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Executive Summary Reopening Plan

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At the request of the RI Department of Health (RIDOH) we have submitted Bryant University’s plans for fall semester reopening.  The executive summary we prepared for RIDOH is now posted here.  Our comprehensive plan is still evolving and will be modified to reflect new information and to adapt to changing circumstances.  The plan’s ultimate objective is to balance the University’s primary concern for the safety of all members of the campus community with Bryant’s mission of providing a vibrant and innovative on-campus learning and living environment for students.   We look forward to working with the Bryant community and representatives of the State of Rhode Island towards these objectives

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.

FAQs: Bryant University Fall 2020 Reopening Plans

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Bryant is in the final stages of developing reopening plans that will be submitted to the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) for its review, feedback, and comments. The top priority of our collective efforts in this planning is to ensure a safe and healthy environment for every member of our community.  In an announcement shared with the Bryant community, incoming University President Ross Gittell, Ph.D., who takes office July 1, outlined plans for students to return to Bryant’s Smithfield campus in August.

When will students return to campus?

August 4:    Some varsity athletes return to campus

August 5:    International students return to campus and begin mandatory quarantine

August 19:  First-year students arrive on campus

Aug 23-24:  Sophomores, juniors and seniors arrive on campus

When will fall classes begin and end?

August 25:  Classes start for all students

Nov 13:       Classes end

Nov 14-24:  Final examinations

Nov 24:       All finals complete, semester concludes, students depart campus

Dec 10:       Grades submission deadline

Why has Bryant modified its fall academic calendar?

The early arrival will allow students to finish their fall academic work and complete final examinations by November 24, before Thanksgiving break, a modification of the academic calendar designed to mitigate any potential spread due to a fall COVID-19 resurgence. Bryant’s revised academic calendar ensures that all fall semester requirements related to instructional hours are met, and personalized interaction with faculty and staff maintained, while addressing health and safety concerns.

Are face coverings required on campus?

Throughout Bryant’s summer reopening and fall semester, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors will be required to wear a facemask while on campus, in accordance with campus guidelines, and to adhere to strict physical distancing practices.

What is planned to ensure safety in Bryant classrooms?

All faculty and staff will be required to wear a facemask while on campus, including in the classrooms. To ensure appropriate physical distancing within Bryant classrooms, some class attendance will be split between alternating sessions. All classrooms, residence halls, and community spaces will be cleaned with appropriate disinfectant on a frequent basis. Our plans for heightened cleaning include using electrostatic sprayers to clean classrooms multiple times each day, cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces on a four-six hour rotation.

Bryant has also made a significant investment in additional classroom technology, to ensure remote connectivity and further advance the University’s progressive teaching practices. All class sessions will be available on campus, via live streaming, and/or recorded for later viewing by lecture capture. 

How will Bryant coordinate testing for COVID-19?

Effective testing is essential to the safety of our community, and we are taking steps to ensure that timely, high quality, on-campus testing for COVID-19 can be conducted and overseen by our health services staff. This includes the acquisition of PCR testing equipment and expansion of our health services staffing. This will enable expeditious turn-around and accurate test results while avoiding potentially long waits as demand for testing in the community increases during any potential surge in COVID-19. The PCR testing equipment Bryant will deploy has been used successfully by major hospital systems (including Lifespan in RI) and other organizations domestically and internationally.

Bryant expects to begin testing when the equipment arrives in July. Detailed information on testing will be provided to the community and updated on a regular basis.   

What will Wintersession look like?

The period from Thanksgiving through January 25, 2021, between the fall and spring semesters, will allow students to take one or two courses specifically designed for effective, condensed, and remote delivery.  We plan to offer two sessions during this break: December 3-22 and January 3-22.  This will give students the opportunity to accelerate degree completion and even take an extra course or two to expand their learning and interests. 

Will the academic calendar for the spring 2021 semester be modified?

There are significant uncertainties associated with the coronavirus outbreak. We know that more information about the virus, its contagion and containment practices, and testing capabilities and protocols will be available over time. This makes contingency planning and organizational agility especially important. Bryant will continue to adhere to CDC guidelines and follow the guidance of government officials and health experts. Our reopening plans will be incremental.

Who created the plans for Bryant’s fall reopening?

Six Bryant committees, composed of more than 50 faculty and staff members, worked on the interdependent aspects of the University’s fall reopening. These committees include Health & Safety; Academic Programs & Technological Support; Student Life & Support; Athletics & Recreation; Facilities, Staff & Budgets; and Communications.

Will Bryant charge added fees for safety measures implemented to address the pandemic?

To achieve a successful and effective response to the global pandemic; by securing testing capacity, enhancing academic technology, and implementing facilities and operations redesign; will require Bryant to incur additional unplanned expenditures.  It is important to note that these unplanned but necessary expenditures will not be passed on as additional costs or fees for our students and their families.

Fall Reopening Plans from incoming President Gittell

I am excited to be on campus this week, another step in my transition toward assuming the presidency on July 1st.  My initial focus, during these first three weeks, will be on a healthy and safe fall re-opening of the campus, and continuance of Bryant’s strong educational programs and mission as we respond to the global pandemic.  These early days will also allow me the opportunity to get better acquainted with all of you, to listen and learn about Bryant, and to consider how we can make our community even stronger going forward.  

In response to the global pandemic, the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is our top priority as we prepare for the start of the 2020-21 academic year.  I am writing to update you on:

  • Our fall reopening plans
  • A modified academic calendar for the fall semester
  • Campus protocols and testing for COVID-19
  • New Winter Session opportunities for our students 

Bryant has worked hard to earn a growing reputation for academic excellence, and I am eager to build on that excellence in the face of unprecedented circumstances.  As many of you know, President Machtley and I have worked together closely to ensure a strong transition of Bryant University leadership on July 1.  I would like to thank President Machtley once again for his assistance in this regard.

I know that my first year as president will present challenges and learning opportunities for all of us.  Bryant’s pristine campus, secured entrance, location and moderate size, and culture of concern for the community are key assets that will serve us well.  Yet, there are significant uncertainties associated with the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on higher education.  We know that more information about the virus, its contagion and containment practices, and testing capabilities and protocols will be available over time.  This makes contingency planning and organizational agility especially important.  Through the hard work and commitment of so many in our community, Bryant has demonstrated a strong ability to innovate and adapt to student, society, and market needs.  I am optimistic that, with all of us working together, we can address these challenges and ensure the continuing success of this outstanding institution.  

Teams Preparing Reopening Plans

We have spent considerable time over the past months consulting with healthcare experts and with six Bryant committees (comprised of over 50 Bryant faculty and staff) working on interdependent aspects of our fall reopening.  These committees include Health & Safety; Academic Programs & Technological Support; Student Life & Support; Athletics & Recreation; Facilities, Staff & Budgets; and Communications.  Each team member remains ever mindful of the importance of maintaining the most essential elements of the unique educational experience Bryant provides in terms of instruction, residential life, student success programs, inclusive excellence, and extra-curricular activities.  All these elements are critical to fulfilling our mission of educating, preparing, developing, and supporting students for personal and professional success.  In addition, committee work has given priority to sustaining the collegial employment experience for which the University has been recognized as a great place to work.  

We are in the final stages of developing plans that will be submitted to the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) for its review, feedback, and comments.  The top priority of our collective efforts in this planning is to ensure a safe and healthy environment for every member of our community.  Reopening the campus and bringing students back early, allowing for completion of the fall semester before Thanksgiving, will substantially advance this objective. 

In alignment with plans Governor Raimondo announced yesterday for the reopening of all schools in Rhode Island in August, and with the planning of our peer colleges and universities in the state, Bryant’s campus-based student residential experience and instruction will commence in August. This will allow all students to finish their fall academic work and complete final examinations before the Thanksgiving break.  Returning to campus after the break would pose a significant risk due to the associated travel and extensive personal contacts.  This plan will mitigate any potential spread due to a fall COVID-19 resurgence. 

Fall 2020 Schedule

Based on the current available understanding of COVID-19 and the associated government recommendations, the fall semester schedule is planned as follows:

August 4:       Some varsity athletes, staff and coaches return to campus

August 5:       International students return to campus and begin mandatory quarantine 

August 19:     First-year students arrive on campus

Aug 23-24:     Sophomores, juniors and seniors arrive on campus

August 25:     Classes start for all students (simultaneous in-person and interactive lecture capture, see more detail below)

Nov 13:          Classes end 

Nov 14-24:     Final examinations 

Nov 24:          All finals complete, semester concludes, students depart campus 

Dec 10:           Grades submission deadline

The advantages of a phased reopening for the fall semester include:

  1. Allowing students to arrive in a staggered manner, rather than during one weekend, will allow time for the students to adjust to changes on campus.
  2. Enabling first-year students to have an on-campus orientation and receive the special attention they deserve as incoming students.  It also will make socialization into a residential academic environment more manageable for our first-year students, especially since residential life will be more complex with the implementation of public health-related practices. 
  3. Ensuring all fall semester requirements related to instructional hours are met, and personalized interaction with faculty and staff maintained, while addressing health and safety concerns. 

COVID-19 Testing

Appropriate and effective testing is essential to the safety of our community and the effectiveness of our efforts as an institution of higher learning.  We are taking steps to ensure that timely, high quality, on-campus testing for COVID-19 can be conducted and overseen by our health services staff; this includes the acquisition of PCR testing equipment and expansion of our health services staffing.  This will enable expeditious turn-around and accurate test results while avoiding potentially long waits as demand for testing in the community increases during any potential surge in COVID-19.  The PCR testing equipment Bryant will deploy has been used successfully by major hospital systems (including Lifespan in RI) and other organizations domestically and internationally.  In Singapore and Hong Kong, this testing, along with social distancing and other health protection strategies, helped achieve comparatively low infection rates.  Bryant expects to begin testing when the equipment arrives in July.  We also are pursuing a partnership with a nearby testing facility to further enhance adequate and timely testing capacity.  Detailed information on testing will be provided to the community and updated on a regular basis.   

Our current plan is to test all symptomatic Bryant community members and conduct random testing of representative samples of the campus population.  In addition, beginning on June 15, to help ensure that infected individuals do not come onto campus, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors will use the Bryant Health Checker App, or its equivalent, to complete daily attestations regarding any COVID-19 related symptoms and body temperature.

Campus Protocols

Throughout our summer reopening and fall semester, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors will be required to adhere to strict physical distancing practices and to wear a facemask while on campus in accordance with campus guidelines.  All classrooms, residence halls, and community spaces will be cleaned with appropriate disinfectant on a frequent basis.  Our plans for heightened cleaning include using electrostatic sprayers to clean classrooms multiple times each day, cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces on a four to six hour rotation, and equipping  custodial services staff with machines that provide higher level disinfection of all bathroom surfaces.  Wherever possible, Plexiglass shields will be installed in high-traffic locations (e.g., at the post office, library, bursar’s office, etc.) to help prevent direct contact between individuals.  Out-of-class activities will be strictly regulated to ensure compliance with all health and safety requirements, including physical distancing.  These include varsity athletics, intramural sports, concerts, stage performances, and student engagement activities.  In the event of a positive case on campus, we will complete a case investigation, contact tracing, and provide appropriately staffed isolation and quarantine facilities.

Faculty, staff, and students with immune deficiencies are encouraged to remain off campus.  Faculty and staff, depending on their individual situation and role on campus, will be presented, when possible, with options for continuation of their work. 

All class sessions will be available on campus, via live streaming, and/or recorded for later viewing by lecture capture.  To ensure appropriate physical distancing within the classrooms, some class attendance will be split between alternating sessions.  The Deans and the faculty are working on the development of appropriate pedagogical practices to meet health and safety guidelines.  A significant investment in additional classroom technology will ensure remote connectivity and build on Bryant’s well-known progressive teaching practices.  The Provost and I will share additional information by early July, including information about support for faculty and students as they prepare for different modalities of course delivery and access in the fall semester.   

Winter Session Opportunities

The period from Thanksgiving through January 25, between the fall and spring semesters, will allow students to take one or two courses specifically designed for effective, condensed, and remote delivery.  We plan to offer two sessions during this break: December 3-22 and January 3-22.  This will give students the opportunity to accelerate degree completion and even take an extra course or two to expand their learning and interests.  

In Closing

The top priorities in our planning for the fall semester are to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff; to continue the high quality Bryant education and student life experience; to listen and learn on important issues including those related to inclusion and social justice; and to sustain our positive employment experience.  

To achieve a successful and effective response to the global pandemic; by securing testing capacity, enhancing academic technology, and implementing facilities and operations redesign; will require Bryant to incur additional unplanned expenditures.  It is important to note that these unplanned but necessary expenditures will not be passed on as additional costs or fees for our students and their families. 

As the summer progresses, we will give priority to communications.  By July 1st there will be a COVID-19 microsite serving as a centralized repository and information hub, an email hotline and eNewsletter established, and there will be interactive communication platforms and other vehicles for inclusion and social justice listening learning and engagement.  These platforms will enable timely communication and the sharing of important information and perspectives.

The contributions of our dedicated faculty and staff, and their commitment to students and to Bryant, remains extraordinary and will help all of us through this challenging time in American higher education and for our nation and for Bryant University.

Thank you all for your strong commitment and contributions to Bryant.  Please remain safe and healthy.  We are in this together and all stronger and better for that.  

Sincerely,

Ross Gittell, Ph.D.

Incoming President

Guidelines for Returning to Campus

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As President Machtley recently announced, beginning June 15, 2020, we will start the process for returning to normalcy including bringing employees back to campus.   Our first priority is the health and safety of every member of our community. As the state of Rhode Island progresses through the phases of Governor Raimondo’s Reopening Rhode Island plan, we will implement our return to campus in such a way as to adhere to all of these guidelines as well as the return to work guidelines from the CDC. 

Please review the following initial return to campus guidelines, which apply to all Bryant employees (faculty, staff and student employees) when working on campus effective June 15, 2020. These guidelines may change at any time as conditions and/or circumstances warrant to ensure the health and safety of our community.  Updates will be provided through a three-point communication model wherein email updates are also posted to the emergency.bryant.edu site, as a centralized repository and information hub, and shared on the University social media accounts.  Please be sure to check emergency.bryant.edu for the most up to date information about Bryant University’s response to this evolving transition. 

STAFFING AND WORK HOURS

  • Only staff who have been approved to return to campus by division heads or department heads as part of the phased re-opening will be allowed on campus; these individuals will be notified by their supervisors. All other staff, even some who have opted to come to campus during the broad remote work period, will be expected to work remotely until they are advised they may resume working on campus. Individuals who are not on the list of approved personnel to return to campus will not be allowed on campus.  This is necessary to ensure that we don’t exceed allowed limits.
  • During the summer months, faculty without symptoms after completing a daily attestation (see below) may come onto campus to address their on-campus needs, although this is generally discouraged and should be limited to special situations.   Faculty coming onto campus will need to adhere to all of the other protocols in place for staff employees.
  • Employees who have COVID-19 related personal circumstances (i.e., childcare needs, being in a high-risk category, residing with an individual in a high-risk category, etc.) which impacts their ability to return to campus during the initial re-entry phase should work with their managers, division heads, and HR on their work arrangements.  
  • There may be staggered start times to control volume of traffic entering campus and being on campus.  This may include a partial or complete remote work assignment (for example, three days on campus and two from your remote work location). Employees should contact their manager/supervisor to confirm start time and work schedule details.

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

Deep cleaning high touch surfaces will take place in advance of the gradual return of employees to campus. Offices will be disinfected using an electrostatic spray system to ensure a safe environment.  Prior to returning to campus, faculty and staff should take a moment to review the following links containing CDC guidelines: Hand WashingSocial DistancingSneezing and Coughing.   Here are general guidelines and policies that will be implemented effective June 15:

  • Faculty and staff will self-certify, on a daily basis, that they have no COVID-19 symptoms or risk factors using the Health Checker Bryant University app for this purpose. This app is available via the Bryant Mobile App (which will pre-populate name and email address) or by going to Banner Self Service online. Campus access will not be granted without proper completion of this step, which should be completed before employees leave their homes to travel to campus.
  • If an employee reports a temperature or other symptoms/risk factors, they should not come to campus but should stay home. Employees must work with their manager/supervisor and Human Resources to determine next steps. 
  • In compliance with the State mandate, face masks/coverings will be required in all public areas at all times including hallways, dining areas, meeting rooms, high traffic outside walkways where it is difficult to maintain safe distance, etc. 
  • The University will provide 3 face masks for each employee. Gloves will be available for employees with frequent customer contact. Masks will be sent to returning employees via interoffice mail.  When you first return to campus, please wear a mask or face covering of your own.

ON-CAMPUS WORKING CONSIDERATIONS 

Employees will be required to maintain social distancing while on campus which will result in new ways of conducting business:

  • Employees may be asked to sit at another workstation for a period of time if there is not a significant enough distance between spaces within an office. 
  • Employees should plan to take all essential work with them at the end of each workday and be prepared to work remotely should on campus work guidance change.
  • There will be new occupancy limits for shared spaces (meeting rooms, breakrooms, auditorium, dining spaces, library, AIC Forum, AIC breakout rooms) based on social distancing and max gathering limits set by the RIDOH and Bryant University. 
  • The University will require that on-campus in person meetings be minimized and instead be conducted via Zoom or other video conferencing technology (even if individuals are working on site).
  • There will be limited dining options available on campus during the initial phased re-opening; for example, there will be no breakfast service in Gulski, although coffee service will continue.  There will be lunch available. Please practice social distancing at the coffee service and during lunch.
  • Staggered break and lunch times may be instituted to ensure social distancing guidelines can be met in dining facilities.  All staff and faculty with a private office will be asked to eat lunch within their office to allow space for individuals who do not have private space. 
  • Modified traffic patterns may be instituted in buildings and hallways; building entry points may be limited. 
  • Employees will be provided access to cleaning materials and will be asked to wipe down their personal workspace at least once a day; shared equipment (i.e., copiers, scanners, etc.) must be cleaned after each use. Cleaning supplies also will be available next to public microwaves and refrigerators and should be utilized after each use.
  • Employees will be asked to empty their office trash and recycle bins into a collection point in the common areas of the building.  This will allow the custodial staff to focus on deep cleaning activities in high use areas of the campus. 
  • Individuals on campus will be required to keep record of their activity on campus including visited spaces and staff, faculty, and/or student interaction.  This can be a personal written record or kept utilizing a contact tracing application such as Crush Covid Rhode Island or others. 
  • Campus visitors, other than deliveries required for standard business operations, will be limited and will require prior authorization.  All visitors will be required to provide their response to the Bryant University daily attestation prior to being allowed on campus.  Employees should continue to use video conferencing, to the extent possible, with off campus constituents or vendors. 
  • Students should only come on campus when approved to do so.

Guidelines may change as necessitated by public health guidelines and the campus’s operational needs. Since we will be operating in ways that are new to all of us, please be respectful of others, especially those who may be checking for your daily clearance to be on campus, and have patience with yourself and others as we transition back to working on-campus.

RESOURCES

There are many excellent resources available on the topics of face mask usage, the importance of social distancing, and handwashing.   Here are links to some of these:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc_yKQryMIQ – Face Masks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML3n1c0FHDI – Face Masks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlyxz2X97Do – Social Distancing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhR2Nym7Pbo – Social Distancing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IisgnbMfKvI – Hand washing

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/videos.html –  Hand Washing link to multiple videos CDC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ9aIoUxDBg – Sneezing and Coughing

STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY

We are all looking forward to beginning to interact with each other in person on campus once again, but this needs to be done in such a way as to help ensure the health and safety of all community members.  Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation as we phase in our return to campus.

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.

Revised Grading Policy for Spring 2020 semester

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Bryant takes pride in our commitment to academic excellence.  Certainly, our faculty and students understand the University’s collective commitment to success.  However, we must acknowledge that the COVID-19 crisis has made this an extraordinary time for higher education.  We fully recognize and appreciate the diligence, hard work, and remarkable innovation and flexibility our faculty have shown in meeting the challenge of moving an entire semester of teaching online within an extremely short period of time. 

Yet we also recognize that there are countless ways in which the global pandemic has created disruptions for our students.  Many have had to deal with less than ideal conditions while attempting to complete the semester (impacts of parents diagnosed, family members in the same home working remotely, siblings, etc.); many have experienced disparate or sporadic issues with their bandwidth and connectivity to the internet; others have not been able to obtain the same “in person” experience when going to seek extra help (although all of these are online and being carried out effectively by academic affairs’ staff, for many the experience of personal touch they are accustomed to enjoying is no longer “there”); and for those students who have learning disabilities, this transition can potentially be very problematic.  To say the least, these issues, among others, have made the second half of our semester difficult.  As a result, we want to ensure all of you are aware that the Registrar will note, on every transcript, that this spring semester of 2020 was impacted by the COVID-19 virus. 

With our combined commitment to academic rigor, as well as a true cognizance of the circumstances in which our students are now operating, and with great input from faculty, department chairs and students, the Deans and I have recommended a pass-fail option for undergraduate students.  President Machtley has formally approved our recommendation of an alteration to the grading policy for the spring semester of 2020. Faculty will evaluate students normally, using letter grades. However, we will provide an option for a “pass-fail” grade for all courses taken this semester. The option for a student to select a pass/fail will only be permitted after grades have been posted for each individual course. “Pass” grades will not count for the calculation of a student’s GPA but will still count toward degree completion and toward all other requirements based on GPA, such as, Dean’s List, Presidents’ List, Scholarships, Study Abroad, etc. (essentially, a “do no harm” impact).  Students intending to change their letter grades to P/F grades are advised to consult with their advisor to ensure such an option does not inadvertently impact their opportunity to pursue certain graduate programs, or to be removed from academic probationary status, etc.  Students considering exercising P/F option in any course should consult their advisers well in advance of the deadlines below. As a reminder, we have moved the last date for withdrawal from a given class until May 1, 2020 if that proves necessary.

The following schedule(s) for choosing pass/fail option will be strictly adhered to by the Registrar.

Undergraduate Programs:

Class of 2020/Seniors:   May exercise P/F option by Thursday, May 14, 12pm.

Classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023:  May exercise P/F option by Wed. May 20, 8am.

Graduate Programs:

Physician Assistant Program

Per accreditation guidelines (ARC-PA), as with any medical postgraduate program, our Physician Assistant Program will continue to grade in their normal process. 

Graduate School (MACOM)

The Department of Communication will retain its normal grading procedures for graduate students as outlined in the Graduate Course Catalog; however, requests for accommodations should be directed to Dr. Kevin Pearce, Chair of the Department (kpearce@bryant.edu).

Graduate School (MBA/MPAC)

Many of our graduate students have experienced the same difficulties as our undergraduates as outlined above. However, some of our graduate students were disrupted in other ways as well, including loss of childcare or significant changes to their work schedules. Because of this, we expect that Faculty teaching graduate courses also evaluate students normally, using letter grades. As with undergraduates, we will provide an exception for a “pass-fail” option for students in need of such a remedy for justifiable reasons.  “Pass” grades will not count for the calculation of a student’s GPA but will still count toward degree completion and toward all other requirements based on GPA.

The implications for graduate students may be far-reaching and could include issues with employer reimbursement, certification exam eligibility, or eligibility for other graduate programs in the future. As with undergraduates, we advise that graduate students considering this option consult with their advisors, instructors and employers as appropriate well in advance of the deadline.

PMBA students, whose courses are typically online, may petition for the “pass/fail” option for the Spring term if they are able to demonstrate extraordinary difficulties stemming from the impact of COVID-19.

May Graduates of the MPAC Program: May exercise P/F option by Thursday, May 14, 12pm.

PMBA students: May exercise P/F option by Mon, May 25, 8am.

All other COB Graduate Students:  May exercise P/F option by Wed. May 20, 8am.

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.