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.

Institutional Discrimination Officer + Title IX Coordinator
Sydney Lake
Title IX Office
3rd floor, Office 353
20 Washington Place

Director, Institutional Discrimination +Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Simone Tubman
Title IX Office
3rd floor, Office 352
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 and Safety Task Force
In the fall of 2018, President Somerson assembled a Sexual Misconduct and Safety Task Force to review our provision of prevention, support and response processes surrounding sexual misconduct on campus. The Task Force delivered a comprehensive report in May of 2019, which senior leadership reviewed over the summer. In direct response to the recommendations, RISD will create a standing Title IX Oversight Committee consisting of a diverse group of faculty, staff and students to immediately implement the recommendations of the report. Long term, this committee will provide guidance around campus culture, changes in governmental legislation, and best practices around communication, process and training.

The complete report can be viewed here.

2020 Federal Regulations
RISD’s Title IX Office has been trained on the 2020 Federal Regulations, a copy of the training materials can be found here:

2020 Regulations Training