- 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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 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 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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
24/7 Blackboard, Collaborate and Zoom support is available to faculty, staff and students as follows:
- By phone: 877-889-7773
- By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- By web chat: https://chat.edusupportcenter.com/chat/websiteChat?short_name=bryant&key=bryant2217
- By calling the Helpdesk (401-232-6111) and pressing ‘2’ on the phone menu tree.
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.
- 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.
- 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 things out of your Bryant room now regardless of the decision on April 17, we urge you to consider that alternative. We know this is a difficult time and resulting decision on move out but we want each student to make their own decision based on their particular situation. We have worked hard to develop procedures that will facilitate the move-out process while adhering to social distancing guidelines giving everyone maximum flexibility to accomplish move out.
Step 1 – You can schedule a date and time to move out by completing this application. Even if the campus opens for the last two weeks, there is a significant advantage of clearing out now and returning later with only two weeks’ worth of gear. As we all know some states with growing cases of Coronavirus may not be allowed back into the state of Rhode Island in the future. Waiting until April 17 could theoretically put your chances of returning if you reside in one of those states after April 17 in jeopardy. All requests must be received at least 48 hours in advance of the date you anticipate returning to campus. Students will only be permitted to bring two guests to assist with the move-out. Students who reside in a state where a “Shelter in Place” order is active will not be able to make an appointment to move-out until the order is lifted in their home state.
Step 2 – Residential Life staff will review your request and confirm the date and time for your arrival and that you are not a health risk. It is imperative that you arrive on the date and time for which you have been approved. Only students with a confirmed move-out application will be allowed to return to campus. This is necessary in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines and minimize the risk to our community. When your application is approved, you will also receive a parking pass which must be printed and placed on your dashboard when you arrive to campus. Do not show up to campus without a pass or you will not be allowed to enter.
Step 3 – Students who return to campus will only be allowed to go directly to their own room, pack up and depart. Students will not be allowed to visit other students who may be on campus, other rooms or other facilities on campus. There will be no service of food on campus and you should be aware that all restaurants in RI have been ordered by the Governor to stop serving. So we recommend you bring your own food if you are traveling from a distance. All items must be removed from your room, suite, or townhouse. All students will participate in express check-out and will sign out via the door tag on their room door.
Step 4 – Before leaving campus, you will need to return your key in the envelope provided. Please deposit the envelope with your key in the drop box at Entry Control as you leave campus.
Step 5- If you cannot return to campus to retrieve your personal belongings
If you are abroad or for whatever reason cannot return to campus now or before the end of the academic year to retrieve your personal belongings you must advise Residential Life at email@example.com, who will make appropriate arrangements to pack up your belongings and put them in storage until you can retrieve them.
We will have a supply of boxes, tape, and trash bags available in each residential area as well as laundry carts to assist with your move-out.
All students must complete the move out no later than Saturday, May 16th at 3:00 p.m. If you are unable to return to campus to move-out by this date, please contact the Office of Residential Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-232-6140 for assistance and information regarding packing, shipping, or storing your belongings.
We thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time.
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
- 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 & Deadline Extensions: The campus store is offering free shipping return labels and is extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail. Click the COVID-19 message on the home page of the Bryant Bookstore COVID-FAQ
In general, textbook rentals are due back to the bookstore on the last day of finals (May 12). The grace period has been extended 15 days (May 27). This extension will allow more time for in-transit rental check-ins to be processed before non-return collateral charges are processed. Free shipping labels are available to all US rental patrons until midnight of the due date (May 27). Current rental patrons will also receive a message regarding this extension.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact the bookstore staff.
- 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.
If you have any questions, please email Stephanie Carter, Director of ACE/WC, at email@example.com.
- The Undergraduate Advising Office will hold phone and Zoom appointments. To set up an appointment, call the front desk at 401-232-6210. On the day of your appointment, your Academic Advisor will either call you at your scheduled time, or send you a Zoom meeting link prior to your appointment. Please contact your Advisor through either a phone/Zoom appointment, or through email to review your course options for next semester.
- The course registration process has changed. To assist with the transition, we’ve made a new series of how-to-register videos using the new Banner 9 registration menu. You can find the Course Registration videos at bit.ly/BryantReg. As Course Scheduler is no longer available, we strongly recommend taking some time to familiarize yourself with the new process prior to your registration date. Check your Advisor’s Blackboard page for your graduating class for any updates.
- The Office of the Registrar has applied your fall 2020 course registration time-ticket. You can view your time-ticket on your banner account. Please refer to the course registration videos for assistance on how to view your time-ticket.
- The last day to withdraw from a course without academic penalty is Friday, April 3rd. If you have questions or concerns regarding potentially withdrawing from a course, please contact your Academic Advisor by scheduling an appointment or emailing them directly.
- If you have any questions, please email Dr. Laurie Hazard, Interim Director of Undergraduate Advising, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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, email@example.com , 401-529-4251
· Rabbi Steven Jablow, firstname.lastname@example.org
· Fr. Joe Pescatello, email@example.com , 401-451-3254
· Pastor Kevin White, firstname.lastname@example.org , 804-412-8203
- 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.
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.
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!
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: email@example.com or 401-232-6353
- 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 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.
If you have any questions, please email Stephanie Carter, Director of ACE/WC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Undergraduate Advising Office will hold PHONE appointments. To set up a phone appointment, call the front desk at 401-232-6210. On the day of your appointment, please call 401-232-6210 to check in and be transferred to your Advisor. If the line is busy when you call, please call back until you speak with our front desk. If you haven’t already, please schedule a registration appointment to review your course options for next semester.
- The course registration process has changed. To assist with the transition, we’ve made a new series of how-to-register videos using the new Banner 9 registration menu. You can find the Course Registration videos at bit.ly/BryantReg. As Course Scheduler is no longer available, we strongly recommend taking some time to familiarize yourself with the new process prior to your registration date. Check your Advisor’s blackboard page for your graduating class for any updates.
- The Office of the Registrar will send official communication regarding your registration time ticket and the official schedule of classes running this fall.
- The last day to withdraw from a course without academic penalty is Friday, April 3. If you have any questions or concerns regarding potentially withdrawing from a course, please call our front desk at 401-232-6210 for assistance.
If you have any questions, please email Dr. Laurie Hazard, Interim Director of Academic Advising at email@example.com.
- 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 to meals at the times listed below, please ask for guidance from a dining manager.
Pro-rated rebate of room and board charges
We expect to make a final decision about whether the campus will reopen for residential use by April 17, 2020. We will provide prorated refunds for any room and board not used when that decision is made. When the refund calculations are completed, any credit balance to a student’s account can be applied towards the next semester’s room and board, or a check can be mailed at the parent’s/student’s request. Seniors will obviously have refund checks mailed.
- 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 portions of textbooks on Blackboard as copyright law permits.
- While the Krupp Library cannot digitize textbooks or videos due to copyright concerns, the library staff can assist you in locating alternative textbook chapters or articles through already licensed databases, eBooks or open educational resources. Additionally, faculty have been advised that the library can investigate streaming media options for students if applicable to the course curriculum.
- Sam Simas of the Krupp Library’s staff is monitoring publishers’ policies on textbook copying for any possible liberalization during Covid-19 crisis and we will notify students if there are changes.
- Faculty are working with the Center for Teaching Excellence and Director of Online Learning to implement pedagogical solutions that minimize reliance on textbooks.
- Deans are inquiring about the possibility book rentals via Amazon to potentially make them available to students.
- Faculty are reaching out to publishers regarding electronic access to books.
This is a fluid and evolving situation, subject to abrupt change. We will make every effort to notify students in a timely fashion if there are changes or updates.
- 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 and Arcadia’s shutting down its program in Greece, please be assured that Bryant has a team in place should students need assistance completing the coursework started abroad. Dr. Laurie Hazard, Assistant Dean for Student Success, is the point person for this team (firstname.lastname@example.org; 401-232-6746).
For students studying abroad in other locations this semester, we understand that the situation is uncertain and that you may be thinking about returning home earlier than originally planned. The decision of whether to return to the U.S. from various study abroad locations is a difficult one for families. Should you decide to come back to the states, we have in place a team who will work with you to develop individualized plans so that you can complete through Bryant the coursework you started abroad. As above, Dr. Laurie Hazard, Assistant Dean for Student Success, is the point person for these plans (email@example.com; 401-232-6746).
Please keep Cindi Lewis, Director of Global Education, informed of student travel plans (firstname.lastname@example.org; 401-232-6209). Should you encounter difficulty finding a return flight to the U.S., please contact the in-country U.S. Embassy for assistance https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html. We will supply updates as more information becomes available.
Bryant staff are here to assist in any way we can.
- 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 to reside on campus overnight only with the explicit permission of the Vice President for Student Affairs. This permission may be requested by submitting the permission request form with a detailed explanation of the reason(s) for any overnight stays. A special residential ID will be issued to any individual whose request for permission has been granted. Students who remain on campus overnight without the requisite permit will be subject to immediate suspension. Here is the link to the permission request form: https://bryant.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/394549
This will limit the exposure of students, faculty, and staff and will prevent many non COVID-19 cases with similar symptoms that would require affected individuals to go into isolation.
· How can I get items from my room?
Students will be allowed to return to campus for brief visits to retrieve personal items (but no overnights without a permit).
If there are essential items that you need to collect from your room but you cannot get to campus, please contact Residence Life at email@example.com for assistance.
How may I remove items before the end of the academic year?
Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Inge-Lise Ameer will be providing guidelines for students who wish to return to campus to remove any remaining belongings prior to the end of the academic year. The procedure will involve students applying online to return to campus on a specific date and at a specific time. This will allow us to create a schedule that will maintain necessary social distancing practices. Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, or who has been in contact with anyone diagnosed with Coronavirus, should advise us of this fact and we will arrange for your belongings to be packed and stored until you are healthy and able to return for them. We will also pack and store the belonging of any students who have returned to their homes abroad or in distant states and are unable to return prior to the end of the semester. We will also temporarily restrict from campus – in accordance with the current directives of the RI Governor – anyone from New York or any other state experiencing a significant outbreak of the virus. Our principal goal is to ensure the health and safety of our community – particularly the 119 students who are currently residing on campus – as well as the returning students and their families who are picking up personal items.
· How can I get help with online learning?
While classes are delivered online, students should be able to log in from anywhere. If you do not have your Bryant laptop with you, you can use any desktop or laptop that you have access to or can borrow.
If you need an overview and primer on the use of Blackboard, or other online learning, review the resources available through Bryant’s Center for Teaching Excellence, cte.bryant.edu. Professors will be contacting all students and you can correspond directly through them with any difficulties.
Students can also contact Laptop Central for assistance, firstname.lastname@example.org, (401) 232-6550.
*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.
- 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 to be addressed, students have been asked to notify Residence Life of when they plan to return (date and time period) and their purpose for returning.
Information on campus dining is elsewhere on this page.
International students who do not plan to stay on campus for the next two weeks but need access to their room for the purpose of retrieving personal belongings should alert the Office of Residence Life. They will be provided access to their residence hall and should depart from campus once they have collected necessary items.
Visa and I-20 info for International Students Returning to Their Home Countries:
If you decide to go home while online courses are offered, please check your I-20 for travel signature on page 2. Travel endorsement is valid for one year. If you already had your I-20 signed for travel last semester, you do not have to get a new one.
If you are currently on-campus and you need a new signature, visit the OISS during office hours (M-F, 9am-4pm.). If you are off-campus or already home and need a new signature, you can request the OISS to ship your new I-20 using Eship Global. Required documents for re-entry can be found at: https://www.ice.gov/sevis/travel#_Toc81222004.
- Emily Collins Garcia, Bryant’s international student advisor, may be reached at email@example.com
- Kaoru Paganelli, assistant director of International Student & Scholar Service, may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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.”