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Purpose, Applicability and Definitions
As members of the
RISD community, we are engaged in the mutual pursuit of both academic and
artistic excellence and social responsibility. The purpose of this Code of Student
Conduct is to establish standards for the ways in which we interact with each
other in that pursuit, and procedures and consequences for dealing with
instances in which those standards are not met.
The Code is
neither a criminal nor a civil code and does not operate like one. Our
expectations for our fellow community members are for a significantly higher
standard of conduct than the bare minimum prescribed by law; conduct that is
legal may nevertheless still be unacceptable within the bounds of our
procedures, and consequences set forth in the Code are intended to serve
primarily not as a punitive system, but, rather, as an extension of RISD’s
educational mission – to guide students in their growth as members of the RISD
and broader communities.
The Code applies
to the on-campus conduct of all students. The Code also applies to off-campus
conduct of students that, in RISD’s judgment, involves or affects RISD or other
members of the RISD community, such as conduct in connection with:
A. Academic work or other RISD-related
educational activities and experiences, such as class projects, field trips,
study abroad, student teaching, or internships;
B. Activities sponsored, conducted, or authorized
by RISD or its student organizations;
C. Activities that cause or threaten harm to
the health, safety, well-being, or property of RISD or members of the RISD
community, including the student him- or herself; or
D. Activities that unreasonably disturb the
peace and privacy of the student’s neighbors when living in off-campus housing.
The Code applies
to all such conduct by a student while a student, even if it occurs outside of
an academic term or when the student is not otherwise enrolled at RISD.
Moreover, RISD continues to have authority to administer the Code with respect
to any such conduct by a student while a student even if the student
subsequently graduates, withdraws, takes leave, or is otherwise absent from
RISD, and even if RISD does not learn of such conduct until after the student
graduates, withdraws, takes leave, or is otherwise absent from RISD.
continue to be subject to federal, state, and local laws while at RISD. While those laws are separate and independent
from the Code and impose different standards, violations of them may also
constitute violations of the Code. In such instances, RISD may take action
under the Code independently of any other, legal proceeding involving the same
conduct and may impose consequences for violation of the Code even if such
other proceeding is not yet resolved or is resolved in the student’s favor.
As used in the
A. “Campus” means all lands, buildings, and
facilities owned, leased, operated, or used by RISD.
B."Student” means an individual who has paid
an acceptance fee, registered, or entered into any other contractual
relationship with RISD for any form of instruction, whether or not for credit.
For purposes of the Code, “student” status begins at the time of such payment,
registration, or contractual undertaking, even if the student has not yet
arrived on campus or commenced instruction, and continues until such time as
the student graduates or otherwise completes the relevant program, formally and
permanently withdraws, or is expelled. A student who has been suspended
continues to be considered a “student” for purposes of the Code.
C. “Members of the RISD community” means RISD
students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and agents; visitors to the RISD campus;
and people and entities within the vicinity of the RISD campus.