COVID-19 updates

The latest posts regarding Bryant and COVID-19

  • Facts related to employee’s positive coronavirus test
    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 … Read more
  • Withdrawal date extended
    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 … Read more
  • Transition from Gulski to Salmanson for faculty/staff
    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 … Read more
  • Information Services updates
    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 … Read more
  • Registration begins tomorrow, Thursday, April 2
    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.
  • Admission in-person visits
    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 … Read more
  • Information for residential students
    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 … Read more
  • Bryant Bookstore
    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 & … Read more
  • ACE and Advising Updates
    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. … Read more
  • Survey on Online Learning
    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
    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
    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: By phone: 877-889-7773 By email: bryant@edusupportcenter.com By web chat: https://chat.edusupportcenter.com/chat/websiteChat?short_name=bryant&key=bryant2217 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 … Read more
  • Amica Center Transitions to Virtual Delivery
    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 … Read more
  • Guidelines for staff employees
    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 … Read more
  • Information on ACE / Student Advising
    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 … Read more
  • FAQ: Dining, Room and Board charges
    UPDATED MARCH 26, 2020 At the direction of the Governor of Rhode Island and the Department of Health, all dining services will be Grab and Go. All meals will be available for pick-up only. Please remember while waiting for meals in Salmanson to respect that all students should remain at least 6 feet apart. We appreciate your patience during this time. Should you need anything, please do not hesitate to ask. If you are having trouble getting … Read more
  • Comprehensive policy on student textbooks
    For students living within reasonably convenient traveling distance: Bryant University will remain open. Students will be allowed to return to campus for brief visits to retrieve personal items, such as books. (But no overnights will be permitted without a permit.) Our recommendation is that students should avail themselves of this opportunity sooner rather than later as this policy is subject to change. For students living outside reasonably convenient traveling distance: Faculty are working to put maximum allowable … Read more
  • Information for study abroad students and parents
    On Wednesday, President Trump signed a proclamation that suspends entry to the United States of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the U.S. It is important to note that this ban does not apply to legal permanent residents of the United States (generally), and/or to immediate family members of U.S. citizens. In light of API closing its operations in Spain … Read more
  • Faculty guidelines
    In a follow-up to President Machtley’s March 10 and 12 communications regarding the University’s plan to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this post provides faculty with additional guidance on work arrangements should you fall ill this season or need an alternative work arrangement. What should faculty do if they become ill or need to take a leave? If you become ill with a sore throat, fever or cold symptoms, or have received medical advice to be isolated … Read more
  • Resources for working from home
    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.
  • Staff guidelines
    Dear University Colleagues, In a follow-up to President Machtley’s March 10 and 12 communications regarding the University’s plans to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this communication provides staff with additional guidance on work arrangements should you fall ill this season or need an alternative work arrangement. Since the University will remain open, Division heads have been asked to review critical operations within their functional areas, and staffing levels required to maintain campus operations and community service expectations. … Read more
  • FAQ / Access to personal items
    To protect the health of our community and visitors, Bryant is proactively taking steps to mitigate the future risk of virus on campus and ensure that all members of the Bryant community stay safe and as healthy as possible during this escalating global health situation. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS · Is Bryant open? The Bryant University campus is open and administrative offices are open. At this time, all classes are exclusively online. Effective immediately, students will be allowed … Read more
  • Resources for online classes
    1)   The Center for Teaching Excellence contains many important points and is helpful in answering FAQs that can arise. https://cte.bryant.edu/continuity-faq/ 2)   If you need equipment or tools to assist in your online learning  Audio Visual Equipment for Online Learning 3)   ZOOM Training (if needed and your professor might be using ZOOM): The fastest way to become familiar with ZOOM is through ZOOM's extensive online documentation and support video site.  Frequent Zoom training sessions, including specialized education training – zoom.us/livetrainingsZoom Video TutorialsZoom Help … Read more
  • Graduate Programs events and sessions
    All events and sessions through the Graduate Programs Office will take place as scheduled and are currently available for registration.Existing virtual information sessions, webinars and virtual one-on-one appointments with Graduate Programs Office staff are available as normal, and we encourage prospective students and visitors to explore these opportunities to connect with staff and students.Registration for events and contact information can be found here: https://applygrad.bryant.edu/portal/events
  • Campus visits and Admission events
    To protect the health of our community and visitors we are: Suspending large group Admission events through the month of April, including Admitted Student Days, Bryant 101, Club & Intramural Sports Day, Bryant 360, and Day with Class. We are in the process of notifying people who have registered for these events about alternate arrangements. Admitted Student Open House scheduled for April 4 has been postponed and we are exploring options for a future date.Closing the Admission office on Saturdays, … Read more
  • Information for international students
    With the exception of students who have traveled to a CDC level 2 or level 3 country, who should follow our protocol in contacting Health Services, Bryant University international students can return to their residence hall rooms on Sunday, March 15. To assist Residence Life staff in keeping track of students who choose to return to campus while on-site classes are temporarily suspended, as well as any special circumstances our international students may be facing that need … Read more
  • Updates about classes, programming
    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 … Read more
  • Spring Break Travel Update
    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 … Read more
  • COVID-19 Update/Spring Break Travel Planning
    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 … Read more