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.

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.

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.

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.

Due to COVID-19, the Office of Counseling Services will provide services in person at the office, or via telephone, or Zoom Health (ask about our Zoom Room) under the RIDOH guidelines only with 6-foot physical distancing, mask wearing, and following all COVID safety protocols until further notice.

Counselors are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to provide free, confidential counseling or consultation to all Bryant students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs. 

Students interested in initiating counseling services can email Bryant Counseling Services at bcs@bryant.edu to set up a first meeting with a counselor via phone, or Zoom.  Any questions, please call us at 401-232-6045.

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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)