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Admission in-person visits

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Bryant University’s Admission team enjoys welcoming visitors to our stunning campus and we believe there’s no better way to learn about Bryant than to experience it firsthand. For now, however, in-person visits and events have been postponed in order to protect the health of our visitors and community. We understand that you may be eager to discover more about our academic programs and vibrant student life, and are sorry for this necessary change of plans.

To help you learn more about what sets Bryant apart as an exceptional place to live and learn, we’ve created a variety of virtual events and extra web features, replicating much of the information of an in-person visit: https://explore.bryant.edu/portal/visitcampus

Until we are able to return to our previously scheduled programs and activities, we hope you will find this format helpful. 

Survey on Online Learning

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Bryant students: the University is assessing our transition to online teaching and learning. We want to know how your first week went, and how we can help you. Look for a brief survey in your email from Provost Glenn Sulmasy and VP of Student Affairs Inge-Lise Ameer asking for your feedback, and please take a few minutes to respond this weekend so that we can continue improving things as we go forward into next week.

Bryant Campus Ministry

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During this challenging time, our Campus Ministry staff remains available to anyone who might be seeking spiritual support, or simply would like to talk to someone.

All of our chaplains are available to the entire Bryant community:

·         Imam Farid Ansari, fana4647@aol.com , 401-529-4251 

·         Rabbi Steven Jablow, sjablow@bryant.edu  

·         Fr. Joe Pescatello, jpjr1189@gmail.com , 401-451-3254 

·         Pastor Kevin White, kwhite13@bryant.edu , 804-412-8203

Updates to Center for Teaching Excellence Transition to Online Teaching

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To assist faculty in making the transition to online teaching, Bryant has secured 24/7 support for Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate and Zoom. You can contact this support service via the following methods:

These services are available to students as well, so please add this information to your Blackboard course site to serve as a quick reference for yourself and your students.

  • If you have any questions regarding Blackboard support, please contact the CTS Helpdesk x6111 or via email at helpdesk@bryant.edu
  • If your students have any questions, please have them contact Laptop Central  x6550 or via email at laptopcentral@bryant.edu

ZOOM is an online conferencing tool offering audio and video communications, screen sharing, and other collaboration tools. Zoom licenses are available at https://bryant.zoom.us/, You will be given a basic license initially, then email cte@bryant.edu and request a full license that will enable long duration sessions and class-sized audiences.

Zoom Training can also be found at the following.

All faculty are enrolled in Teaching Online in a Pinch, developed by Bryant’s Online Learning Team. Please complete the modules as soon as possible. This site also contains a faculty -wide discussion board where faculty can share their progress and ideas as they transition their courses. Please subscribe to this board and share your tips and experiences with this transition.

The University has prepared a resource for all Bryant students as we make the shift to online classes for the near term. When students log in to Blackboard, they will see a new course in their list, Learning Online in a Pinch. Here they will find a self-paced module full of strategies for success in this modality, resources from ACE, the library, and Laptop Central, and links to other helpful websites and printable guides. All faculty are asked to make sure that their students access and make use of this important resource. 


Bryant has secured licenses for Respondus Monitor, an automated proctoring system for online exams. Respondus offers daily online webinars for training, see https://web.respondus.com/webinars/. Respondus offers resources at https://web.respondus.com/he/monitor/resources/. We will be creating resource materials and links to support services within the next 24 hours at http://cte/bryant.edu/respondus,


Reminders:

The above information is also referenced at http://cte.bryant.edu/continuity

Amica Center Transitions to Virtual Delivery

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As of Tuesday, March 17, Bryant’s Amica Center for Career Education has shifted its service delivery methods amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. As a measure of community care focused in student, staff, faculty, and employer partner health safety, the Amica Center has gone virtual with its services until otherwise announced. 

Remaining Open

The Amica Center remains open for business and regular hours are:

  • Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Amica Center staff are reporting for work and are available for phone calls and virtual meetings. All services are available – just virtually.

Virtual Appointments and Meetings

We are suspending all in-person (individual face-to-face, group) appointments, interviews, and meetings, and we are instead offering virtual alternatives.  We are able to offer services via telephone, Skype, and Zoom.   

Students and Alumni

For students wishing to make an appointment, follow the instructions below. We are using Zoom to conduct appointments. We can also use Skype or use telephone if you prefer.

  • Walk-in Hours and Quick Questions have shifted to online. Please request an appoint via Bryant Career Connection. (Download the instructions here.) We have canceled the evening hours in FSC.
  • Mock Interviews can be conducted within Bryant Career Connection. Download the instructions.
  • Bryant Career Connection (BCC) is running and is fully available for internship, co-op, and full-time position postings.  Employers are actively using BCC to search for opportunities.

Faculty

The Amica Center remains available to assist students and faculty with career development questions, presentations and other services.  We can assist virtually – we just need a bit more planning than typical. Reach out to your normal contacts within the Amica Center and we’ll help!

Employers

Recruiting continues – just virtually!  We can discuss your recruiting needs by phone/Zoom and develop a revised recruiting plan that accommodates the need to be virtual.

For employers wishing to conduct interviews, we will assist with managing those schedules.  Contact Nancy Friel for additional information: nfriel@bryant.edu or 401-232-6353

Resources for working from home

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The Information Services website (https://is.bryant.edu/) has details regarding many tools for working from home, such as checking voicemail remotely, sending voicemail to your email inbox, connecting via VPN, initiating a Skype call, and more.  Please visit  https://is.bryant.edu/support/teaching-learning-and-working-remotely for convenient access to the information on available resources.

Spring Break Travel Update

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Yesterday members of the Bryant administration participated in calls with the Rhode Island Department of Health regarding COVID- 19. As a result of information shared on these calls, and due to COVID-19 continuing to be a rapidly evolving situation, Bryant would like to encourage any students, faculty, and staff who are planning travel during Spring Break to reconsider your Spring Break travel plans if you are capable of doing so.

For those who are unable to change their international travel plans, please register your travel with the U.S. State Department’s Smart Travel Enrollment Program (STEP) which provides access to alerts from the local embassies and consulates. In accordance with CDC guidelines, travelers to regions with confirmed COVID-19 cases (including Italy, Iran, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), S. Korea, and Japan) who feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing are advised to stay home, avoid contact with others, and immediately call your healthcare provider. All students, faculty, and staff returning from those identified countries should stay home for two weeks before returning to campus, and upon return to campus they are required to check in with Health Services. 

Please keep in mind that while there may not be any entry and exit control measures in place for your destination, this is a rapidly evolving situation and the protocols could change at any time with little or no notice. These protocols could impact your travel plans and/or delay your return home.

Any student who is changing their travel plans and needs assistance with housing over Spring Break please complete the form HERE to request to stay on campus.

We continue to monitor the situation closely, and are taking appropriate measures for the wellbeing of the campus community. Bryant University custodians have been disinfecting surfaces on a daily and nightly basis, using a clean cloth and disinfectant solution created for this purpose. Please continue to use common sense and practice good hygiene, including frequent and thorough hand washing.

Sincerely,

Ronald K. Machtley
President

Glenn Sulmasy
Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Academic Affairs

Inge-Lise Ameer
Vice President and Dean of Students, Student Affairs

Tim Paige
Vice President, Human Resources

Hong Yang,
Vice President for International Affairs

COVID-19 Update/Spring Break Travel Planning

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We are reaching out to you with an update on the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and its impact on some of our students engaged in learning abroad, those who come from affected areas, and to provide information to those who are planning to travel during spring break.

Yesterday, March 1, The Rhode Island Department of Health announced the state’s first “presumptive positive” case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). According to the department, the person is in their 40s and had traveled to Italy in mid-February.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. State Department have recently elevated travel advisories for some countries. It is important that anyone planning to travel abroad consult these websites for travel advisories.

Helpful Links
CDC COVID-19 Website
CDC: COVID-19 Information for Travel
CDC: Spring Break Travel
US State Department Travel Advisories
US State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

Study Abroad
Cindi Lewis, Bryant’s Director of Global Education, Study Abroad, is actively engaged with students whose programs have been modified or canceled and those who need information about travel within or across affected regions. She has recently been in touch with all of our students abroad, including three students currently studying in Italy. Students studying abroad should continue to contact the staff of their abroad academic centers for the promptest support. Families with concerns are best assisted by contacting their sons or daughters, who are receiving frequent updates from their academic centers.

As a precaution, all Bryant students returning from study and/or travel abroad will stay home for two weeks before returning to campus, and upon return to campus they are required to check in with Health Services.

Spring Break
We strongly advise those of you with plans to travel over spring break to consult the CDC COVID-19 website for updates on the virus. Advice there includes being up-to-date on immunizations as well as having a flu shot. A page specific to spring break travel has helpful tips. Should you decide to travel internationally, please register your travel with the U.S. State Department’s Smart Travel Enrollment Program (STEP) which provides access to alerts from the local embassies and consulates. In accordance with CDC guidelines, travelers to regions with confirmed COVID-19 cases (including Italy) who feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing are advised to stay home, avoid contact with others, and immediately seek medical attention.

Students who travel internationally should regularly consult with the State Department travel advisory regarding travel restrictions before and during the spring break.

We will continue to share news and will remain in close and regular communication with all members of our community abroad. The best way to stay informed is to:
• Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information regarding enhanced screening procedures.
• Check email and Bryant University’s emergency website, emergency.bryant.edu, regularly for important updates from the University or your program.

We also urge the campus community to follow some simple but effective illness prevention measures regardless of your location:
• It is not too late to get a seasonal flu vaccine. (Call your primary care provider or stop by any pharmacy as many now offer flu shots.)
• Cover coughs and sneezes in your elbow or sleeve.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• If you feel unwell, stay at home in order to protect yourself and other people.
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading any virus to others, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Bryant University Campus
Members of the Bryant Student Affairs and Health Services teams, Human Resources, Academic Affairs, International Affairs, and our off-campus partners are doing as much as possible to keep our community healthy and are preparing for a range of possible developments. Bryant University has an Emergency Response Team in place, and that team will continue to meet to develop contingency plans that minimize risk and ensure the continuity of academics at the Bryant.

Sincerely,

Ronald K. Machtley
President

Glenn Sulmasy
Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Academic Affairs

Inge-Lise Ameer
Vice President and Dean of Students, Student Affairs

Tim Paige
Vice President, Human Resources

Hong Yang,
Vice President for International Affairs

Cindi Lewis
Director of Global Education, Study Abroad