Contract 2017-2018

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN
2017-2018 Housing & Dining Contract

To print 2017-18 housing contract go to : 2017-2018 Housing and Dining Contract

RISD, as an artistic and academic community, intends https://risdhousing.com/2017/01/06/contract-17-18/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 Residence Life Handbook available online at http://www.risd.edu/Policies/Student_Life/.  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.

Contract Dates and Occupancy Periods

Student Type Summer Term Fall Semester Winter Session *** Spring Semester
First Year Students * Sun 9/3/17 – Sat 12/16/17 Mon 1/1/18 – Wed 2/7/18 Sat 2/10/18 – Sat 5/26/18
Transfer Students * Variable Sun 9/3/17 – Sat 12/16/17 Mon 1/1/18 – Wed 2/7/18 Sat 2/10/18 – Sat 5/26/18
Entering Graduate Students* Variable Sun 9/3/17 – Sat 12/16/17 Mon 1/1/18 – Wed 2/7/18 Sat 2/10/18 – Sat 5/26/18
Returning Students ** Variable Mon 9/4/17 – Sat 12/16/17 Mon 1/1/18 – Wed 2/7/18 Sat 2/10/18 – Sat 5/26/18
Graduating Students Variable Mon 9/4/17 – Sat 12/16/17 Mon 1/1/18 – Wed 2/7/18 Sat 2/10/18 – Sun 6/3/18
Continuing Education Students Variable By Request By Request By Request
* Some new students will be invited to participate in a pre-orientation program and may be invited to campus earlier depending upon the program.  **Returning students who wish to return to campus earlier than September 4 may request a Housing Contract Extension (outlined below).
***Winter Session room and board is included at no extra cost for students who live in housing for the Fall, Spring, or entire academic year.  Students requiring only Winter Session housing should contact the Residence Life office to inquire about Winter Session only pricing.  Students living on campus for Winter Session and Spring semester do not need to move out between 2/7 and 2/10.
Dining hours and options will vary during certain times of the year.  Meal swipes are not available during Thanksgiving Recess or Spring Break.  Dining Points may work during these periods.  See Dining Services for complete details.

Academic Year Contract Cancellation Policies

For students living on campus during the Academic session (September – May), this contract is binding for the entire 2017-2018 academic year.  The contract may be cancelled for the following reasons and corresponding fees:

Timeline / Cancellation Fee Cancellation Reasons
$0 A) Completion of degree requirements mid-year.
B) Notifying the Residence Life Office that they do not wish to participate in the housing selection process BEFORE being issued a Room Selection Timeslot or being assigned to a room by RLO.
C) Withdrawal from or taking an official leave of absence from RISD mid-semester/year (refund policy applies).
D) Participation in a RISD approved study abroad program along with notification to  Residence Life by August 1.
E) Cancellation of enrollment by newly accepted RISD students who have applied for housing and decided not to attend RISD (Note that application deposits are forfeited, but no additional fees are imposed).
$300 A) Cancellation of housing application after having received a lottery timeslot, but before selecting a room.
B) Participation in a RISD approved study abroad program with notification sent to and received by Residence Life after August 1.
Full Cancellation:

Before June 1: $750
June 1 – August 1: $1000
August 1 – Sep 1: $1500
After Sept 1: 50% of remaining cost

A)   Appeal to move off campus after housing is requested and a room has been assigned.

B)   Residency Waiver is granted for student to commute from home after having applied for housing.

C)   Release from the Housing Contract is granted for medical or financial reasons.

D)   A housing appeal is granted for any other reason.

Spring Only Cancellation:

Requested by Dec 1: $1000

After Dec 1: 50% of remaining cost for Spring

A)   Appeal to move off campus mid-year after living on campus in the fall.

B)   Residency Waiver is granted for student to commute from home after having lived on campus in the fall.

C)   A housing appeal for Spring Housing is granted for any other reason.

Cancellation Fee Notes: Fee is based upon date appeal is received, not decision date. Appeals are not guaranteed to be granted. For any student who leaves mid-semester, the RISD refund schedule applies to their semester charges.  Any student who is released from their contract for a study abroad program or leave of absence remains bound to the housing contract should they return to RISD before the end of the academic year.  In cases where a student cancels their contract mid-semester, meal plan refunds are handled per Dining Services and Student Accounts policies.

*All cancellation appeals can be made by emailing housing@risd.edu. IF Appeal is granted the date of the email will be used to determine the cancellation charge.

Academic Year Housing Contract Extensions

Students who wish to arrive early, leave late, or stay over the holiday break (December 17 – January 1) may opt to do so following the guidelines below.  Contract extensions are for housing only.  There is no meal plan included in a housing contract extension.  Dining points may work during extension periods but RISD Dining options may be limited or unavailable.

Early Arrival or Late Departure Request
Date Request Submitted Daily Extension Cost
Prior to 2 weeks before your scheduled opening/closing date $35 per night
7-13 days before your scheduled opening/closing date $50 per night
2-6 days before your scheduled opening/closing date $75 per night
Students who arrive on campus unannounced requesting key $100 per night
Students found in the halls without permission $150 per night
Students who request an extension and then cancel that request must do so more than 1 week prior to opening/closing to avoid being charged the requested fee. No refund will be issued for students who cancel their request less than 1 week in advance. Students arriving early or staying late should understand that food and other services will not be available during their extended stay. In the event of severe weather RISD may adjust opening and/or closing dates as is determined necessary by the school.
Partial or Entire Winter/Holiday Break Housing Request
Request Type Date Request Submitted Price Per Day / Total Break Price
Partial / Entire Break On/before December 1, 2017 $35 per night / $400 for entire break
Partial / Entire Break After December 1, 2017 $50 per night / $500 for entire break
Charles Landing Resident Full/Partial Break On/before December 1, 2017 $0 per night/$0 for entire break
when requested by Dec. 1
Charles Landing Resident Full/Partial Break After December 1, 2017 $50 flat fee

Continuing Education Summer Studies and Pre-College Early Arrival Policy

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 $50.00/night early arrival charge. 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 Plans

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:

Student Type Available Meal Plans
Essential RISD and Suite Experience Rooms Apartment Experience Rooms*
First Year Students Foundation Plan Foundation, Residential, Flex 7-60, or Flex 5-40 Plan
Transfer Students Foundation or Residential Experience Plan Foundation, Residential, Flex 7-60, or Flex 5-40 Plan
Sophomore Students Foundation or Residential Experience Plan Foundation, Residential, Flex 7-60, or Flex 5-40 Plan
Junior Students Foundation or Residential Experience Plan Foundation, Residential, Flex 7-60, or Flex 5-40 Plan
Senior Students Foundation or Residential Experience Plan Any or no meal plan
5TH Year Students Foundation or Residential Experience Plan Any or no meal plan
Graduate Students Foundation or Residential Experience Plan Any or no meal plan
* All Apartment Experience rooms come with the Flex 7-60 meal plan included.  The selection of other plans will adjust the total room and board package price.
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