Vaccination and Booster Policy


RISD requires the COVID-19 vaccination and booster (when students are eligible*) in addition to all other currently required vaccinations. RISD accepts vaccines approved for emergency medical authorization by the FDA or the World Health Organization.

Anyone who has already received an approved exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination will continue to be exempt from this requirement. Students seeking an exemption from the vaccine or booster*, must fill out a request form on the student patient portal.

*Students who are not yet eligible to receive a booster should not request exemption and can wait until eligible and boosted to upload booster verification.

Faculty and Staff

RISD does not require employee vaccination, but does require disclosure of whether employees have received the vaccine and booster.

Employees can upload their vaccination status in Workday. Instructions are available here in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Continuing Education and Pre-College Students

RISD requires all Continuing Education (CE) students to complete the vaccination attestation form at the point of registration for adult, teen and youth (ages 6+) in-person programming.

For RISD Pre-College students, proof of vaccination is required and collected after admittance into the program.