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Standards of Conduct

IV. Standards of Conduct

RISD expects its students to conduct themselves in recognition that they are members of a community engaged in the mutual pursuit of academic and artistic excellence and social responsibility – and therefore to comply not only with base legal requirements, but also with additional, higher standards that enable and promote that pursuit. Towards that end, all students must:

A.    Comply with all federal, state, and local laws applicable to their activities; and

B.    Comply with all general RISD rules and policies applicable to their activities, such as RISD’s academic misconduct policy, residence life rules, good neighbor policy, dining regulations, computer use policy, policy on discriminatory harassment, alcohol and substance abuse policy, and environmental health and studio safety rules; and

C.    Not engage, or attempt to engage, in any other form of conduct that they reasonably should know is unacceptable within the RISD community. Representative, but not exclusive, examples of such unacceptable conduct include:

1.    Interference with teaching, learning, and other activities – Disrupting, obstructing, or interfering with the proper conduct of teaching and learning, other RISD-related activities, or other legitimate activities of other members of the RISD community, or breaching the peace of other members of the RISD community. Legitimate criticism or other statement of opinion, expressed in a respectful manner, is not a violation of this provision.

2.    Harm to others – Engaging in harassing, abusive, threatening, intimidating, endangering, fear-provoking, dishonest, deceptive, coercive, or harmful behavior toward others. Legitimate criticism or other statement of opinion, expressed in a respectful manner, is not a violation of this provision.

3.    Sexual misconduct – Engaging in any form of sexual contact or conduct with another without that person’s clear, knowing, and voluntary consent. Sexual misconduct can occur between people of the same or different genders. For purposes of this provision, (a) it is the responsibility of the person seeking to initiate sexual contact or conduct to affirmatively obtain such consent, not of the intended recipient of such contact or conduct to affirmatively deny such consent, and (b) valid consent cannot be obtained from a person whose ability to make decisions is obviously substantially impaired by alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants or by mental or physical condition; who is unaware that the sexual contact or conduct is being committed; or who is compelled or coerced to grant consent by force, threat of force, deception, or supervisory or disciplinary authority.

Among the most serious types of sexual misconduct are sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct when either (a) submission to such conduct is an explicit or implicit condition of employment or academic success, or (b) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for an employment or academic decision, or (c) such conduct has the purpose or effect of either (i) interfering with another’s ability to participate in RISD’s educational programs or employment opportunities, or (ii) creating an intimidating or hostile working or academic environment. For more information on Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures see: sexualmisconduct.risd.edu

 4.    Weapons – Using, displaying, or possessing objects or substances whose primary purpose is to cause or threaten harm, such as firearms, pellet guns, ammunition, slingshots, switchblade knives, explosives, or any realistic toy or model such items, even if otherwise permitted by law; or using any other objects or substances to cause or threaten harm. 

5.    Drugs, alcohol, and other harmful substances – Using, possessing, or distributing drugs or drug paraphernalia, alcohol, or other harmful substances in a manner that is prohibited by law or RISD policy, that is for purposes other than those for which they are intended, or that otherwise is potentially harmful to oneself or others. 

As provided in RISD’s “Good Samaritan” policy, students who voluntarily and proactively seek help for their own use of such substances or for that of others ordinarily will not be charged for such use under this provision.

6.    Harm to property – Stealing, destroying, damaging, or misusing the property or services of others, or possessing or using others’ property or services without their authorization.

7.    Unauthorized entry – Entering or remaining in RISD buildings, facilities, or other premises, or possessing, duplicating, or using keys or key cards to any RISD buildings, facilities or other premises, without, or in excess of, appropriate authorization from RISD. 

8.    Failure to comply with authority – Failing to comply with the instructions or admonitions of RISD officials, obstructing them in the course of performing their duties, or refusing to provide them with identification when requested.

9.    Dishonest conduct – Furnishing false information or making a false report to RISD officials, or falsifying, altering, or misusing RISD records.

10.   Interference with Code administration – Refusing to participate in, interfering with, or retaliating against anyone for participating in the administration of the Code.

11.   Noncompliance – Failing to comply with the terms of any consequences imposed under the Code or any behavioral contracts entered into under or apart from the Code.

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