMarch 20, 2020Community Town HallMarch 4, 2020Community Town HallMarch 4, 2020*To access, please use your RISD email credentials.