Category Archives: Corona Virus

Updates about classes, programming

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  • Although the campus will remain open, Bryant will move to a schedule of online classes. All on-campus classes will be suspended during this period and all classrooms will be closed.  
  • All University offices will remain open. Based on personal circumstances and departmental needs, some non-essential employees may work from home with their supervisor’s approval.
  • Effective immediately, all University-related international travel is prohibited and all personal international travel is strongly discouraged.
  • All University-related non-essential domestic air travel is prohibited and we urge great caution in personal domestic travel.
  • Bryant will continue with the heightened cleaning protocols recently put in place. Standalone sanitizer dispensers have been placed at the entrance of every residence hall and every academic and administrative facility. Our Facilities team has implemented enhanced deep cleaning of high traffic touch points throughout the campus. We have also hired a contractor with specialized expertise to provide custodial services should any students be required to live in isolation.
  • Food services personnel will go above and beyond in following CDC hygiene guidelines. We ask that you practice good food hygiene (don’t touch a piece of fruit and then put it back, for example) and please be mindful of good hygiene overall, including thorough hand-washing. 
  • Students residing on campus during this period will be prohibited from visiting any other residence halls or townhouses.  Partying will be prohibited, and this restriction will be strictly enforced (with immediate sanctions and potential forfeiture of the opportunity to continue to reside on campus).

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