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FAQ for international students and families

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When am I expected to arrive on campus? 

Sunday, August 2 – Wednesday, August 5: New international students who are subject to quarantine and are attending 4MILE@bryant move in starting August 2 and begin self-quarantine on campus.

August 9: Returning students who are subject to quarantine according to the RI Department of Health start moving in.  If needed, returning students can arrive as early as August 5. As of June 10, the State of RI requires a 14-day quarantine for:

  • Students who arrive from a location outside of the 50 U.S. states or the District of Columbia
  • Students entering Rhode Island from an area still under stay-at-home order or another similar type of restriction.

August 19: New students who are not subject to quarantine move in.

August 23: Returning students who fall into one of these following categories move in. I

  • Students who are not subject to quarantine, and students who have completed 14-day self-isolation (specific guidelines below).

What is campus quarantine going to look like?

Students will be assigned a temporary quarantine room for 14 days prior to moving to their fall housing assignment. The specific details regarding food delivery, and health and safety measures will be announced once Bryant’s reopening plan has been reviewed and approved by the RI Department of Health.  

I am subject to 14-day quarantine.  Can I self-isolate myself at my family/relative’s/friend’s place off-campus before moving in?

Prior to returning to campus, students may complete the 14-day quarantine period at the home of a family member in any state that does not have a stay-at-home order in place.

Will I be able to get an F-1 visa and enter the U.S.?

As you are aware there are currently many travel restrictions in place limiting travel to the U.S. Although visa appointments are not immediately available in many areas around the world, students can complete their visa application and make a future appointment.  You may be able to obtain a visa through expedited processing with an updated I-20 with new program start date. This option is usually available for new or continuing students if there are no regular appointments available and you need to travel to the U.S. within 60 days.

As the travel situation improves, we hope that more appointments will open and that travel restrictions will be lifted in time for students to arrive in the fall. Please continue to check with your local embassy/consulate (https://www.usembassy.gov) for updates.

I’m a new international student. What if I cannot arrive in time for the start of my program?

We understand that these are challenging circumstances, and there is not a deadline for incoming first-year students to arrive on campus. Any student who arrives late will be subject to the 14-day quarantine per RI Department of Health guidelines, and will be able to self-quarantine in the campus residential area designated for this purpose.

I’m a returning international student. What is the latest date I can arrive to resume my study if I am delayed by visa issues and/or continued travel restrictions?

We understand that these are challenging circumstances. Returning international students can return to campus until midterm. If students cannot return, students will need to take classes online for the entire semester in order to receive grades and credits. If late-arriving students are subject to the 14-day quarantine per RI Department of Health guidelines, because of limited quarantine space on campus during the semester, quarantine arrangements will be made case by case. Students may need to be quarantined in the same building with other students who may have been exposed to COVID-19 or may need to make arrangements to quarantine off campus in a state that is not on the quarantine state list of Rhode Island.

Can I take classes online from abroad?

Yes.  All class sessions will be available online via live streaming, and/or recorded for later viewing by lecture capture.

Will I need a new visa to take classes online from abroad or if I decide to take a semester off?

You do not need a student visa if you are studying remotely or not studying at all; however, you will need a valid F-1 visa when you return to the U.S.  Students who decide to take a semester off by not taking courses should be aware how a leave of absence may impact the student’s eligibility for a practical training. Contact OISS if you have questions about your F-1 visa.

As an international student, how will the remote status impact my visa status?

The interim guidance from the Department of Homeland Security allowed students to study online virtually from their home country for the last semester. It is not clear yet if this policy will be extended for the fall semester. If new guidance does not allow for virtual study on your current I-20, you may have to return on new “initial” I-20 under different SEVIS number. This will impact students who are wishing to apply for a practical training within a year because students returning on new initial I-20 must enroll one academic year (fall and spring semesters) before the student becomes eligible to apply for work authorization.  Any update concerning the remote status for international students will be announced as soon as the final guidance from the DHS is available.

Can I stay on campus through winter sessions once in-person classes end in November?

International students will be able to stay on campus through the winter sessions.

Will the tuition be the same if I take online classes from abroad?

Yes. Bryant faculty and staff have worked very hard to ensure the safe continuance of our in-person classroom experience. Access to online classes is offered not as an option, but only as a short-term accommodation for students who are ill or who cannot travel to campus due to the pandemic.

Does the health insurance offered by Bryant University cover the coronavirus?

This information is evolving as we navigate this unprecedented situation. The most up-to-date information can be found at www.wellfleetstudent.com.  For specific information for COVID-19, you can follow these steps:

  • Enter “Bryant” in the “Search For Your School” box and select “Bryant University.”  
  • Scroll down to “Forms and Resources” and click the arrow.
  • Find “coronavirus update” at the bottom.

Contact Information:

Kaoru Paganelli, Assistant Director, OISS, kpaganel@bryant.edu

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

FAQ: Graduate Programs Fall 2020 Return to Campus

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  • Will Graduate Programs return to face-to-face meetings in the Fall 2020 semester?

Yes, the plan is for graduate programs to resume face-to-face meetings beginning in the Fall of 2020. Please note that graduate programs will adhere to University, CDC and WHO guidelines for social distancing and sanitation.

  • When will classes begin?

Graduate programs will begin alongside undergraduate classes as of August 25. Classes will start on Aug 25, with an end date of Nov. 13, and include a Final examination period of Nov. 14-24.

  • Will classes be the same?

You will still have the same world-class faculty and outstanding peers. In terms of class format, we will have you in person as frequently as possible. Again, we are committed to adhering to relevant guidelines, including cleaning and social distancing. Based on current guidance, this means that classrooms will be disinfected regularly, and students will be spaced six feet apart. While classrooms have not yet been assigned, this may mean that some students will participate remotely on some days, while others participate in person, on a rotating basis.

  • What technology will be available?

We are committed to providing the highest quality educational experience for our graduate students. Each classroom will include remote lecture capacity including cameras and microphones in order for classes to be broadcast remotely. Slides will be shared and instructors will use document cameras as needed. Classes will be recorded as well.

  • What if I get sick?

Each day before coming to campus, you will be required to complete a short survey on banner. If you are not feeling well, we ask that you stay at home. If you are still able to participate in class, you are encouraged to do so remotely until you are well again. We will be prepared to accommodate you using technology listed above.

Extended illnesses (COVID-19 or otherwise) will be handled on a case-by-case basis per normal university guidelines. Accommodations may include an incomplete grade for the course.

  • What if other students are sick?

Every student will be required to complete a short survey on banner before coming to class. If students are ill, we ask that they stay home. If a student who is ill comes to class, faculty will request that the student leave campus and participate remotely until they are well again. If you notice a student who is obviously unwell, you are encouraged to notify your instructor.

  • I am an international student. What if I cannot get clearance to come to campus in time for classes?

We want you to know how much we need your participation in our programs. Your unique experiences and perspectives add significantly to discussions and the tenor of the class. If you are unable to get clearance to come to campus, you will be allowed to participate remotely until you receive clearance, using the technology outlined above. For specific concerns, please contact Kaoru Paganelli at (401) 232-6955 or by email at: kpaganel@bryant.edu.

  • Will the Global Immersion Experience be a part of the MBA program this year?

It is our strong hope that we will be able to travel as we have in the past. We have had several discussions with partners throughout the world who are ready to help facilitate the experience. However, we may need to modify or alter the format of the experience based on health concerns as we get closer to the date of the trip. We will continue to provide updates as we have them. As we make decisions, the safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our highest priority.

  • What is the grading policy?

While a P/F policy was in place for the Spring 2020 semester during our unexpected transition to remote learning, this policy has been discontinued. Graduate Programs will return to a traditional letter grade system for the fall semester.

  • Besides social distancing, are there other safety requirements?

Yes. Everyone entering the campus will be required to complete a “Health Tracker Questionnaire” that is available for download from Bryant website. In addition, students will be required to wear face masks while on campus (including while in class). Faculty may be required to stand behind plexiglass while lecturing.  Frequent handwashing will be encouraged, and hand sanitizer stations will be provided at several areas on campus.

FAQ: Fall 2020 dining

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How will Bryant University maintain social distancing in Salmanson Dining hall?

Bryant will offer a staggered meal service, with reduced capacity at each seating to eliminate potential crowding. The dining hall entrance and exit will be monitored to oversee the flow of traffic and capacity, and we will install six-foot markers for the queue of students entering the dining hall.

The dining tables inside our main dining hall will be spaced in updated configurations to meet six-foot social distancing requirements.

Floor markers and point-of-use signage will be prominently displayed to remind students of CDC guidelines and encourage distancing. 

Will students be required to wear masks in the dining halls?

Yes, in compliance with State of Rhode Island regulations, face masks/coverings are to be worn in all Bryant University public areas including dining areas, meeting rooms and classrooms, hallways, and high-traffic outdoor walkways where it is difficult to maintain safe distance. The exception is when the students are seated in the dining hall and enjoying their meal.

What measures is Bryant taking to assure heightened food safety procedures and cleaning protocols in the dining areas?

For maximum food safety, all self-service options such as the salad bar will be eliminated.

We will increase our frequent cleaning of tables and touchpoints. High-touch surfaces will be sanitized and disinfected with professional-grade products multiple times each day.

 What is Bryant doing to encourage contactless dining transactions?

We are installing additional technology including touchless entryways, online ordering, cashless payments, and delivery options to limit contact between students and dining staff.

To give our students more dining options, The Scoop, located in the Fisher Student Center, will serve as an additional take-out location. This summer the Scoop venue will be converted to an additional space for grab-and-go meals. 

We will also expand options for prepackaged meals and carryout orders, potentially including delivery where feasible.

If a student is ill and required to isolate or quarantine, how will they get their meals?

Safe meal delivery options will be provided for any students experiencing symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19.

What safety measures are required of Bryant’s food service personnel?

While on campus, Bryant dining employees will utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including wearing face masks and gloves when in the dining facilities.

Dining service employees will regularly report on their health, including temperature checks.

Dining staff will continue to wash hands thoroughly and frequently.

For more information on campus dining safety related to the COVID-19, please visit https://content-service.sodexomyway.com/media/UNI_COVID19_Communication_studentparent_tcm52-104349.pdf?url=https://campus.sodexomyway.com

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

2020 Room and Board Refund Update

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As communicated in a prior email from President Machtley, Bryant University will be crediting your student account for room and board charges for those days that students were not able to return to campus after spring break, from March 15th until the end of the semester.   This credit will be applied to your student account in the upcoming week.

The housing and meal plan credit was calculated by using a daily rate for the appropriate type of housing and meal plan in which you were enrolled.  Students receiving institutional aid to cover room and board charges will be credited proportionally after adjusting for this aid.  Additionally, if students received a permit to stay on campus after spring break, charges will be adjusted for those additional days.     

If the adjustment results in a credit balance on the student account, the credit can remain on the account and be applied toward charges for next semester.  Alternately, a refund can be requested by following the instructions below:

  • Select Banner from the Quick Launch dropdown menu on the My Bryant Portal
  • Select BANNER SELF-SERVICE SSO
  • Log in using your My Bryant Portal login credentials
  • Select Student Services and Financial Aid
  • Select Refund Request Form
  • Complete form and click Submit Request

If you wish to be issued a refund, we recommend that a direct deposit refund request be submitted in order to expedite the refund process.  If applying for an electronic refund, please validate the bank account information on the Student Account Center under the refund tab.  If you are unsure how to do this, please watch this instructional video on how to apply for the refund:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spXpWIYdcEw

If you are requesting a paper check, please allow additional time versus the direct deposit refund method. The Bursar’s Office will be processing refund requests as quickly as possible and we appreciate your patience during this busy time.  If you have specific questions, you can contact the Bursar’s Office at (401) 232-6030 or, by email, at bursar@bryant.edu.

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.

Information on residence hall move-out

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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 due to the University closing for the remainder of the semester.   We have developed procedures that will facilitate the move-out process while adhering to social distancing guidelines giving everyone maximum flexibility to accomplish move out.  The deadline to move-out is as follows:

Tuesday, May 12th – Residents of Townhouses, Providence, Jamestown, Cumberland, Lincoln and Newport
Saturday, May 30th – Bristol, Warren, Barrington, Charlestown, Richmond, Kilcup, Westerly, Hopkinton, Exeter, Coventry, Scituate, and Tiverton

To schedule an appointment to move-out:
Step 1 –Complete this application.  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.  You will need your parking pass to enter campus.

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.  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 on your door tag.  Please deposit the envelope with your key in the drop box at Entry Control as you leave campus.

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.

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 the move out date specified for your residence hall, please complete Request to Store/Pack Belongings Form by Friday, May 1st to make arrangements to pack up your belongings and put them in storage until you can retrieve them.  We are currently getting estimates for a summer storage charge, and we will let you know when we finalize the expense.

If you have an extenuating circumstance and need additional assistance moving out, please contact the Office of Residential Life at reslife@bryant.edu or 401-232-6140 for assistance. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time.

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.