Campus Life

Life will be different this fall. By uniting around health and safety protocols, the Bryant community will be able to have the best possible campus experience.

With its oversight for Health Services, Residential Life, Student Engagement, Public Safety, and other key departments, the Student Affairs Division plays an integral role in the health and safety of all Bryant students. The division’s comprehensive plan combines the expertise of professionals from these departments with state and federal guidelines to provide concrete, actionable steps, policies, and procedures for a variety of foreseeable circumstances.

Foot traffic patterns

Social distancing requires us to conduct business in new ways, including modifying foot traffic patterns so that everyone can maintain safe distancing. See the maps here.

Return to Housing COVID-19 Questionnaire

All residential students will be required to complete the Return to Housing COVID-19 Questionnaire through the housing portal in July. Students will answer a series of questions, re-sign the housing terms and conditions, acknowledge they have reviewed the Student Handbook including the revised Title IX regulations, and Health and Safety Addendum. The questionnaire will need to be completed prior to signing up for a move-in appointment.

Medical accommodations in housing

Residential Life staff will do their best to accommodate students requesting medical accommodations in housing. Limited space will be available for vulnerable populations. Please contact the Office of Residential Life to speak with a staff member regarding your housing needs. We encourage you to consider virtual courses for the fall semester if you require a medical accommodation and do not feel comfortable living on campus. 

Distancing

Residential Life has done extensive analysis regarding occupancy adjustments and distancing needed to address COVID-19 requirements in student rooms, common areas, and bathrooms. Various options are being considered to ensure proper distancing in student living areas. Some actionable steps include:

  • closure of building lounges and common kitchens
  • spacing or removal of furniture where necessary
  • social distancing during move in
  • limiting visitors to campus
  • designating one-way traffic patterns in halls
  • posting schedules for bathroom access/limitations
  • contingency plan of reserving hotel rooms as needed

Cleaning

Facilities staff using approved disinfectants will increase daily cleaning of bathrooms in residence houses. Students residing in townhouses will be trained on proper cleaning of their residence and supplied with cleaning supplies. Additionally, Facilities will continuously clean all hallways, bathrooms in the classroom buildings, and high-touch areas throughout the day. Purell dispensers will be distributed broadly across campus.

Quarantine and isolation spaces

Space has been designated for students who may need to be quarantined or isolated during the academic year. Adjustments will be made to relocate students currently assigned to these areas. Students who become ill or require quarantine will have the full support of the Student Affairs Division to provide food delivery, medications, laundry and other necessities during isolation or quarantine.

The move-in schedule will be expanded to adhere to social distancing guidelines to the following dates:

  • First-year Move-in - August 18th and 19th
  • Transfer Move-in - August 20th
  • Returning Student Move-In – August 23rd and 24th

All residential students will be required to complete the Return to Housing COVID-19 Questionnaire through the housing portal in July. Students will answer a series of questions, re-sign the housing terms and conditions, acknowledge they have reviewed the Student Handbook including the revised Title IX regulations, and Health and Safety Addendum. The questionnaire will need to be completed prior to signing up for a move-in appointment.

Move-in will be by appointment only. All resident students will receive an email in early August with instructions on the move-in process and directions to sign up for a move-in appointment.  Students will be able to bring two helpers over the age of 18 to assist with their move-in process. All helpers must wear a mask and practice social distancing while assisting their students with moving in.  

Students are encouraged to pack lightly for the fall semester and only bring essential items including masks/face coverings, thermometer, fever-reducing medication, hand sanitizer, head phones/earphones, and EPA-approved cleaning products.

Where will I be located to quarantine for 14 days on campus?

You will be placed in your fall assignment to quarantine.

How will I get my meals?

The University will deliver prepackaged meals for quarantined students prior to the start of the semester.

How will I get to choose what meals I am given during quarantine?

Bryant Dining will stock the rooms beverages and continental breakfast items including: water, fruit, granola bars, cereal, chips, and paper supplies (napkins/utensils) to cover 14 days per person. Breakfast items delivered in the evening for use the following day will include: breakfast sandwiches, milk, and yogurt (items needing refrigeration).

For lunch and dinner, you will have the ability to make choices daily. Those meals will be delivered to you.

How will I heat or refrigerate items that require this?

Residential Life will place microwaves and refrigerators in each individual room being used for quarantine.

How will I dispose of trash accumulated during my quarantine?

You will be provided with trash bags and will place your trash outside the door of your space. Campus Management staff will collect these trash bags daily.

What cleaning supplies will be provided in my room?

Campus Management will provide cleaning supplies and instructions on how to properly clean your space. Cleaning kits will include: Hillyard disinfectant bathroom cleaner #19, reusable nitrile gloves, safety glasses, quickie mop, bucket, rags, and a “How to Clean” poster. They will also provide linens for you and will change these out one time after week one of your quarantine.

Can I order food from off campus to be delivered to my space during quarantine?

You may not order food from off-campus vendors during your quarantine.

Can I go outside for a walk or a run during quarantine?

Per CDC guidelines on quarantine, to reduce the risk of contracting COVID or spreading COVID, it is recommended that quarantined individuals not leave their space for outdoor activity. CDC recommendations during quarantine include:

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing. Use this temperature log to monitor your temperature.
  2. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school (avoid public areas).
  3. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.
  4. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

How will I receive and send mail during quarantine?

The Post Office will process mail and packages as usual. You can pick up mail and packages upon completion of your quarantine.

Will laundry service be available during quarantine?

No. Please bring enough clothing for 14 days.

We recommend that students limit their local and extended travel off campus during the fall semester to essential only.

Please refer to the Travel and Quarantine FAQ on this page.

  • Please reference this Salmanson Dining Hall diagram for how traffic will flow.
  • Bryant Dining has provided a “How to Navigate Food at Bryant During COVID-19," which highlights the use of the GET App.
  • Discover the many menu options in Salmo this fall here.
  • Nick’s Place in the Fisher Student Center will offer 11 different meal exchanges to choose from, and the following locations will offer “Grab and Go” meal options throughout the fall: The Scoop in Fisher Student Center; Café a la Carte in the Unistructure (Grab and Go meals will be picked up on the upper level of the Roto); Bulldog Bytes in the Bello Center

How will Bryant University maintain social distancing in Salmanson?

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.

We have reconfigured entry to Salmanson so that students will be able to maintain the six-foot social distancing recommendation. Traffic flow into and out of the dining hall will be one way, entering at the top level and exiting from the main floor. All students will be required to wear a mask while waiting to enter.

A tent with flooring will be placed adjacent to Salmanson Dining Hall. With the added seating, the combined capacity with social distancing should be similar to what the dining hall alone would typically hold. Some chairs will be removed so that students sitting at tables will remain six feet apart.

Salmanson will still be “all you can eat.” For students’ safety, self-service will be replaced with dining staff distributing food to students. To ensure all students can enter and eat their meal in a timely manner, we will need students to enjoy their meal and leave the dining hall (no social congregating beyond eating your meal). We anticipate that students will complete their meal in 20 minutes and move on from the dining hall to avoid unnecessary contact with others.

The GET App

GET has been used at the University for years, but this year we have added enhanced features including GET My Card, which allows for touchless transactions using virtual IDs with bar codes displayed on your mobile device. Cell phone scanners will now replace a swipe of your ID at most locations, including Salmanson Dining Hall. GET Food has also been enhanced with four additional locations. This convenient way to order and pay will help speed up lines and food pickup to get you quickly on your way.  

Grab-and-Go options / contactless dining transactions

Bryant Dining will also offer a “grab-and-go” option in Salmanson for students who prefer a prepackaged meal to go. In addition to Salmanson, Bryant Dining has designated locations across campus for similar offerings. For lunch and dinner, students can pick up a prepackaged meal at The Scoop, Bulldog Bytes Café, Café a a Carte, and Nick’s Place. Social distancing plans, contactless payment, and space reconfigurations will be in place for safe food pickup at these venues.

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

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 m with professional-grade products multiple times each day.

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 facemasks 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.

Please see this document for more information on campus dining safety related to COVID-19.

Other food vendors on campus

Food vendors on campus have been asked to submit their COVID-19 plan for approval to operate on campus. All vendor employees will complete the Health Checker App before entering campus. Campus Management has worked with all food vendors to approve the reconfiguration of their space for proper social distancing and enhanced safety procedures.

Three-phase approach

The Student Engagement Office will implement a three-phase approach to student events adhering to the state's guidelines on restrictions to the number of individuals able to gather in one place. This three-phase approach will monitor success and increase in-person activities as allowed and only if success is achieved with student safety in previous phases. In-person gatherings will adhere to all state guidelines and will observe social distancing.

Cancellation of events

Any event requiring high-risk contact will be cancelled, postponed, or implemented virtually.

Please refer to the International Student FAQ on this page.

Please refer to the Study Abroad FAQ on this page.

No overnight guests will be allowed in any residence hall or townhouse.

Non-Bryant guests may be allowed on campus; however, they will be prohibited from entering any University residence hall or townhouse.

The maximum number of occupants within any University residence hall room, suite, or townhouse shall equal twice the number of persons living in that space. Examples include:

  • Two-person residence hall room – maximum of four (4) persons
  • Five-person suite – maximum of ten (10) persons
  • Seven-person townhouse – maximum of fourteen (14) persons
  • Barrington Suites - maximum of twelve (12) persons at any given time

As we finalize many details and decisions around how the campus will operate with COVID-19 restrictions, please be aware of the following: 

  • Masks must be worn by all students, faculty, and staff who are on campus and should be worn upon exiting a parked vehicle, bus, or shuttle. 
  • There will be no changes to parking on campus other than the mask requirement upon exiting your vehicle.
  • Traffic flow in all buildings has been reconfigured to social distancing guidelines. Please familiarize yourself with signage at building entrances and exits as well as directional signage in each building. You may find that you cannot navigate through a building in the same way you have in the past and may need more time to move from one location to another.
  • Bryant will be posting maps showing traffic flow in various buildings before students return.
  • Congregating in open spaces such as the Rotunda will be prohibited to maintain compliance with social distancing guidelines. Please be responsible and abide by all social distancing messages. 

So that you know what to expect at Rhode Island’s shops and restaurants off-campus, visit: https://reopeningri.com

The Bryant student Shuttle will run this fall. COVID-19 restrictions require all riders and drivers to wear a mask and the number of riders will be reduced for social distancing. The shuttle will be deep cleaned after each ride. All rides originate from Bryant. Hours of operation and confirmed locations will be announced prior to opening, and hours may be limited depending on driver availability. Students will request a ride using the TapRide App:

  • Download the TapRide App 
  • Login with Bryant credentials 
  • Choose “Start a Ride” and choose from one of the predetermined locations
  • All rides are free
  • A Bryant ID must be shown 

Current locations the MyBryant Transit Shuttle travels to (subject to change prior to opening):

5 Guys (Lincoln)
America’s Food Basket (Providence)
Asia Grille (Lincoln)
Chili’s (Lincoln)
Chipotle (Lincoln and Smithfield)
Condesa (Smithfield)

Corner of Wickenden St/Benefit St. (East Side, Providence)
Corner of Wickenden St/Hope St. (East Side, Providence)
Dave’s Market (Smithfield)
Federal Hill (DePasquale Square-Providence)
George Washington Medical Center (Lincoln)
Good Fortune Market (Providence)
IHOP (Lincoln)
J’s Deli (Smithfield)
Kennedy Plaza (Providence)
Michael’s (Smithfield)
New Asian Market (Providence)
Panera (Lincoln and Smithfield)
Providence Place Mall
Providence Train Station
Stop & Shop (Lincoln)
Target (Lincoln and Smithfield)
TF Green Airport
Thayer Street
Uno’s (Smithfield)