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.

Title IX Coordinator
Sarah Caggiano
Special Assistant to the COO + Director of Title IX Compliance
20 Washington Place, room 435

Deputy Title IX Coordinator (employees)
Elizabeth Rainone
Director, Employment + Employee Development
Human Resources Office, 3rd floor
20 Washington Place

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
Sydney Lake
Carr House, room 304

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and at RISD we encourage you to participate in the following programs and events:

April 9
90 minute Pranayama workshop (Yogic breathing training)
& 90 minute Kirtan (chanting/concert) with Vegan Snacks and Tea
Kundalini yoga uses a combination of breath, sound current, and posture to facilitate emotional balance and a neutral mind within the practitioner. This practice provides students with tools to diffuse anxiety and reduce stress by taking control of and focusing on their breath, and would give students a much needed opportunity to relax, process, and heal from whatever they are facing.
1:00-4:00 pm College Building – Old Library
Sponsored by RISD Yogis and The Wellness Task Force

April 12
Discussion on Sex in Media, how media often becomes a form of sex education,
as well as the differential treatment of sex and violence in media.
9:40am-12:40pm Ewing House
Hosted by Faculty Member Jennifer Prewitt- Freilino

April 13
RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Class
5:00-8:00pm Brown OMAC dance studio
Hosted by RISD Public Safety and Brown University Police

April 17
Day One 5K Run/Walk to End Sexual Violence
10:00 a.m. start Brown University Athletic Stadium
Students can register for FREE in CSI
Stop by from 9:00-4:00 Monday-Friday
Sponsored by RIXD RISD Title IX Initiative

April 19
GI Chat: Porn and Sex Industries
6:30- 7:30 pm Carr House Conference Room
Hosted by Global Initiatives

April 20
RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Class
5:00-8:00pm Brown OMAC dance studio
Hosted by RISD Public Safety and Brown University Police

April 26
Sexual Misconduct Online Module Critique
This fall our campus community will be participating in an online training regarding Sexual Misconduct Policies and Bystander Intervention. As we customize this program for our RISD community we are opening up the critique for students to offer feedback and make changes so we have a tailor fit to the needs of our population.
7:00-8:00 pm Design Center 408
Hosted by Residence Life

April 29
Discussion: What happens if I report?
An open discussion with the Director of Title IX Compliance, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students and RISD’s General Counsel regarding what happens when students report. Exploring options, process and procedures for sexual misconduct cases on campus.
1:00-2:00 pm Ewing House
Hosted by RISD Title IX and General Counsel

May 1
Bystander Intervention Training
Have you ever seen or heard about relationship violence and thought– I wish someone had done something to stop that before it happened? RISD SHARE is offering the opportunity to attend their Sexual Violence Prevention Training. Attend and learn ways that you can intervene to make our campus community a safer place.
1:30-3:00 pm ProvWash 302
Hosted by SHARE (Sexual Health and Relationship Educators)

For more information on any of these events
contact: Sydney Lake slake@risd.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students