Frequently asked questions
The following FAQs are provided to help you stay informed about our reopening plan.
In addition, the Executive Summary Preliminary Plan, which contains a detailed overview of the full reopening plan that is under review by state regulators, is available here.
Updated as of 1/26/2021
Although there has not been a formal statement or updated visa guidance from the Department of Homeland Security, according to reports, a spokesperson for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced that spring 2021 guidance for international students related to the COVID-19 pandemic will remain the same as before.
Can I take classes online from home?
Yes. All class sessions will be available online via live streaming, and/or recorded for later viewing by lecture capture. International students who cannot return to campus for the spring can study remotely outside the U.S. and must apply for remote learning through Academic Affairs.
What is the impact on student visa status with remote learning?
- For continuing international students who were remote last fall and will continue to study remotely for the spring semester outside the U.S.: Your SEVIS record remains active as long as you maintain a full-time course load and make a normal progress to your study.
- For continuing international students who were studying in person for the fall, but returned to their home countries and plan to remain there to study remotely during spring semester: We believe there is no impact on your student visa status and your SEVIS record remains active if you enroll in a full course of study and make a normal progress to your study.
- For continuing international students who will be studying remotely in the U.S.: Your SEVIS record remains active as long as you maintain a full-time course load and make normal progress to your study. You must report any address change to firstname.lastname@example.org so that your SEVIS record can be updated.
- For new international students who began their degree program from outside the U.S. in the fall semester and will continue to study from abroad during the spring: Please contact Andrew Kupec (email@example.com) in the Office of Admission. We will defer your form I-20 program start date and will reissue a new form I-20. Your SEVIS ID will remain the same.
- For new international students who were deferred to spring and cannot obtain a visa to arrive on time, or choose to remain in home country for the spring semester: Please contact Andrew Kupec (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Office of Admission. and keep us updated with your visa appointment. You have an option to defer your enrollment or to start your studies remotely and arrive on campus later when you can travel.
How will this remote status affect my OPT eligibility?
Seniors who have maintained student visa status with active SEVIS record become eligible for post-completion OPT starting 90 days prior to the program completion date. Please note that students need to be physically present in the U.S. to apply for OPT per USCIS rule.
When am I expected to arrive on campus?
- By Jan. 24: Second-semester freshmen attending virtual IDEA program
- By Jan. 26: Returning students who plan to quarantine on campus
- Feb. 6-10: Students who are not subject to quarantine or who plan to quarantine off-campus
Who is subject to quarantine?
According to the current RI DOH quarantine guidelines, anyone traveling to RI from outside of the 50 U.S. states as well as from a U.S. state with Current RI Travel Restrictions is subject to quarantine.
What is campus quarantine going to look like?
Please refer to our Campus Life page for information about quarantining on campus.
I am subject to 14-day quarantine. Can I self-quarantine 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 is not on State with Current RI Travel Restrictions list.
Can students traveling from outside of the 50 U.S. states end their 14-day quarantine early based on a negative COVID-19 test result?
Students traveling to Rhode Island from outside the 50 U.S. states are required to quarantine for 14 days regardless of a negative COVID-19 test result.
If I maintained my full-time enrollment status while taking classes online from abroad, can I return to Bryant in the middle of the semester?
We understand that these are challenging circumstances. It is possible for students to return to Bryant after spring classes start. 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 R.I. 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 make arrangements to quarantine off campus in a state that is not on U.S. State with Current RI Travel Restrictions.
Please keep the OISS informed with your travel arrangements.
I am a returning student. What do I need to travel back to the U.S.?
Required documents for re-entry to the U.S. are listed in the ICE website. Travel endorsement (signature on page 2) is valid for one year. If you need a new signature, send an email to email@example.com to request online I-20 Request form. If you already have a valid travel signature, you do not have to request new I-20.
Do I need proof of negative COVID-19 test before traveling to the U.S.?
Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requiring negative COVID-19 test for ALL air passengers regardless of citizenship or point of origin:
- Traveling to the U.S. from the U.K.: The requirement went into effect on 12/28/2020: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-UK-air-travelers.html.
- Students traveling from other countries: The requirement will go into effect on 1/26/2021: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
I am landing in Boston Logan airport first. Am I subject to Massachusetts quarantine guidelines?
Not necessarily. If you are just passing through Massachusetts to connect to the bus, train or other means of transportation, it’s considered transitory travel and you are not subject to the Massachusetts quarantine requirement.
Am I subject to a travel ban?
Currently any foreign nationals who have been in the country listed on the CDC website for the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter the U.S. Please keep checking the list for any updates.
If you have not been in the travel-restricted countries in the 14 days prior to your entry to the U.S., the travel restrictions do not apply to you. Please note that given the fluid nature of COVID-19, circumstances could change suddenly, so it’s recommended that you have a contingency plan.
COVID-19-related entry restrictions are reinstated for travelers from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Brazil. New entry restriction is placed on travelers from South Africa effective January 30, 2021.
What is National Interest Exception?
F-1 international students from the Schengen areas, U.K. or Ireland may seek entry to the U.S. under National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland. According to the Department State website, students who already have F-1 visa do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual national interest exception to travel.
What are Temporary Travel Restrictions to Land Border and Ferries Between the United States, Canada and Mexico?
It’s a joint effort between the countries to mitigate the spread of virus by limiting foreign nationals to enter the country by land or ferry for “essential travel” only. The restrictions are temporary and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. EDT on February 21, 2021 unless otherwise rescinded by the Department of Homeland Security.
Attending an educational institution does meet the essential travel threshold. Students planning to re-enter the U.S. by land or ferry from Canada or Mexico .
Valid passport and I-20 with travel endorsement.
The electronic letter sent by the OISS stating Bryant University’s spring operational plan verifying in-person/hybrid course offering.
Have any travel restrictions been lifted for travelers from certain countries?
COVID-19-related entry restrictions are terminated for travelers from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Brazil, effective at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on January 26, 2021.
I need to take a connecting flight in another country. What do I need to know?
Please check each country's entry restrictions and keep in mind that due to the fluid nature of COVID-19, the entry restrictions are constantly changing. If you have a connecting flight with another airline, you need to check with them and verify what requirements you must meet to board the plane.
RESOURCE: IATA-Travel Regulations Map: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php - An interactive map showing current border restrictions internationally.
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.
Kaoru Paganelli, Assistant Director, OISS, firstname.lastname@example.org