RISD, as an artistic and academic community, intends to provide a residential atmosphere where art, design, study, and learning can take place alongside healthy recreation, relaxation and social development. This balanced atmosphere is dependent upon the willingness of all RISD community members to associate in such a way that personal freedom and responsibility co-exist.
Any student applying to, or having moved into a RISD residential facility, acknowledges therefore, the need for socially responsible behavior. They recognize the role of the Residence Life Staff in promoting such behavior and will accept reasonable disciplinary action for disregarding such behavior.
The student agrees to abide by all rules and regulations pertaining to Residence Life and Dining Services during the period covered by this agreement as outlined herein, and within the RISD Code of Student Conduct policies related to Residence Life available online at http://policies.risd.edu/student-life-policies/. This contact covers both Academic Year, and Summer Session programs. Certain provisions (where indicated) do not apply to students only living on campus in the summer.
Students do not need to submit a signed copy of this form. The act of submitting a housing application of any type, or the act of accepting entry to any residence facility, indicates acceptance of the terms of the Housing & Dining Contract.
For students living on campus during the Academic session (September – May), this contract is binding for the entire 2019-2020 academic year. The contract may be cancelled for the following reasons and corresponding fees:
Students who wish to arrive early, leave late, or stay over the holiday break (December 14 – January 1) may opt to do so following the guidelines below. Contract extensions cover housing only. There is no dining included in a housing contract extension, although Dining may at times offer additional meal blocks for extended housing days at a per day cost. More information regarding meal options is made available at the time of signup. Dining hours may be limited, please check the MyRISD app for details.
Continuing Education Summer Studies and Pre-College Students who need to make arrangements to arrive a day early must complete the Early Arrival form with a $70.00/night early arrival charge ($50 room charge + $20 for 2 meals at RISD Dining Venue.) The form and the fee must be faxed or hard mailed to the Continuing Education office. Residents participating in 2 week courses may be denied early arrival depending on room availability.
Academic Year Dining Plan requirements are based upon a student’s housing assignment and class year. The following rules apply to all on-campus residents:
The following are guidelines for Meal Plan appeal (where applicable).
At the discretion of the Director of Residence Life, permission may be granted for established Domestic/Long Term Partners of RISD students, or other individuals affiliated with the institution, to reside in designated housing as a Residential Guest. A Residential Guest is defined as a non-RISD affiliate with independent access to a residence facility. Unlike typical guests, who are granted access to RISD facilities through their host, Residential Guests may hold their own RISD issued key/ID card and may access approved facilities without an escort. No RISD student can be a Residential Guest.
Currently, Charles Landing one-bedroom private apartment units are the only locations where Residential Guests are permitted to live with students.
A Residential Guest fee of $1300 per semester is charged to the account of their RISD Student partner. Students must apply to have a Residential Guest through the Residence Life Office. Residential Guests who are granted permission to reside in RISD housing derive their right to occupancy from their student partner, and may continue to reside in RISD housing only as long as their student partner does so. Furthermore, all Residential Guests are subject to the terms and conditions of this contract, and must abide by all rules and regulations that apply to other student residents of RISD housing. Permission may be withdrawn at any time. The withdrawal of permission for a Residential Guest to live in RISD housing will not relieve the RISD student partner of their responsibilities under this housing contract.
If space allows, residents in double or triple rooms who find themselves with an empty bed in their room may pay to convert that double (or triple) room into a single (or double) room by paying for a “Vacancy Buyout”. This is allowed on a case-by-case basis when adequate space is available. The cost of a buyout is the price of a comparable single room + 4%. For example, a single in an Essential RISD room with Air Conditioning is $5,100 per semester (room only). To buyout a double room in an Essential RISD room, the price will be $5,100 plus $206 (4% of 5,100) which equals $5,306 per semester (+ meal plan). The total increase from living in an essential RISD double ($4,075 per semester) is $1,231 per semester. Similar increases will be seen in other room types. The extra cost over a single covers the additional space and furniture provided in a double room versus a typical single room. Buyout charges added mid-semester or mid-year are pro-rated based upon the time. In the event that a buyout space is needed to be used due to overcrowding or for emergency housing, a full refund of the buyout cost difference will be issued for the entire semester. The charge for students in triple rooms buying out the third bed will be split between the remaining residents equally unless one resident requests to pay a higher share and coordinates this directly with Residence Life. Students may only buyout a space at defined times at the beginning or end of each semester, or within 7 days of a roommate moving out. No buyouts will be accepted in cases where a student is attempting to move into a vacancy and the buyout is being used to block that relocation. Buyouts are not accepted when there is a waiting list for the type of room attempting to be bought out.
Any student who has a documented medical, psychological or disability related condition(s) may apply for a housing accommodation. The submitted request and supporting documentation are reviewed carefully on a case by case basis by the Medical Accommodation Committee. Documentation consists of a written evaluation by an appropriate professional (not a relative of the student) that explains the nature of the condition and why the condition results in a need for housing accommodation(s). Students must complete all forms in entirety and submit them along with the necessary documentation each academic year before the deadline, prior to room selection, or soon after identifying the need (based on date of diagnosis, change in status, etc.) to the Residence Life Office. Part of the committee’s consideration is the written documentation by the treating professional. A follow-up conversation with the student and the treating professional by a member of the Health Services and/or Counseling staff may be necessary in some instances. Residence Life and RISD cannot guarantee that students will be provided their preferred accommodation choices, but if a student’s preferred choice is not granted, then RISD will provide equally effective alternatives subject to limitations as outlined in the Student Handbook or online at http://www.risd.edu/Students/Wellness/Disability_Support/.
Given that the health and wellbeing of our community are profoundly important, RISD takes special care to honor the dietary needs and customs of individual students. Specific medical accommodation requests should be addressed first with Disability Support Services via email, email@example.com.
After informing Disability Support Services, exception requests would be submitted to the Menu Manager, Maureen Young via email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Medical accommodation related to meal plans must have accompanying professional documentation sent to Health Services, email@example.com. Please note that documentation does not guarantee cancellation, RISD Dining strives to work with students to ensure that they can participate in the communal dining program to enrich their student experience.
Students with medical documentation supporting their need for an Emotional Support, Therapy, or Service Animal may be allowed to have such an animal in RISD Housing Facilities if the following conditions are met: 1) The student must have approved medical documentation supporting both their need for the animal, and their need to live in a location where animals are not typically permitted, 2) The animal and owner must comply with the conditions outlined in the Residential Animal Policy, 3) All room/suitemates must sign an agreement to live with the animal. Not all RISD housing is suitable to animal care, and as such, RISD reserves the right to relocate students to ensure the health and safety of the overall residential community, residential animals, and owners. Students without documented need for an animal but who desire to have a pet should consider seeking housing in Charles Landing which is pet friendly (but still requires proper documentation and an approved registration).
As stated by law, only service animals (dogs or miniature horses) are allowed in dining facilities on campus, and must be escorted by the student at all times. Students may not bring support or therapy animals into venues and will be asked to remove the animal if present.
For further explanation of the rules and regulations stated above, consult the Student handbook or contact Dining Services at (401) 454‐6360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further explanation of the rules and regulations stated above, consult the student code of conduct or contact the Residence Life Office at (401) 454-6650 or email@example.com.