Emergency updates

UPDATED 2/17: 5:45 PM

We are monitoring the forecast for inclement weather this Thursday and Friday, Feb. 18-19. Heavy snow is expected for Thursday afternoon through Friday.  

To ensure the safety of our community, all classes will be remote starting at 2pm Thursday and all day on Friday. Classrooms and study spaces in the Unistructure, Quinlan/Brown Academic Innovation Center and Krupp Library will remain open for students who find it convenient to take remote classes in those locations. 

Essential employees should report to work on campus as scheduled for Thursday and Friday. All other employees should make plans to work remotely for the period of remote operations if not already doing so. Administrative offices will remain open with remote operations.  

During this period of remote instruction, students are asked to remain vigilant in adhering to public health guidelines for social gatherings, masking and social distance. Positive cases of COVID-19 are up across the country, particularly at universities in the Northeast. Bryant is no exception. Since students returned to campus we have begun to experience a rising positivity rate and because our contact tracing protocols are very thorough this has resulted in a significant number of quarantines. This is what our plans for the spring semester anticipated. Bryant’s cases of COVID-19 are still relatively low and we have sufficient space for the necessary quarantines. 

Out of an abundance of caution, starting on Monday, Feb. 22, we will transition to surveillance testing for all students twice each week. The increased testing frequency will continue until Monday, March 1, and a further decision will be made at that time. Nearly 30% of Bryant students, including commuters and student-athletes, are already being tested twice or three times each week. 

Due to the heavy snowfall expected to begin tomorrow, Bryant’s COVID-19 surveillance testing clinic in the MAC will close at 2pm on Thursday and reopen at Noon on Friday. Salmanson Dining Hall will have regular hours for Thursday evening and adjusted hours on Friday (Brunch 9am-2pm, Dinner 4:30-7:30pm). The Gulski Dining Room will close at 2pm on Thursday and remain closed on Friday. All other dining venues, including those in the Fisher Student Center, will have adjusted hours on Thursday and Friday as below. The Chace Fitness Center will be open regular hours on Thursday and Friday. 

Thursday  

Normal—Salmanson  Dinner 4:30-7:30 

Adjusted—Cafe Ala cart will close at 2:00 

Adjusted—Bello will close at 2:00 

Normal—Nick’s Place will close at 11:30 

Normal—Scoops will close at 11:00 

Normal–Fooda will close at 8:00 

Normal—Gulski will close at 2:00 

Friday 

Adjusted—Salmanson  Brunch 9:00–2:00 Dinner 4:30-7:30 

Adjusted—Cafe Ala cart will be closed 

Adjusted—Bello will be closed   

Normal—Nick’s Place will be 11:00 – 11:30 

Normal—Scoops will be 11:00-11:00 

Normal–Fooda will close at 8:00 

Adjusted—Gulski  closed   

COVID-19 and Bryant

We have moved the location of our COVID-19 reopening plans to covid.bryant.edu.