Even though Providence is a city, most students feel safe while they’re on campus and the immediate surrounding areas. The blue-light emergency phones, Public Safety officers’ patrols, strict building access, and the RISD Rides system keep the feeling of on-campus safety high. The RISD Rides shuttle service runs from the 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., and it will take students from a residence to campus or campus to residence. Students who live on campus may catch the shuttle during its regular stops along a fixed route, and students living off campus may call for a specific pickup and will be reached within 15 minutes. While it is still being improved and refined, RISD Rides is not completely satisfactory. There is a route that the shuttle adheres to which circumnavigates the area in which most students live, but there are students who live outside of this area who have been left out of the loop.
While most students feel safe on campus, they also have had some conflict with the officers who carry out this objective. It is to be expected that such figures of authority may rub students the wrong way from time to time. Often, these run-ins have to do with officers who are trying to close studio buildings while students are trying to stay and finish their work. However, representatives of Public Safety often communicate with student groups to find out how they may better protect the student community. A policy in which individual Public Safety officers are assigned to each student house is an effort not to police students, but to increase communication and improve relations.