Product Design Restart Plan

Room Capacity

Admin Suite (3, Director, Administrative Assistant, 1 guest)
Conference Room (4, seated at the corners of the rectangular conference table)
Faculty Offices (1, Meetings with students are encouraged only in open spaces)
First Floor Classroom (15, 14 students and 1 faculty member. Extra seats should be removed and door wall should stay open during class)
RIDI Dream Labs (8, 6 students per lab, 1 faculty member, 1 Shop Technician)
First Floor Gallery (5, 2 students at quartz table, 3 at coffee tables, extra seats removed)
Third Floor Classroom (13, 12 students and 1 faculty member. Extra seats should be removed)
Third Floor Public Tables (Extra seats that don’t allow social distancing should be removed)
Third Floor Student Studios (Studios should each operate at 50% capacity)
Third Floor Light Prototyping Space (3, 2 students and 1 faculty member)

Studio Access

Each student studio will be limited to 50% capacity. Product Design students will no longer have 24-hour access to the third-floor student studio space, leaving time for custodial sanitation from 5-8 a.m.

Access hours will be staggered and seating arrangements will be in a sophomore/junior checkerboard pattern in the sophomore and junior studios to allow students additional space between users. This will allow each class to meet with all 24 students, which cannot happen in the classrooms due to size. The seniors, who spend the most time in the studio, will not share their studio, but will still sit in a checkerboard pattern to maximize space between students. Students who live together will be encouraged to sit near each other. Faculty are encouraged to stagger assignment due dates according to the staggered studio schedule. Access to the studio will be limited and controlled through the ID card swipe system, and maintained by Shop Supervisor John Whiteman. Students can also access most of the computer software remotely, via VPN.


All surfaces should be wiped down and sanitized as often as possible. Students and faculty will sanitize classroom and studio surfaces when entering or leaving, if necessary. Vinyl gloves should be available near any high-touch area such as the Material Resource Area. Students will be asked to keep personal items in plastic totes instead of on desks so the desks can be more easily cleaned by the custodial staff.

DREAM Lab Policies

RIDI will keep a log for students to reserve shop time due to capacity limits. This will require students to think ahead and make good use of open shop hours. We will also offer to check out opportunities for tools so students can work remotely more often. Students will wear N-95 respirators in the shop when producing dust and can wear their own masks when not producing dust. All students who take a class requiring shop work will be assigned a N95 respirator at the beginning of the semester. The Light Prototyping Lab will have additional capabilities to allow students to work after work hours.

Course Delivery Methods


Form and Space / ART 1080 (Online, decision made by foundations area)
Product Design 4 / ART 4650 (In-person, due to the small class sizes of 13 and 9 students)


Form and Space / ART 1080 (Online, decision made by foundations area)
Drawing for Design / ART 1610 (In-person, with students scattered across two studios)


Product Design 3 / ART 3620 (In-person, with students scattered across two studios)

Office Hours

Product design faculty will offer office hours through video conferencing or in large, open spaces like the DREAM Lab or the student studio space. Faculty offices are too small for comfortable social distancing.


Product design faculty and staff meetings will meet via video conference unless necessary. Meetings with corporate partners and the RIDI Industry Advisory Board will happen offsite or through video conference. Corporate and community events hosted in the space are cancelled for the 2020-2021 academic year.


Student compliance issues will be reported to the RIDI Director and a written record will be kept detailing the time, date, issue, and resolution. Students who put the safety of others at risk will be asked to leave the premises and in extreme cases, lose their student studio and DREAM Lab privileges.


Reasonable accommodation will be made for students with special needs due to COVID-19. It is recommended that in-person courses are video recorded or video-conferenced to assist students who cannot make it to class due to COVID-19 testing, contract tracing, or illness.

Floor plans for social distancing

First floor floorplan, illustrating how many people can be in each space.

Studio floorplan, illustrating how many people can be in each space.