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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

Bryant Bookstore

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The University bookstore is open for business Mondays through Fridays, 9 am-4 pm.

The bookstore’s priority is to ensure the campus community has textbooks and other essential items. The bookstore website – www.bryantushop.com – is available 24/7 and is regularly updated with changes.

During this time Follett is offering:

  • Free Online Shipping: Visit Bryant Bookstore for free shipping on all items with no minimum purchase. This includes various formats of course materials, supplies, apparel, technology and more. 
  • Free Shipping on Rental Returns & Deadline Extensions: The campus store is offering free shipping return labels and is extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail. Click the COVID-19 message on the home page of the Bryant Bookstore COVID-FAQ

Rental Returns

In general, textbook rentals are due back to the bookstore on the last day of finals (May 12). The grace period has been extended 15 days (May 27). This extension will allow more time for in-transit rental check-ins to be processed before non-return collateral charges are processed. Free shipping labels are available to all US rental patrons until midnight of the due date (May 27). Current rental patrons will also receive a message regarding this extension.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact the bookstore staff.

Bookstore@bryant.edu

401-232-6240

Stan Stowik
Bookstore Manager               
Email:  sstowik@follett.com

ACE and Advising Updates

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ACE and the Writing Center

Students can meet one on one with tutors, writing consultants, math specialists, writing specialists, and learning specialists via Zoom online technology. Drop-In Learning Labs are closed. To schedule an appointment, please call 401-232-6567 between 8:30 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday.

Taking classes remotely can pose challenges for students. If you need support with staying organized and on track during this time, call ACE and request a virtual meeting with a learning specialist.

If you have any questions, please email Stephanie Carter, Director of ACE/WC, at scarter@bryant.edu.

Undergraduate Advising

  • The Undergraduate Advising Office will hold phone and Zoom appointments. To set up an appointment, call the front desk at 401-232-6210. On the day of your appointment, your Academic Advisor will either call you at your scheduled time, or send you a Zoom meeting link prior to your appointment. Please contact your Advisor through either a phone/Zoom appointment, or through email to review your course options for next semester.
  • The course registration process has changed. To assist with the transition, we’ve made a new series of how-to-register videos using the new Banner 9 registration menu. You can find the Course Registration videos at bit.ly/BryantRegAs Course Scheduler is no longer available, we strongly recommend taking some time to familiarize yourself with the new process prior to your registration date. Check your Advisor’s Blackboard page for your graduating class for any updates. 
  • The Office of the Registrar has applied your fall 2020 course registration time-ticket. You can view your time-ticket on your banner account. Please refer to the course registration videos for assistance on how to view your time-ticket. 
  • The last day to withdraw from a course without academic penalty is Friday, April 3rd. If you have questions or concerns regarding potentially withdrawing from a course, please contact your Academic Advisor by scheduling an appointment or emailing them directly. 
  • If you have any questions, please email Dr. Laurie Hazard, Interim Director of Undergraduate Advising, at lhazard@bryant.edu.

Guidelines for staff employees

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Institutions throughout the country are working to appropriately respond to the challenges we face with COVID-19.  Bryant is no different.  Many in the Bryant community have inquired about working from home – or not coming to work – and what our approach will be in these situations.  Bryant, until situations dictate, will remain open but develop a flexible plan to both take care of people’s needs and to minimize health risks. 

For those with the ability to work from home, work-from-home priority will be given to people who fall into these general categories:

  • People who are at high risk due to compromised immune systems or have compromising upper respiratory issues;
  • People who, due to a COVID-19-related school closing, cannot work due to lack of alternative childcare.  As communities across the region work to curb the spread of COVID-19, several are opting to close schools for varying periods of time. We realize that these unexpected closures could create childcare issues for some of you;
  • People whose immediate household includes people who are at high risk due to compromised immune systems or have compromising upper respiratory issues, e.g. elderly parents living with you;
  • People who are asymptomatic but in self-quarantine.

Please note that contrary to what we often allow, because of COVID-19’s unique health dangers and in the interest of the health and safety of our employees and their families, we will not permit employees to bring their children to work with them during this period.  Also, it is our expectation that if you have been approved to work from home, you work from your home and not from some alternative location.  Finally, those employees who do continue to work on campus will be expected to practice good workplace hygiene, including washing their hands frequently, maintaining appropriate distance from others, and working in limited groups.

The Provost and each Divisional Vice President has the authority to review all work-from-home requests even if they do not fall within the priority cases above within their Divisions and to utilize their discretion in this area, coordinating these decisions with our Human Resources team. Rotational work-from-home arrangements may be implemented for periods of time to lessen the risk here at Bryant.  Because this COVID-19 situation could be a lengthy period, we ask everyone to deal with needs and working from home in a two-week format as we incrementally decide how to respond.  These policies and procedures could change based on future facts.

Other important points:

  • All employees who are experiencing a sore throat, fever of any severity, or cold symptoms need to stay at home until they have been asymptomatic for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. These people must check in with Health Services by phone or email before returning to campus;
  • Some people may be too ill to work (i.e. normal “call outs”), due to a serious medical condition under FMLA, or who have tested positive for COVID-19. These people would receive sick pay under normal guidelines.
  • We recognize that some people who have a need to stay at home as outlined above simply cannot work from home due to the nature of their jobs. Please see below for pay considerations.  

We’ve reviewed our time-off guidelines for employees and have decided to relax them in certain ways to support those impacted by these circumstances. In the case of a COVID-19-related school closing where a Bryant employee cannot work due to lack of alternative childcare or they have other good reason to remain off campus as outlined above, please note the following:

  • If your job enables you to work from home, you’ll be permitted to do so;
  • You may use vacation time, personal time you have been awarded, or sick time in order to receive pay for your time out of the office;
  • If you don’t have any paid time available, you’ll be permitted to borrow from your next anniversary year of vacation or sick time (up to one year’s eligibility);
  • On a case-by-case basis, you may be permitted to take unpaid time off; 
  • If you’re not currently set up to work from home but believe you could do so from your personal computer or laptop, you should discuss this with your manager. We’ll consider these requests case by case.

Finally, any time you’re out of the office for a COVID-19-related school closing or other related situation will not be held against your attendance or dependability record. If you are out for this reason, please make sure that your manager is aware.

We’re hopeful that these changes will help get our employees through this challenging time a bit more easily.

Please direct any questions or concerns to your supervisor. 

Thank you.

Information on ACE / Student Advising

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In the coming weeks, the Centers for Student Success will remain open to support students. We strongly encourage students to access all of our programs and services remotely.

ACE and the Writing Center

Students can meet one-on-one with tutors, writing consultants, math specialists, writing specialists, and learning specialists via Zoom online technology. Drop-In Learning Labs are closed. To schedule an appointment, please call 401-232-6567 between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm Monday- Friday.

Taking classes remotely can pose challenges for students. If you need support with staying organized and on-track during this time, call ACE and request a virtual meeting with a learning specialist.

If you have any questions, please email Stephanie Carter, Director of ACE/WC at scarter@bryant.edu.

Undergraduate Advising:

  • The Undergraduate Advising Office will hold PHONE appointments. To set up a phone appointment, call the front desk at 401-232-6210. On the day of your appointment, please call 401-232-6210 to check in and be transferred to your Advisor. If the line is busy when you call, please call back until you speak with our front desk. If you haven’t already, please schedule a registration appointment to review your course options for next semester.
  • The course registration process has changed. To assist with the transition, we’ve made a new series of how-to-register videos using the new Banner 9 registration menu. You can find the Course Registration videos at bit.ly/BryantRegAs Course Scheduler is no longer available, we strongly recommend taking some time to familiarize yourself with the new process prior to your registration date. Check your Advisor’s blackboard page for your graduating class for any updates. 
  • The Office of the Registrar will send official communication regarding your registration time ticket and the official schedule of classes running this fall.
  • The last day to withdraw from a course without academic penalty is Friday, April 3. If you have any questions or concerns regarding potentially withdrawing from a course, please call our front desk at 401-232-6210 for assistance.

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Laurie Hazard, Interim Director of Academic Advising at lhazard@bryant.edu.