Public Safety officers standing by branded vehicle

Patrolling campus on foot, bicycle and in distinctively marked cruisers, the members of RISD’s Public Safety team work 24/7 to maintain a safe environment for RISD students. Officers are friendly and professional, often getting to know students and able to recognize members of the campus community. Public Safety also provides education and training that help students, faculty and staff to be stewards of a safe and informed community.

Crime prevention + safety resources

Public Safety encourages students, staff and faculty to take advantage of the crime prevention and safety resources it offers. Community members can register bicycles, scooters and personal electronics devices and pick up property and personal protection items or take part in National Crime Prevention Council programming and American Red Cross classes.

RISD complies with all state and federal statutes ensuring our commitment to a learning, living and working environment free from gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault. A dedicated team of RISD Title IX Coordinators is available for community members concerned about sexual discrimination or sexual misconduct.

RISDRides shuttle service

To ensure the safety of students working in their studios or attending openings and events, the college provides a free nighttime shuttle service known as RISDRides.

RISDRides enhances the safety of our community by providing on-call, door-to-door evening and late-night service. Using the RISDRides app (available at MyRISD), students, faculty and staff can request a ride from a RISD building to any location within the service area and vice versa.

RISDRides operates seven days a week from 5 pm–3:15 am during the academic year. A wheelchair-accessible shuttle is available upon request. The latest information, including schedule adjustments, can be found in the app.

RISDRides service area map

RISDRides COVID-19 regulations