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Facts related to employee’s positive coronavirus test

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We have learned that a Bryant employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee’s test was administered on Monday, April 6 and we learned the results of the test yesterday.  Below are the important facts related to this case. 

  • This employee last worked at Bryant during the second shift in the Unistructure on Friday, March 27, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  During the employee’s shift the employee had no contact with students and limited contact with other Bryant employees in the Unistructure.
  • Although health professionals do not think this employee could have infected those around them or the community, out of an abundance of caution we have reached out to advise those employees with whom the affected employee may have had any contact – even if they maintained appropriate social distance.  If you have not been notified, then you are considered not to have any increased risk because of exposure to this individual.
  • Following their final shift at Bryant on Friday, March 27, the employee worked a second job over the weekend of March 28-29.  Prior to returning to work on Monday morning, March 30, 2020, the employee, to their credit, informed their supervisor that they learned on March 28 that may have been exposed to the virus on their second job, as other people at the second employer had tested positive for the virus.  
  • The employee’s supervisor immediately contacted Human Resources and Health Services, and in an abundance of caution, the employee was placed on self-quarantine for 14 days.  The employee has not returned to campus since March 27, 12 days ago.
  • On April 6, 2020, after learning that more people at the other second-job facility where the employee worked over the weekend of March 28 had tested positive for the virus, the employee immediately voluntarily underwent COVID-19 testing as test are now more readily available in Rhode Island.  Although the employee is still asymptomatic and showing no signs of the virus, the employee’s test came back positive yesterday.  

Anyone who has any questions or concerns relating to potential contact with this individual should reach out to Facilities supervision (232-6082), Human Resources (232-6010), or Health Services (232-6220) for advice and counsel.  Also, please remember that if you are experiencing any COVID-19 like symptoms, or know or suspect that you may have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus, even if asymptomatic, please call your supervisor BEFORE returning to campus.

We, as the Bryant community, wish this employee and their family wellness and grace during this very difficult time.

Thank you, and please continue to be diligent in practicing social distancing and other important hygienic practices.

Withdrawal date extended

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The last date for a student to submit a request for a withdrawal “W” grade has been extended from Friday, April 3, to Friday, May 1, the last day of classes and before the final exam schedule begins on Monday, May 4.  The Registrar’s office has created a fillable .pdf that faculty and students can find at https://my.bryant.edu/portal/registrar/.  

Completed forms with faculty and student typed signatures should be sent to the Registrar’s office for processing at registrar@bryant.edu. Withdrawals are not official until processed in the Registrar’s office.

Please make sure to report to the Registrar students who have not responded to your emails or have not joined in on the online teaching. 

Please also let the Registrar know of any issues/questions and know that teh office will help and assist you in any way possible. 

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.

Registration begins tomorrow, Thursday, April 2

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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

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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 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 reslife@byant.edu, 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 reslife@bryant.edu 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. 

Sincerely,

Inge-Lise Ameer

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Bryant Bookstore

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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

Rental Returns

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.

Bookstore@bryant.edu

401-232-6240

Stan Stowik
Bookstore Manager               
Email:  sstowik@follett.com

ACE and Advising Updates

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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 scarter@bryant.edu.

Undergraduate Advising

  • 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/BryantRegAs 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 lhazard@bryant.edu.

Survey on Online Learning

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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

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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

Amica Center Transitions to Virtual Delivery

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As of Tuesday, March 17, Bryant’s Amica Center for Career Education has shifted its service delivery methods amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. As a measure of community care focused in student, staff, faculty, and employer partner health safety, the Amica Center has gone virtual with its services until otherwise announced. 

Remaining Open

The Amica Center remains open for business and regular hours are:

  • Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Amica Center staff are reporting for work and are available for phone calls and virtual 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.

Faculty

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!

Employers

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: nfriel@bryant.edu or 401-232-6353