Category Archives: Faculty/Staff

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.

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

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.

Faculty guidelines

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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 for a specified period of time, please immediately discuss (preferably via phone or email if you are symptomatic) the matter with your Dean to identify the best work arrangement for your safety, the safety of your colleagues, and the operational needs of the University. You are encouraged to explore alternative work arrangements — whether to care for yourself or for a family member who must be isolated for a specified period of time — by coordinating with your manager and Human Resources.

If your position is needed on campus to support the University’s operations, or an alternative work arrangement cannot be established, and you have been directed by a medical practitioner, the Department of Health, or the University to remain isolated for a specified period of time, please discuss the situation with your Dean and Human Resources.

In addition, the University provides a variety of leaves of absence, and you and your Dean can discuss which leave of absence is most applicable to your situation with Human Resources.

For questions related to alternative work arrangements or leaves of absence, please contact Human Resources via at HR_Private@Bryant.edu or contact your HR Business Partner directly:

Division HR Partner Contact Information
Academic Affairs Cathy Currie Erika Paquette ccurrie@bryant.edu epaquett@bryant.edu

IMPORTANT HEALTH INFORMATION

Employees are encouraged to continue to take the following steps to control the spread of viruses, including the coronavirus:

  • Contact your health care provider if you experience symptoms:  If you experience shortness of breath, a cough, or fever, please inform your Dean and contact your health care provider. Please do not report back to work until you either receive documentation from a healthcare provider with a return to work date, or you have been symptom free (no coughing, fever, trouble breathing or sore throat) without fever reducing medication for 24 hours. Faculty should contact Human Resources prior to returning to work. 
  • Sign up for Doctors Online:  As a reminder, faculty and their covered family members who are enrolled in the University’s health insurance plans have access to telemedicine services through Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Doctors Online program. This program provides you with on-line access to a certified health care provider through a phone or virtual consultation.  For additional information, please access the following link: https://my.bryant.edu/resources/human-resources/Doctors%20Online%20FAQ.pdf .
  • Take steps to prevent spreading the virus.  Even if you don’t have symptoms of the virus, but have been exposed to the following situations, please promptly notify your Dean and Human Resources to discuss an appropriate course of action:
    • If you have been in direct contact with someone who has been exposed to the virus.
    • If you have been in contact with someone who has traveled to a restricted country or region in the US (Check on the CDC web-site, https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel for up to date information on travel notices)
    • If you have travelled internationally, traveled on a cruise ship, or to a restricted region in the US. (Check on the CDC web-site, https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel for up to date information on travel notices)
  • Practice healthy habits.

*COVID-19 has presented colleges and universities across the country with unprecedented and rapidly evolving circumstances. To protect the safety and well-being of the Bryant community, Bryant University’s policies and procedures are subject to change as the situation progresses. Please check this site regularly for the most updated information.

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.

Staff guidelines

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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. The University will need the assistance of all healthy faculty and staff to maintain operations.  On a case-by-case basis, decisions will be made regarding which positions will continue to work on campus to provide required support, or if there are extenuating circumstances where alternative work arrangements may be warranted for certain positions.  We understand that some flexibility in the University’s support for alternative work arrangements and the administration of leave policies will be necessary as the University considers the most prudent means to respond to an evolving health situation.

  • What should employees do if they become ill or have questions about alternative work arrangements?

If you become ill with a sore throat, fever, or cold symptoms, or have received medical advice to be isolated for a specified period of time, please immediately discuss the matter (preferably via phone or email if you are symptomatic) with your manager to identify the best work arrangement for your safety, the safety of your colleagues, and the operational needs of the University. You are encouraged to explore alternative work arrangements — whether to care for yourself or for a family member who must be isolated for a specified period of time — by coordinating with your manager and Human Resources.

If your position is needed on campus to support the University’s operations, or an alternative work arrangement cannot be established, and you have been directed by a medical practitioner, the Department of Health, or the University to remain isolated for a specified period of time, please discuss the situation with your manager and Human Resources.

In addition, the University provides a variety of leaves of absence, and you and your manager can discuss which leave of absence is most applicable to your situation with Human Resources.

  • What should employees do if they receive approval for an alternative work arrangement?

If you receive approval from your manager and Human Resources to work remotely, you should confirm the assignments and projects you will be working on, and the expectations for regular check-ins with your manager and colleagues. You should also insure technology utilization conforms with the University’s Information Security Guidelines (https://is.bryant.edu/information-security/information-security-guidelines).  Employees should understand that alternative work arrangements will only be approved for short periods of time, and may be reassessed periodically as University business/operational needs change.

For questions related to alternative work arrangements or leaves of absence, please contact Human Resources via at HR_Private@bryant.edu or contact your HR Business Partner directly:

Division HR Partner Contact Information
Academic Affairs Cathy Currie Erika Paquette ccurrie@bryant.edu epaquett@bryant.edu
Athletics Erika Paquette epaquett@bryant.edu
Business Affairs Erika Paquette epaquett@bryant.edu
Enrollment Management Meaghan Trayner mtrayner@bryant.edu
Information Services Melanie Cluley mcluley@bryant.edu
International Affairs/ Bryant Zhuhai Cathy Currie ccurrie@bryant.edu
President’s Division (non-Athletics) Cathy Currie ccurrie@bryant.edu
Student Affairs Meaghan Trayner mtrayner@bryant.edu
University Advancement Kathy Langton klangton@bryant.edu

IMPORTANT HEALTH INFORMATION

Employees are encouraged to continue to take the following steps to control the spread of viruses, including the coronavirus:

  • Contact your health care provider if you experience symptoms:  If you experience shortness of breath, sore throat, cough, or fever, please inform your manager and contact your health care provider. Please do not report back to work until you either receive documentation from a healthcare provider with a return to work date, or you have been symptom free (no coughing, fever, trouble breathing or sore throat) without fever reducing medication for 24 hours. Employees should contact Human Resources prior to returning to work. 
  • Sign up for Doctors Online:  As a reminder, employees and their covered family members who are enrolled in the University’s health insurance plans have access to telemedicine services through Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Doctor’s Online program. This program provides you with on-line access to a certified health care provider through a phone or virtual consultation.  For additional information, please go to: https://my.bryant.edu/resources/human-resources/Doctors%20Online%20FAQ.pdf .
  • Take steps to prevent spreading the virus:  Even if you don’t have symptoms of the virus, but have been exposed to the following situations, please promptly notify your manager and Human Resources to discuss an appropriate course of action:
    • If you have been in direct contact with someone who has been exposed to the virus.
    • If you have been in contact with someone who has traveled to a restricted country or region in the US. (Check on the CDC website, https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel for up-to-date information on travel notices.)
    • If you have traveled internationally, traveled on a cruise ship, or to a restricted region in the US. (Check on the CDC website, https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel , for up-to-date information on travel notices.)
  • Practice healthy habits.

COVID-19 has presented colleges and universities across the country with unprecedented and rapidly evolving circumstances. To protect the safety and well-being of the Bryant community, Bryant University’s policies and procedures are subject to change as the situation progresses. Please check this site regularly for the most updated information.

Sincerely,

Tim Paige

Vice President for Human Resources

Resources for online classes

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1)   The Center for Teaching Excellence contains many important points and is helpful in answering FAQs that can arise.

2)   If you need equipment or tools to assist in your 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.