Title IX at RISD


RISD is committed to creating and providing a learning, living and working environment free from gender-based discrimination. Gender-based discrimination, including sexual misconduct, stalking and intimate partner violence, committed by members of our community, guests and visitors will not be tolerated. All members of our community, including guests and visitors, are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe on the rights of others.

RISD complies with all applicable state and federal statutes, including Title IX of the federal Higher Education Amendment of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex under any education program or activity receiving federal financial aid. Sexual assault and sexual harassment are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

Any student, faculty or staff member who has concerns about sexual discrimination, including any concerns pertaining to sexual misconduct, is encouraged to seek assistance from our coordinators (listed below).

Coordinators can provide information about resources for assistance and about options for addressing concerns. Those options may vary depending on the nature of the complaint, whether the complainant is a student, faculty or staff member, the wishes of the complainant regarding confidentiality, and whether the complainant prefers to proceed formally or informally. Together, these advisors play an integral role in fulfilling RISD’s commitment to provide a positive learning, teaching and working environment for the entire community.


Title IX Coordinator
Sydney Lake
Title IX Office
3rd floor, Office 353
20 Washington Place

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees
Elizabeth Rainone
Director, Employment + Employee Development
Human Resources Office, 3rd floor
20 Washington Place


Sexual Misconduct + Safety Task Force
Convened by President Somerson in the Fall of 2018, the Sexual Misconduct and Safety Task Force began meeting every other week beginning in November 2018. The Task Force was charged with reviewing the College’s provision of prevention, support and response process surrounding sexual misconduct and making recommendations to Cabinet by Spring 2019 to ensure RISD is providing a safe and supportive environment for all of our community members in addition to thorough, prompt and equitable responses to allegations of abuse.

The RISD Community is welcome to provide feedback here.