Course Policies For First-year Students

Grounds for permanent dismissal from class
  • Absence on the first day of class
  • Missing more than 20% of required class time, whether in-person or virtual, at any time during the semester, for any reason
  • Repeat tardiness (lateness) or routine disappearance from class
  • Causing a disturbance in the class that negatively impacts the experience of other students
  • Failure to honor academic policies or codes of conduct 
Academic policies & standards of conduct

Participation and projects must abide by the following:


  • Attendance is mandatory.  There is not an allowed number of absences. 
  • A student with misses more than 2 classes for any reason can be withdrawn from class.  If not withdrawn, students should expect a consequence in grading. 
  • On-time arrival to class is expected.  Arriving to class late (tardiness) is not acceptable. Returning late after breaks or lunch is also considered tardiness. Tardiness can be marked as a full or partial absence.
  • Students may not leave a class session without faculty permission. Disappearance from class can be marked as a full or partial absence.
  • Absences include any required session.
  • Reasonable accommodations can be made for missed class because of a religious observance. In such cases, students must communicate with their faculty at the beginning of the semester in order to plan ahead.  
  • In cases where a serious illness or family emergency will prevent attendance, students should notify their faculty immediately.  If ill, students should make an appointment with Health Services. Consequences of absences are determined at the discretion of faculty. 
  • In an event where absences become excessive for any reason, students can be dropped by faculty or required to withdraw from the course.
  • If a class is missed, students are responsible for communicating with faculty, gathering missed material, making up assignments, and getting back on track with the class.

Cleanliness & community

  • Our classroom studios, shops, and labs are community spaces. When working, be responsible and considerate of others. 
  • Do not leave your work unattended.  Unless stored in an approved designated area, work left in studios will be discarded.
  • Prepare your work area so as not to mark or damage tables and walls.
  • Leave work areas clean. 
  • Dispose of waste in proper containers.
  • Please do not eat in class. 
  • Mind your belongings. Do a second check before you leave the studio to make sure you have all of your supplies and work at the end of the day. 


  • Always be concerned with your health and safety, and that of others. 
  • Take note of the locations of emergency exits, classroom phones, and first aid kits.
  • Pay close attention to demonstrations in class regarding the safe use of tools and materials. Heed posted warnings and instructions, and read the labels on art materials. 
  • Many art materials contain ingredients that are hazardous. Take suitable precautions so as to avoid skin contact, inhalation, or accidental ingestion when handling hazardous materials. Be sure to wash hands thoroughly after working and before eating. For more information on material safety, please consult the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) accessible via the Environmental Health and Safety office:

Disability support

  • Disability Support Services (DSS) works to accommodate students with cognitive (learning), psychological and/or physical disabilities. DSS provides, arranges and coordinates appropriate and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, obtains and maintains disability-related documents, determines eligibility for services and reasonable accommodations, and develops plans for implementing such accommodations.  Please see this link for more information:

E-mail communication

  • Please check your RISD email regularly for important Division announcements and communication from your faculty and academic advisor. 

Diversity / Civility Statement

  • We will expect and maintain behavior in class that establishes and preserves an atmosphere appropriate for teaching and learning. Each faculty member determines this standard for their course. The RISD community is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the development of integrity. In order to thrive and excel, this community must preserve the freedom of thought and expression of all its members. A culture of respect that honors the rights, safety, dignity, and worth of every individual is essential to preserve such freedom. We affirm our respect for the rights and well-being of all members.

Additional Policies

Please see