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FAQ for international students and families

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When am I expected to arrive on campus? 

Sunday, August 2 – Wednesday, August 5: New international students who are subject to quarantine and are attending 4MILE@bryant move in starting August 2 and begin self-quarantine on campus.

August 9: Returning students who are subject to quarantine according to the RI Department of Health start moving in.  If needed, returning students can arrive as early as August 5. As of June 10, the State of RI requires a 14-day quarantine for:

  • Students who arrive from a location outside of the 50 U.S. states or the District of Columbia
  • Students entering Rhode Island from an area still under stay-at-home order or another similar type of restriction.

August 19: New students who are not subject to quarantine move in.

August 23: Returning students who fall into one of these following categories move in. I

  • Students who are not subject to quarantine, and students who have completed 14-day self-isolation (specific guidelines below).

What is campus quarantine going to look like?

Students will be assigned a temporary quarantine room for 14 days prior to moving to their fall housing assignment. The specific details regarding food delivery, and health and safety measures will be announced once Bryant’s reopening plan has been reviewed and approved by the RI Department of Health.  

I am subject to 14-day quarantine.  Can I self-isolate myself at my family/relative’s/friend’s place off-campus before moving in?

Prior to returning to campus, students may complete the 14-day quarantine period at the home of a family member in any state that does not have a stay-at-home order in place.

Will I be able to get an F-1 visa and enter the U.S.?

As you are aware there are currently many travel restrictions in place limiting travel to the U.S. Although visa appointments are not immediately available in many areas around the world, students can complete their visa application and make a future appointment.  You may be able to obtain a visa through expedited processing with an updated I-20 with new program start date. This option is usually available for new or continuing students if there are no regular appointments available and you need to travel to the U.S. within 60 days.

As the travel situation improves, we hope that more appointments will open and that travel restrictions will be lifted in time for students to arrive in the fall. Please continue to check with your local embassy/consulate (https://www.usembassy.gov) for updates.

I’m a new international student. What if I cannot arrive in time for the start of my program?

We understand that these are challenging circumstances, and there is not a deadline for incoming first-year students to arrive on campus. Any student who arrives late will be subject to the 14-day quarantine per RI Department of Health guidelines, and will be able to self-quarantine in the campus residential area designated for this purpose.

I’m a returning international student. What is the latest date I can arrive to resume my study if I am delayed by visa issues and/or continued travel restrictions?

We understand that these are challenging circumstances. Returning international students can return to campus until midterm. If students cannot return, students will need to take classes online for the entire semester in order to receive grades and credits. If late-arriving students are subject to the 14-day quarantine per RI Department of Health guidelines, because of limited quarantine space on campus during the semester, quarantine arrangements will be made case by case. Students may need to be quarantined in the same building with other students who may have been exposed to COVID-19 or may need to make arrangements to quarantine off campus in a state that is not on the quarantine state list of Rhode Island.

Can I take classes online from abroad?

Yes.  All class sessions will be available online via live streaming, and/or recorded for later viewing by lecture capture.

Will I need a new visa to take classes online from abroad or if I decide to take a semester off?

You do not need a student visa if you are studying remotely or not studying at all; however, you will need a valid F-1 visa when you return to the U.S.  Students who decide to take a semester off by not taking courses should be aware how a leave of absence may impact the student’s eligibility for a practical training. Contact OISS if you have questions about your F-1 visa.

As an international student, how will the remote status impact my visa status?

The interim guidance from the Department of Homeland Security allowed students to study online virtually from their home country for the last semester. It is not clear yet if this policy will be extended for the fall semester. If new guidance does not allow for virtual study on your current I-20, you may have to return on new “initial” I-20 under different SEVIS number. This will impact students who are wishing to apply for a practical training within a year because students returning on new initial I-20 must enroll one academic year (fall and spring semesters) before the student becomes eligible to apply for work authorization.  Any update concerning the remote status for international students will be announced as soon as the final guidance from the DHS is available.

Can I stay on campus through winter sessions once in-person classes end in November?

International students will be able to stay on campus through the winter sessions.

Will the tuition be the same if I take online classes from abroad?

Yes. Bryant faculty and staff have worked very hard to ensure the safe continuance of our in-person classroom experience. Access to online classes is offered not as an option, but only as a short-term accommodation for students who are ill or who cannot travel to campus due to the pandemic.

Does the health insurance offered by Bryant University cover the coronavirus?

This information is evolving as we navigate this unprecedented situation. The most up-to-date information can be found at www.wellfleetstudent.com.  For specific information for COVID-19, you can follow these steps:

  • Enter “Bryant” in the “Search For Your School” box and select “Bryant University.”  
  • Scroll down to “Forms and Resources” and click the arrow.
  • Find “coronavirus update” at the bottom.

Contact Information:

Kaoru Paganelli, Assistant Director, OISS, kpaganel@bryant.edu

FAQ: Fall 2020 dining

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How will Bryant University maintain social distancing in Salmanson Dining hall?

Bryant will offer a staggered meal service, with reduced capacity at each seating to eliminate potential crowding. The dining hall entrance and exit will be monitored to oversee the flow of traffic and capacity, and we will install six-foot markers for the queue of students entering the dining hall.

The dining tables inside our main dining hall will be spaced in updated configurations to meet six-foot social distancing requirements.

Floor markers and point-of-use signage will be prominently displayed to remind students of CDC guidelines and encourage distancing. 

Will students be required to wear masks in the dining halls?

Yes, in compliance with State of Rhode Island regulations, face masks/coverings are to be worn in all Bryant University public areas including dining areas, meeting rooms and classrooms, hallways, and high-traffic outdoor walkways where it is difficult to maintain safe distance. The exception is when the students are seated in the dining hall and enjoying their meal.

What measures is Bryant taking to assure heightened food safety procedures and cleaning protocols in the dining areas?

For maximum food safety, all self-service options such as the salad bar will be eliminated.

We will increase our frequent cleaning of tables and touchpoints. High-touch surfaces will be sanitized and disinfected with professional-grade products multiple times each day.

 What is Bryant doing to encourage contactless dining transactions?

We are installing additional technology including touchless entryways, online ordering, cashless payments, and delivery options to limit contact between students and dining staff.

To give our students more dining options, The Scoop, located in the Fisher Student Center, will serve as an additional take-out location. This summer the Scoop venue will be converted to an additional space for grab-and-go meals. 

We will also expand options for prepackaged meals and carryout orders, potentially including delivery where feasible.

If a student is ill and required to isolate or quarantine, how will they get their meals?

Safe meal delivery options will be provided for any students experiencing symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19.

What safety measures are required of Bryant’s food service personnel?

While on campus, Bryant dining employees will utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including wearing face masks and gloves when in the dining facilities.

Dining service employees will regularly report on their health, including temperature checks.

Dining staff will continue to wash hands thoroughly and frequently.

For more information on campus dining safety related to the COVID-19, please visit https://content-service.sodexomyway.com/media/UNI_COVID19_Communication_studentparent_tcm52-104349.pdf?url=https://campus.sodexomyway.com

Health Checker app

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Effective June 15th, all faculty and staff who will be coming to campus must self-certify, on a daily basis, that they have no COVID-19 symptoms or risk factors by using the Bryant University Health Checker. Entry to campus will be monitored daily by Public Safety Officers at the Entry Control Station (ECS).

Here are three ways to get to Bryant’s Health Checker:

1. Go to https://bryant.edu/healthpass
2. Get the Bryant Mobile app on Google Play Store or Apple App
3. Go to Banner Self Service online

Download a copy of the Health Checker user guide here.

Reopening update

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Governor Raimondo has extended Phase 1 of the “Reopening RI” plan through at least June 5, 2020. Bryant University will continue to follow guidance from the State of Rhode Island, and as we are still in Phase 1 we expect that all staff who can work from home will continue to work from home for the remainder of Phase 1 in keeping with that guidance.   

We are considering how best to configure our on-campus staffing arrangements for after we enter Phase 2.  That information will be provided at a later date when we know more. In the meantime, please note:

  • If you must come onto campus, it is our expectation that you will adhere to CDC social distancing and face-covering guidelines. Face masks or face coverings must be worn by all staff/faculty working on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common work spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, hallways, breakrooms, etc.).
  • If you must work on campus and are in need of a face mask, please contact Andy DeMelia, AVP of Facilities Operations, at ademelia@bryant.edu.
  •  Plexiglass is being installed in high-traffic areas. Please do not post anything on the plexiglass.

When our government officials and public health experts indicate that Rhode Island is prepared to transition to the next phase of reopening, we will continue to keep the health and safety of our community as our foremost consideration as the University considers strategies for future work arrangements. In the weeks ahead we will continue to communicate about the COVID-19 pandemic and a phased campus reopening in alignment with State of Rhode Island guidelines and health recommendations from the CDC. For these updates, we will continue to utilize a three-point communication model wherein email updates are also posted here, as a centralized repository and information hub, and shared on the University social media accounts.  Please be sure to check back for the most up-to-date information about Bryant University’s response to this evolving situation.

Facts related to employee’s positive coronavirus test

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We have learned that a Bryant employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee’s test was administered on Monday, April 6 and we learned the results of the test yesterday.  Below are the important facts related to this case. 

  • This employee last worked at Bryant during the second shift in the Unistructure on Friday, March 27, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  During the employee’s shift the employee had no contact with students and limited contact with other Bryant employees in the Unistructure.
  • Although health professionals do not think this employee could have infected those around them or the community, out of an abundance of caution we have reached out to advise those employees with whom the affected employee may have had any contact – even if they maintained appropriate social distance.  If you have not been notified, then you are considered not to have any increased risk because of exposure to this individual.
  • Following their final shift at Bryant on Friday, March 27, the employee worked a second job over the weekend of March 28-29.  Prior to returning to work on Monday morning, March 30, 2020, the employee, to their credit, informed their supervisor that they learned on March 28 that may have been exposed to the virus on their second job, as other people at the second employer had tested positive for the virus.  
  • The employee’s supervisor immediately contacted Human Resources and Health Services, and in an abundance of caution, the employee was placed on self-quarantine for 14 days.  The employee has not returned to campus since March 27, 12 days ago.
  • On April 6, 2020, after learning that more people at the other second-job facility where the employee worked over the weekend of March 28 had tested positive for the virus, the employee immediately voluntarily underwent COVID-19 testing as test are now more readily available in Rhode Island.  Although the employee is still asymptomatic and showing no signs of the virus, the employee’s test came back positive yesterday.  

Anyone who has any questions or concerns relating to potential contact with this individual should reach out to Facilities supervision (232-6082), Human Resources (232-6010), or Health Services (232-6220) for advice and counsel.  Also, please remember that if you are experiencing any COVID-19 like symptoms, or know or suspect that you may have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus, even if asymptomatic, please call your supervisor BEFORE returning to campus.

We, as the Bryant community, wish this employee and their family wellness and grace during this very difficult time.

Thank you, and please continue to be diligent in practicing social distancing and other important hygienic practices.

Withdrawal date extended

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The last date for a student to submit a request for a withdrawal “W” grade has been extended from Friday, April 3, to Friday, May 1, the last day of classes and before the final exam schedule begins on Monday, May 4.  The Registrar’s office has created a fillable .pdf that faculty and students can find at https://my.bryant.edu/portal/registrar/.  

Completed forms with faculty and student typed signatures should be sent to the Registrar’s office for processing at registrar@bryant.edu. Withdrawals are not official until processed in the Registrar’s office.

Please make sure to report to the Registrar students who have not responded to your emails or have not joined in on the online teaching. 

Please also let the Registrar know of any issues/questions and know that teh office will help and assist you in any way possible. 

Transition from Gulski to Salmanson for faculty/staff

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With the very limited number of faculty and staff on campus and frequenting the Gulski Dining Room, the following changes will be effective Monday, April 6:

  • Coffee will be available in Gulski from 7:30-11 a.m. A limited assortment of baked goods and cereal will be available for purchase during these hours. No hot breakfast will be served.
  • Lunch and dinner take-out will be available in Salmanson Dining Hall at the same a la carte prices or $5 for the buffet.

Information Services updates

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We have created a new TIPS webpage based on recent helpdesk calls, and feedback from faculty and students. 

The Library is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Online support is available through chat, email, text, and phone to assist with research, access to articles, data, e-books, and course materials.  Email and chat service are the best ways to reach out during this time and you can find our chat and email contact information through the library website: https://library.bryant.edu

Library online support is available:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m to 10:00 p.m.

The Campus Technology Services (CTS) Faculty and Staff Helpdesk is available in the Bello Grand Hall on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Helpdesk is available via phone (401-232-6111) or email (helpdesk@bryant.edu) as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Weekend: Email and voice messages are monitored with responses ASAP

Laptop Central (which serves as the student technical Helpdesk) is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Laptop Central is available via phone (401-232-6550) or email (laptopcentral@bryant.edu) as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Weekend: Email and voice messages are monitored with responses ASAP

Academic Computing & Media Services is providing support via phone (401-232-6128) or email (av-staff@bryant.edu) Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

24/7 BlackboardCollaborate and Zoom support is available to faculty, staff and students as follows:

Note: This service is intended for specific assistance in the use of Blackboard, Collaborate and Zoom and not for general Helpdesk or Laptop Central support.  Please contact those service centers directly for general technology questions.

Registration begins tomorrow, Thursday, April 2

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The Undergraduate Advising Office will hold walk-ins between 7-10 a.m., and 2-3 p.m. during each registration time-ticket. If you have an issue during the morning of your assigned registration, please call our front desk at 401-232-6210. Our front desk staff will take down your ID number, name, and phone-number, and an Academic Advisor will contact you for troubleshooting assistance.

Information for residential students

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As stated in President Machtley’s recent email, we have developed procedures to allow you to safely retrieve the belongings you still have in your residence hall in the event that we are not able to open the campus again before the end of the semester.  A final decision on reopening the campus will be made on or before April 17.  However, because you may be in a situation where it is advantageous for you to move your things out of your Bryant room now regardless of the decision on April 17, we urge you to consider that alternative.  We know this is a difficult time and resulting decision on move out but we want each student to make their own decision based on their particular situation.  We have worked hard to develop procedures that will facilitate the move-out process while adhering to social distancing guidelines giving everyone maximum flexibility to accomplish move out. 

Step 1 – You can schedule a date and time to move out by completing this application.  Even if the campus opens for the last two weeks, there is a significant advantage of clearing out now and returning later with only two weeks’ worth of gear.  As we all know some states with growing cases of Coronavirus may not be allowed back into the state of Rhode Island in the future. Waiting until April 17 could theoretically put your chances of returning if you reside in one of those states after April 17 in jeopardy. All requests must be received at least 48 hours in advance of the date you anticipate returning to campus.  Students will only be permitted to bring two guests to assist with the move-out.  Students who reside in a state where a “Shelter in Place” order is active will not be able to make an appointment to move-out until the order is lifted in their home state. 

Step 2 – Residential Life staff will review your request and confirm the date and time for your arrival and that you are not a health risk.  It is imperative that you arrive on the date and time for which you have been approved.  Only students with a confirmed move-out application will be allowed to return to campus.  This is necessary in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines and minimize the risk to our community.  When your application is approved, you will also receive a parking pass which must be printed and placed on your dashboard when you arrive to campus.  Do not show up to campus without a pass or you will not be allowed to enter.

Step 3 – Students who return to campus will only be allowed to go directly to their own room, pack up and depart.  Students will not be allowed to visit other students who may be on campus, other rooms or other facilities on campus. There will be no service of food on campus and you should be aware that all restaurants in RI have been ordered by the Governor to stop serving.  So we recommend you bring your own food if you are traveling from a distance.  All items must be removed from your room, suite, or townhouse.  All students will participate in express check-out and will sign out via the door tag on their room door. 

Step 4 – Before leaving campus, you will need to return your key in the envelope provided.  Please deposit the envelope with your key in the drop box at Entry Control as you leave campus.

Step 5- If you cannot return to campus to retrieve your personal belongings

If you are abroad or for whatever reason cannot return to campus now or before the end of the academic year to retrieve your personal belongings you must advise Residential Life at reslife@byant.edu, who will make appropriate arrangements to pack up your belongings and put them in storage until you can retrieve them.

We will have a supply of boxes, tape, and trash bags available in each residential area as well as laundry carts to assist with your move-out.

All students must complete the move out no later than Saturday, May 16th at 3:00 p.m.  If you are unable to return to campus to move-out by this date, please contact the Office of Residential Life at reslife@bryant.edu or 401-232-6140 for assistance and information regarding packing, shipping, or storing your belongings.

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time. 

Sincerely,

Inge-Lise Ameer

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students