2019-2020 Catalog

Campus Life - Undergraduate

Child Care—Cooperative Preschool

The Cooperative Preschool is a campus organization sponsored by Student Community Government. Through the cooperative involvement of parents, the co-op provides an affordable, reliable, high-quality preschool program for children ages three to five. To participate in the co-op, children must be toilet trained and be three years of age by August 31. Students, staff and faculty of Rhode Island College are eligible to enroll their children. Children of students are given first priority.

Children are enrolled full-time, regardless of the number of hours they attend. The school is DCYF licensed and employs a certified teacher and work-study students. The co-op also participates in Brightstars, a preschool quality-rating and improvement system. The curriculum is aligned with the Rhode Island Early Learning domains.

In addition to paying monthly tuition, parents work designated hours, attend monthly meetings and participate in the running of the co-op.

The co-op is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the academic year. Use of the co-op is limited to those hours in which the parent is performing college related activities, such as attending

class, doing research, student teaching, etc.

For more information, stop by the co-op during hours of operation or access information and registration forms at: www.ric.edu/cooperativepreschool/.

Counseling Center

The principal aim of the Counseling Center is to help students grow, develop and succeed during their college years. A professional staff of psychologists, counselors and doctoral students in counseling or clinical psychology provide individual and group counseling to students who seek help with emotional or social challenges, academic difficulties or educational and career planning. Assessment of vocational interest and personal characteristics is available as needed. The center also offers groups and workshops on personal development matters, such as stress management and procrastination. Although friends or faculty may encourage individual students to utilize counseling, it is entirely voluntary, and most students make the decision on their own initiative. Counseling Center services are strictly confidential and are provided to any current Rhode Island College students without charge.

Dining Services

Rhode Island College's Dining Services is dedicated to exceeding the food, beverage and service expectations of our diverse community. Dining Services provides a variety of quality products expertly prepared, professionally served and enjoyed in comfortable, relaxing settings.

Commuters, residents, faculty and staff are welcome at all dining locations. These include the Donovan Dining Center, The Café and The Galley Café, which is located on the east campus. All guests can purchase their favorite food or drinks using cash or debit/credit cards. Resident students will select one of four meal plan options and use it to make purchases from the three locations. Meal plans are also available for commuter students as well as faculty and staff.

Additionally, we are able to offer Nutrition Services to the campus community. Our registered, licensed dietician is available to meet with students to address dietary needs, discuss healthy eating habits and answer any related questions.

The full Dining Services website is available at www.ric.edu/collegedining.

Health Services

Health Services, located on the ground floor of Browne Hall, provides confidential, primary health care to all students. Care includes physical examinations, immunizations, treatment of acute and chronic illnesses and injuries, gynecological exams, health education and, if necessary, specialty referral. On-site laboratory services include blood and urine tests, throat cultures and pregnancy testing. Health Services is open year-round and is staffed by nurse practitioners, registered nurses and a part-time physician. Visits are available by appointment.

Rhode Island College offers Student Health and Accident Insurance to any student taking a minimum of 6 credit hours. Information about this policy is available at www.universityhealthplans.com.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Rhode Island College sponsors 21 varsity sports through the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Seven team sports are offered in the fall, seven team sports during the winter and seven during the spring.

Men’s teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, indoor track, outdoor track, soccer, tennis and wrestling. Women’s teams compete in basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, indoor track, lacrosse, outdoor track, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Participation is open to qualified undergraduate degree candidates who are enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours of courses as well as other NCAA and institutional requirements.

The college’s intercollegiate athletic facility, The Murray Center, features practice and competition sites for basketball, gymnastics and volleyball. In addition, there are team and general locker rooms, a fully equipped training/rehabilitation room, an equipment area, a weighttraining facility, offices and classrooms, team meeting rooms and the Athletic Hall of Fame. Additional facilities include Pontarelli Field (baseball); the Bazar softball complex; competitive tennis courts; the Black Track complex, including a 4,000-seat outdoor competitive venue; a five-acre practice complex; and the Student-Athlete Success Center. For additional and the most up-to-date information on the intercollegiate athletic program, visit www.goanchormen.com.

Rhode Island College is a proud member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association, and is a charter member of the Little East Conference, which sponsors conference championships in men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis and track; and in women’s basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and volleyball. The Little East Conference includes Plymouth State University, University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), University of Massachusetts (Boston), Eastern Connecticut State University, University of Southern Maine, Western Connecticut State University, Keene State College and Castleton University.

Interfaith Services Center

Rhode Island College Interfaith Services is a component of the Unity Center that endeavors to support the spiritual growth of the Rhode Island College community regardless of religious history/affiliation, cultural background or personal circumstance. Interfaith Services strives to foster appreciation, understanding and respect for religious choice; provide opportunities for prayer, worship and meditation; support faith-based student groups; encourage spiritual exploration and promote volunteerism both on- and off-campus. Interfaith services maintains a meditation room located in the Unity Center that can be reserved for members of the RIC community. Contact us at the Unity Center at (401) 456-8168.

International Students Office

The International Student Office (ISO) is a component of the Unity Center in the division for Community, Equity and Diversity at Rhode Island College. The ISO mission is to support the institution’s internationalization effort and to facilitate and enhance the academic experiences of undergraduate and graduate international students. ISO serves as the main resource hub of support to international students (both newly admitted and current) by providing one-on-one advising services with respect to admission requirements, immigration and visa procedures, work permits, orientation, and cultural adjustment and transition into the greater New England community. The office also supports student success by hosting social and educational activities. The ISO is located in the Unity Center (lower level of the Donovan Dining Center). For more information, please visit: www.ric.edu/iss.

LGBTQ+ Office

The LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning) Office is a component of the Unity Center in the division for Community, Equity and Diversity at Rhode Island College. The office advocates for the various concerns, both academic and personal, of the LGBTQ+ campus community and its allies. Its mission is to integrate the best practices for inclusion of gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation into all appropriate aspects of campus life. The LGBTQ+ staff assists students with processes relevant to preferred names and documentation, and engages campus constituents in understanding and implementing practices that promote safety and affirmation. In collaboration with other LGBTQ organizations within Providence and greater Rhode Island, this office works to ensure that state and federal protections provided to students, faculty, and staff including but not limited to: Title IX, hate crime and non-discrimination ordinances, are upheld to the highest level. The LGBTQ+ Office is located in the Unity Center (lower level of the Donovan Dining Center. Visit the website at www.ric.edu/lgbtq.

Military Resource Center

The Military Resource Center serves as a bridge between off-campus services and on-campus services for military service members, veterans and their families. The VetSuccess on Campus program is located in the center. Students receive information and assistance in accessing educational benefits, exploring career options and locating other important services at Rhode Island College.

Recreational and Club Sports

A completely renovated recreation center opened in the fall semester of 2012. The complex is home to all recreational programming, including intramurals and club sports. The center and its programs are available to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. The facility is also available to faculty, staff, alumni and the community on a membership-fee basis. For a complete list of activities and hours, which change each semester, visit www.goanchormen.com.

The 80,000-square-foot facility includes a five-lane, 25-yard, L-shaped swimming pool; a five-lane, 1/10-mile indoor track; three multi-use courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis; a fitness center, including cardio and strength areas; a student lounge complete with WiFi and cable television; new locker room facilities; a multimedia room; a wrestling facility adaptable for other events; a multi-use studio for aerobics and yoga with "fitness on demand" available during all operating hours; offices for coaches; and a suite to host fundraising-related initiatives. The Club Sport Program currently includes the following established club sport opportunities: men's ice hockey, women's equestrian, ultimate frisbee and men's volleyball. For more updated information, or if you are interested in starting a club sport, go to www.goanchormen.com.

Office of Residential Life and Housing

On-campus housing is available for undergraduate students and graduate students. Six residence halls—Browne, Thorp, Weber, Willard, Sweet and Penfield Hall—provide accommodations for 1,196 men and women. Browne, Thorp and Weber Halls are designed with suites of eight to twelve single rooms adjacent to a study-lounge area. Sweet and Willard Halls feature double-occupancy rooms, with a select number of single rooms. Sweet Hall is built along more traditional lines, with rooms on either side of the corridors. Each hall has a common lounge area and laundry, and each room is furnished with a bed, desk and closet. Penfield Hall provides suite-style living for four, with either single or double bedrooms. A portion of Penfield Hall suites have apartment-style features, with breakfast counters and full-size refrigerators.

The Office of Residential Life and Housing also maintains a listing of off-campus housing; however, it does not guarantee the suitability or availability of such housing.

The fees given below are for the 2019–2020 academic year. Because of rising costs, the Rhode Island Board of Education reserves the right to change fees without notice as conditions necessitate.

Room Fees

Hall Room Type Cost Per Year
Browne Single $7,016
Super Single
Thorp Single $7,016
Weber Single $7,016
Willard Single $7,016
Willard Super Single $7,717
Willard Double $7,214
Sweet Double and Triple $7,372
Penfield Hall Single, Suite Style $7,717
Penfield Hall Single, Apartment Style $8,205
Penfield Hall Double, Suite Style $7,477
Penfield Hall Double, Apartment Style $7,958

Rooms are contracted on a yearly basis. All students are required to pay a non-refundable housing deposit of $250, which is a prepayment towards the 2019-20 room fees. Since on-campus housing is limited, approximately 50 percent of the spaces are reserved for new students.

Residence halls open at the beginning of each semester and close at the end of each semester in December and May and during Spring Break. Residents are expected to secure alternate housing accommodations during scheduled breaks.

Board Fees

Students choosing to live on campus are required to purchase one of four available Meal Plans. Each Meal Plan includes a set number of meals per week, as well as, Guest Passes and Bonus Dollars that can be used throughout the semester. All meals and Guest Passes are redeemable at Donovan Dining Center. Bonus Dollars may be used at Donovan Dining Center, the Café, or the Galley at any time.

Meal Plan

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Guest Passes Per Semester

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Room Refunds

The Housing Contract is an annual contract that covers both the fall and spring semesters.

Students wishing to cancel the housing contract will be automatically released as long as their cancellation request is received by August 1. Students who are released will forfeit their $250 housing deposit.

Students who will be new to housing for the spring semester and wish to cancel their housing contract will be automatically released as long as their cancellation request is received by December 1. Students who are released will forfeit their housing deposit.

Board Refunds

The board contract is binding upon the student until the end of the academic year during which the cancellation is effected. However, proration of the food-cost portion of the Meal Plan contract will result in a refund based on the week when dining services is officially notified of withdrawal.

Security and Safety, Office of

The Office of Security and Safety provides 24-hour service to the campus community in the areas of law enforcement, security and personal safety, fire safety and right-to-know laws. The office is also responsible for the enforcement of all laws and regulations that apply to campus life, including those of the Rhode Island Board of Education and federal and state statutes. Information regarding security and safety, campus police, parking, traffic regulations and vehicle registration is available in the security department or on the college website at www.ric.edu.

The Office of Security and Safety also provides a variety of crime prevention materials and a 24-hour escort service for students, faculty and staff. This service is available by calling extension 8201 or by pushing the escort button on the Blue Light Emergency Phones (for the location of these phones see Campus Map).

Student Activities

The Rhode Island College Office of Student Activities provides involvement opportunities for students. There is a wide array of possibilities for all students to make the most of their college investment beyond the classroom, including campus events, student organizations, Greek Life, student organizations, and community service. Students who are engaged meet more people, learn new things, and develop a sense of belonging at RIC. Visit our website for more information and a list of events we are hosting at ric.edu/student-activities/.

Student Community Government

As the official voice of the student body, Student Community Government is concerned with student rights and responsibilities and the enhancement of educational, cultural and social opportunities for students.

Although primarily undergraduate in membership, Student Parliament, the main body of Student Community government, includes representatives from almost all areas of the college. A Finance Commission, composed of parliament and non-parliament members, allocates funds from the student activity fee to support various student organizations and activities on campus.

Student ID Card

The student ID is more than your official Rhode Island College photo identification card. It is a great way to pay for everything including food, beverages, photocopies, laundry, printing, and textbooks at the Bookstore. You can add value to your campus points account at the Student ID office with a credit card. You can also add value using cash at either of the two Value Port stations; located at Adams Library behind the reference desk and at the lower entrance of Browne Hall. Your student ID accounts can be managed using GET Funds. Point your browser to https://get.cbord.com/ric and register your account. Additionally, your ID card has some important non-debit uses as well. It serves as your meal card when you sign up for a meal plan, your door key for entrance to your residence halls, your Adams Library card, and your ID for entrance into the Recreation Center.
The ID card consists of 3 accounts:

  1. The meal plan account for Donovan Dining Center and the café, (Board, Guest Passes, and Bonus Dollars).

  2. The Campus Points account for use at all locations where points are accepted (DDC, café, Bookstore, Student Union game room, many copiers, laundry facilities in the Residence Halls, and pay-for-print stations in the café and Adams Library).

  3. DDC commuter points (DDC points). This account is useful if you would like to designate funds for food only.

Your first ID card is free and can be obtained by coming to the Student ID office located on the second floor of the Student Union. Call 401.456.8394, email studentid@ric.edu, or visit www.ric.edu/student-ID for more information.

Student Involvement Programs

Students can participate in a wide variety of cultural activities, leadership programs, and events at Rhode Island College. These opportunities include open mic performances at the Café, Diversity Week presentations, student plays and concerts in the Nazarian Center, art exhibits at the Bannister and Chazan Family Galleries, lectures from world renown public figures, performances by comedians and musicians, and an array of cultural celebrations. There are academic-based exhibition and performance opportunities and a host of student groups in which students participate in ways best suited to their interests, from audience members to directors. Many of these activities and events are free or discounted for students. Whatever your interest or passion, there is a way for you to participate.

Student Life, Office of

The Office of Student Life provides assistance to students regarding personal issues, such as absences due to illness or family matters, withdrawing from the college for a semester or permanently, disagreements with other students or college personnel and health and safety concerns. The Office of Student Life also publishes the Student Handbook (see www.ric.edu/studentlife/Pages/handbook.aspx), which provides specific policies and procedures related to student conduct.

Student Union

The Student Union facility consists of the Student Union and Ducey Media Center. As its mission states, it is “more than a building, but also an organization and a program which complements the academic experience and contributes to student success.” In addition to Student Activities and events, departments and services include Student ID office, Student Information Center, Bookstore, Game Room, the Café, Student Community Government and a variety of other student organization offices. The Student Union further includes groups located in the Ducey Media Center: The Anchor (student newspaper), Anchor TV and WXIN Radio.

Unity Center

The Unity Center is a Rhode Island College intercultural services center and a department of the division for Community, Equity and Diversity (CED). The Unity Center is comprised of the leadership and activities of the Women’s Center, the LGBTQ+ Office, the International Student Office and Interfaith Services. Its mission is to promote educational equity, academic excellence and involvement in campus life to all students through collaborative programming and fostering connections among its student affiliates, faculty, staff and the wider community. The center seeks to increase inter-group connections and dialogue by providing a safe forum for exploring issues pertaining to diversity, inclusion and social justice. The Unity Center offers information and referrals, a computer work stations, a student lounge, conference room, lending library and student employment opportunities. The International Student Office and the LGBTQ+ Offices are both located in the Unity Center and adjacent to the Women’s Center on the lower level of the Donovan Dining Center easily accessible from the campus quad. Visit our web page at www.ric.edu/unitycenter and like Rhode Island College Unity Center on Facebook.

Women’s Center

The mission of the Women’s Center is to cultivate a campus culture that fosters the advancement of women and inspires RIC students to discover and embrace their full potential. The Center collaborates with related campus and community organizations on various projects to promote campus awareness and understanding through advocacy and education. It also provides a clearinghouse of information related to women's history, health and progress. The Women’s Center connects and supports RIC students through confidential referrals to existing campus and local resources. We are located in the lower level of the dining center.