Mar. 5, 2020: COVID-19 Update

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Dear faculty, staff and students,

In light of the global spread of the COVID-19 virus and out of concern for the health and safety of members of our community, Rhode Island School of Design is suspending all RISD-sponsored international travel, for faculty, staff, and students, for the rest of the spring semester. RISD-sponsored domestic travel is still permitted at this time, with caution and consideration of CDC guidelines.

We also strongly discourage personal international travel, including travel on spring break. If you decide to travel, be aware that you may be subject to governmental travel restrictions with little or no notice, and airlines may limit or cancel flights without warning. Keep in mind that you may be subject to any new restrictions in place at the time of your return, not only those at the time of departure.

This expansion of RISD’s travel restrictions is not taken lightly and is based on a thorough review of the potential risks currently involved in international travel. It follows similar decisions by other colleges and universities–including Columbia University, NYU, and Boston University–over the past two days. We are aware of the many challenges that it will create for departments and individuals at this time in the semester. Please contact the Office of the Provost and/or Student Affairs to discuss specific questions or concerns.

We appreciate your continued cooperation and patience as we respond to changing conditions having to do with the virus outbreak. Please remember to check for the latest updates and information on RISD’s planning for COVID-19.


David R. Proulx
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration
Rhode Island School of Design

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