RISD’s primary concern is for the health and safety of its students and other members of the RISD community. If you believe you have a been a victim of sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence or stalking, we encourage you to come forward. You have the right to file reports both on and off campus. For example, you can file a report with a Title IX Coordinator and also the Providence Police.
Any allegation of sexual misconduct brought against a RISD student or employee, regardless of where the alleged sexual misconduct occurred, will be taken seriously. Sexual misconduct alleged to have occurred off the RISD campus may be more difficult to investigate. If a person who is not a member of the RISD community notifies RISD of alleged sexual misconduct by a RISD student or employee, RISD will determine whether the conduct described is a sufficient risk to the safety of the RISD community to review further. Except in those cases where the complainant has contacted a strictly confidential resource, RISD will conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation and will take appropriate measures to terminate the misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.
Students are encouraged to report sexual misconduct, including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual exploitation and hostile environment, that is perpetrated against them or other members of the RISD community. Students have numerous options for reporting and obtaining support. For information about reporting, campus resources, and grievance procedures, contact a Title IX Coordinator in person or via email.
There are several options available to raise a complaint. Individuals who wish to inform RISD of a case of sexual misconduct may report an incident by contacting the following:
Reports May Be Made:
Against a Student: An individual can elect to pursue a report against another student with the offices listed below. An investigation will be conducted by a Title IX Investigator. If the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students decides that a hearing is appropriate after review of the complaint and investigative report, a formal hearing will be scheduled.
Against an Employee: An individual student can elect to file a report against a RISD staff or faculty member with a Title IX Coordinator or with Human Resources.
Against a Non-RISD Community Member: An individual student can elect to file a report against someone who is not affiliated with the institution.
If You Are Not Ready to File a Report
The Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students at RISD can assist with a variety of measures including a no contact order, academic support, and housing accommodations, whether or not there is a formal complaint filed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance or more information.
Good Samaritan Provision
It is in the best interests of this community that as many victims as possible choose to report to RISD officials. To encourage reporting incidents of sexual misconduct, RISD pursues a procedure of offering victims of sexual misconduct limited immunity from being charged for policy violations related to the sexual misconduct incident.
While an investigation or grievance proceeding is pending, RISD will take interim measures and determine what is appropriate under the circumstances to assist or protect persons who were or may have been subjected to sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, or stalking, as well as to protect the RISD community from the misconduct reoccurring. Interim measures may include, for example, changing the living arrangements, class schedule, or work schedule of the complainant or respondent. During any stage of the investigation, if RISD reasonably suspects that a respondent poses a threat of harm or disruption to the campus community, RISD may take immediate action, including removing a respondent from housing, restricting the respondent’s movement on campus, and/or temporarily suspending the respondent from RISD. Interim measures may also include offering the complainant and respondent counseling, health care, academic support, or other resources.