COVID-19 and RISD

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Answers for Faculty

It may be a brave new world for teaching right now, but it’s our mission to help you succeed.

All faculty should have a plan for remote teaching by Monday, March 23 and communicate their plan to students before Monday, March 30. All communication with students should be conducted remotely. Students will undoubtedly have a lot of questions about course methods and expectations, which you should address together.

  • Faculty access to shops, studios, and offices remains unchanged.
  • Staff access to shops, studios, and offices remains unchanged.
  • Student access to academic facilities was deactivated at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 17.
  • All meetings should be conducted remotely.

No. In order to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and reduce public health risks, we are asking all teaching and learning to be conducted remotely. Your cooperation will help protect the health of the community.

No. In order to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and reduce public health and institutional risks, we are asking all teaching and learning to be conducted remotely. Your cooperation will help protect the health of the community.

Yes. The Provost’s Office has been working with departments directly to identify students in need and will provide laptops to them. If a student reports not having Internet access or a laptop/computer off-campus, please inform your dean.

A Quick Response Team for Remote Teaching Strategies will provide coaching for remote teaching; email research@risd.edu. Faculty should contact RISD ITS for technical assistance, including issues related to VPN, platform licensing, or compliance.

Faculty should adopt asynchronous activity online, when possible, to accommodate students in different time zones.

Yes. The Office of the Provost will continue to keep faculty and students aware of any critical issues or changes during the rest of the semester.

Because of the changing environment, we will no longer be making mail runs to departments. All department mail and small packages will remain in the mailroom for pickup during our operating hours. If you do not wish to come into the building, we are offering curbside pickup at the 10 Steeple Street entrance. Please contact Denise Scollo (dscollo@risd.edu) to schedule a time for pickup. We will be offering this service M-F from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Large packages that would normally be delivered by Kevin will still be delivered to your department 2-3 times per week. He will be leaving your packages in a safe and secure location at your department. Due to limited hours, please be mindful and understanding of our 72 hour delivery time. If your department will be closing, please inform us at mailroom@risd.edu so we know to hold your items. We will also continue to make daily runs to the post office so all packages and items will be shipped out as usual.

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8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Closed during weekends.

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