Fall residence hall closing information
Fall residence hall closing information
Friday, Nov. 13, 2020
When we began the fall semester, we had a shared goal: keep our community safe and finish classes together. This week the entire Bryant community has much to be proud of. WE DID IT!
Under extremely challenging external conditions, we have had a strong semester of active learning and enriching student life programs. This is thanks to the dedication and commitment of our students, faculty and staff. Bryant has conducted more than 60,000 COVID surveillance tests with full population testing every week and an extremely low overall test positivity rate. Our positive cases most frequently came from exposure off campus and often among those already in quarantine.
This is our last week with a full set of tests and representative data, so with today’s update we will pause weekly reporting of our test positivity rate until we begin spring semester classes on campus.
As you depart from campus, finish strong and stay strong. Cases of COVID-19 are climbing throughout the region and around the world. Please continue to take every precaution to stay healthy by remaining vigilant and following best practices including masking, social distancing, frequent hand washing and avoiding gatherings that create risk of exposure to the virus.
We wish everyone a healthy Wintersession break with loved ones and will continue to communicate and keep you informed as we plan to welcome everyone back on campus for the spring term.
MAC Testing Center Hours
Starting on Monday, Nov. 16, hours for the campus surveillance testing clinic in the MAC will be Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
In advance of their departure from campus, students who are currently testing once per week will have the opportunity to transition to testing twice weekly until they depart from campus. A final COVID test is required within 24 hours before student departure. To avoid overcrowding in the MAC Testing Center, the student test schedule is:
  • First-year students: Mondays and Fridays
  • Sophomores and Juniors: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Seniors: Mondays and Wednesdays
If your test schedule does not align with your planned departure date to give you a test within 24 hours of when you will leave, you can use the COVID Bookings app to schedule an alternate time.
The testing center will be closed Nov. 25-27.
Fall Residence Hall Closing Information
Resident students should tell their RA if their departure date has changed.
All students must vacate their residence hall no later than 24 hours after their last final exam and no later than 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Only students who reside in the Holiday Inn Express and Suites will need to move-out completely. All students living on campus may keep belongings in their room over the winter break but will not be able to access their room over the break. We encourage students to bring any items they may need over the break home. Frequently forgotten items include textbooks, laptops, medications, passports/ID, and eyeglasses/contact lenses.
Students are permitted to have two family members assist with their move-out. Family members should complete the Health Checker App to enter campus, must wear a mask, and practice social distancing while on campus and in the residence halls. Families are expected to adhere to a three- hour timeframe from their arrival during the move-out process.
In January, students will receive details regarding scheduling their move-in appointment for the Spring 2021 semester. Students will select a move-in date from Saturday, Feb. 6, Sunday, Feb. 7, or Monday, Feb. 8. All students will have a three-hour time frame to move-in and can bring two family members to assist.
Health Services
Nov. 30 - Jan. 15, Health Services will offer in-person clinical hours, 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with remote telehealth on Tuesday and Thursday. Health Services will be closed Dec. 21-Jan. 1 and Jan. 18.
Campus Parking During Wintersession
Any students, faculty or staff planning to leave a vehicle on campus during Wintersession must move the vehicle to Lot N. This is to allow Facilities staff and external vendors room to clear any snow in the main parking lots that may accumulate during this period. To get to Lot N, take the first sharp left after the Entry Control Station as you enter campus. Lot N will be on your left, opposite the Town Houses. Thank you for your cooperation. Vehicles that are left unattended in any other lot during this period may be subject to tow at the owner’s expense.
Returning and Selling Textbooks
Rental textbooks are due back to the Bryant Bookstore by Tuesday, Nov. 24. If you are unable to get to the bookstore before you go home, you will still be responsible for getting your books back to the bookstore by Nov. 24. You can drop them off at the store or mail them back. If you mail your rental textbooks back, please include your name, phone number, and email address. Please email your questions to the bookstore at bookstore@bryant.edu.
Mail rental books to:
Bryant University Bookstore
Fisher Student Center
1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917
If you want to sell back purchased textbooks, you can bring them to the store and sell them back for cash before you leave. You can also sell them back on the bookstore website, www.bryantushop.com.
Fisher Student Center Hours
Keep up to date on all services and hours for the Fisher Student Center on the Fisher Student Center Instagram page: @fisherstudentcenterbryant
My Bryant Transit Hours for Winter Break
If you need a ride, you can sign up for the following dates by sending an email to skazanjian@bryant.edu: Nov. 23, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Dec. 21, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Dec. 28, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.. You can use My Bryant Transit by going “On Demand - Tap Ride” on the following dates: Dec. 3, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 10, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.; Dec.18, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.; Jan. 7, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.; Jan. 14, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.; Jan. 21, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. You can request for approved locations at info.bryant.edu/transportation
Amica Center
The Amica Center for Career Education is going 100% remote for winter break, beginning Nov. 30. We will continue to offer services by Zoom and phone, Monday-Friday during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). Students seeking to schedule a career coaching appointment during the winter break (except when the campus is closed for the holidays) can easily schedule by email (careers@bryant.edu) or by logging into their account on Bryant Career Connection.
The Bryant University Career Jump Start Program is Back
After a highly successful program launch in August, the Bryant University Career Jump Start Program returns with two sessions offered over the 2020/2021 winter break. Bryant University Career Jump Start is a one-day intensive program designed to quickly equip students with a core set of career-related skills they can use immediately. Through the program, students will:
  • Learn about the following core components of career development:
    • Skills, Values, Interests
    • Résumé Writing, Cover Letter Writing, LinkedIn, Personal Branding
    • Interviewing and Networking Skills
  • Participate in a private networking event with employer Talent Acquisition Specialists
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion
  • Receive an individual career consultation with a panel of career development experts
Bryant University Career Jump Start will take place virtually on Tuesday, Dec. 8, and Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The programs run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited to 20 student participants per session.
Registration Deadline: Nov. 30, 2020
Please direct all questions to Liam Hillery and Veronica Stewart
Counseling Services and Mental Health
Bryant Counseling Services remains committed to supporting all students’ wellbeing and resilience. In light of the campus transition to online course delivery during Wintersession 2020-21 and current COVID-19 crisis, as well as recommendations from the Rhode Island Department of Health and CDC, the Office of Counseling Services will deliver counseling sessions via phone or Zoom Health Nov. 24 through the start of the spring 2021 term. Wintersession counseling sessions are available for Bryant students enrolled in graduate or Wintersession programs or living on campus during winter break. Counselors are available for confidential counseling or consultation Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., at no charge.
Students interested in initiating counseling services can email bcs@bryant.edu to schedule a meeting with a counselor. Prior to meeting, students will be asked to sign an informed consent form for telehealth and provide student ID information. In some cases, telehealth may be prohibited by state law. Your assigned counselor will assess individual needs with you and help to find appropriate resources if it is outside our scope of services.

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