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.
Will Graduate Programs return to face-to-face meetings in the Fall 2020 semester?
Face-to-face meetings have begun. Please note that graduate programs adhere to University, CDC and WHO guidelines for social distancing and sanitation.
When will classes begin?
Graduate programs began August 25 and end Nov. 13. The final examination period is Nov. 14-24.
Will classes be the same?
In terms of class format, courses are taught in person as frequently as possible. Classrooms are disinfected regularly, and students are spaced six feet apart. Some courses follow the hy-flex model, with some students participating remotely on some days, while others participate in person, on a rotating basis.
What technology is available?
Each classroom includes remote lecture capacity including cameras and microphones in order for classes to be broadcast remotely. Slides are shared and instructors use document cameras as needed. Classes are recorded as well.
What if I get sick?
Each day before coming to campus, you are required to complete a short survey on banner. If you are not feeling well, we ask that you stay at home. If you are still able to participate in class, you are encouraged to do so remotely until you are well again. We are prepared to accommodate you using technology listed above.
Extended illnesses (COVID-19 or otherwise) will be handled case by case per normal University guidelines. Accommodations may include an incomplete grade for the course.
What if other students are sick?
Every student is required to complete a short survey on Banner before coming to class. If students are ill, we ask that they stay home. If a student who is ill comes to class, faculty will request that the student leave campus and participate remotely until they are well again. If you notice a student who is obviously unwell, you are encouraged to notify your instructor.
I am an international student. What if I cannot get clearance to come to campus in time for classes?
We want you to know how much we need your participation in our programs. Your unique experiences and perspectives add significantly to discussions and the tenor of the class. If you are unable to get clearance to come to campus, you will be allowed to participate remotely until you receive clearance, using the technology outlined above. For specific concerns, please contact Kaoru Paganelli at (401) 232-6955 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will the Global Immersion Experience be a part of the MBA program this year?
It is our strong hope that we will be able to travel as we have in the past. We have had several discussions with partners throughout the world who are ready to help facilitate the experience. However, we may need to modify or alter the format of the experience based on health concerns as we get closer to the date of the trip. We will continue to provide updates as we have them. As we make decisions, the safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our highest priority.
What is the grading policy?
Graduate Programs follow the traditional letter grade system for the fall semester.
Besides social distancing, are there other safety requirements?
Yes. Everyone entering the campus is required to complete a “Health Tracker Questionnaire” that is available for download from Bryant website. In addition, students are required to wear face masks while on campus (including while in class). Frequent hand-washing will be encouraged, and hand sanitizer stations will be provided at several areas on campus.
Am I subject to a travel ban?
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.
Note: As of July 22, 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. Students traveling back from travel-restricted countries must first land in the U.S. at one of the 15 designated airports.
What is Canada-Mexico “essential travel” restrictions?
It’s a joint effort between the countries to mitigate the spread of virus by limiting foreign nationals' entry to the country by land or ferry for “essential travel” only. The restrictions has been extended to August 20, 2020. Attending an educational institution does meet the essential travel threshold.
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 with your travel plan. If you already have a valid travel signature, you do not have to request new I-20.
What is campus quarantine going to look like?
Please refer to Quarantine and Travel from Your Home State.
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 does not have a stay-at-home order in place.
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.
Will I be able to get an F-1 visa and enter the U.S.?
As you are aware there are currently many travel restrictions in place limiting travel to the U.S. Although visa appointments are not immediately available in many areas around the world, students can complete their visa application and make a future appointment. Visa application is valid for one year.
As the travel situation improves, we hope that more appointments will open and that travel restrictions will be lifted in time for students to arrive in the fall. Please continue to check with your local embassy/consulate (https://www.usembassy.gov) for updates.
I’m a new international student. What if I cannot arrive in time for the start of my program?
We understand that these are challenging circumstances, and there is not a deadline for incoming first-year students to arrive on campus. Any student who arrives late will be subject to the 14-day quarantine per RI Department of Health guidelines.
I’m a returning international student. What is the latest date I can arrive to resume my study if I am delayed by visa issues and/or continued travel restrictions?
We understand that these are challenging circumstances. Returning international students can return to campus until midterm. 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 the quarantine state list of Rhode Island.
Can I take classes online from abroad?
Yes. Bryant University has made a significant investment into technology to have all class sessions be available online via live streaming, and/or recorded for later viewing by lecture capture.
Will I need a new visa to take classes online from abroad or if I decide to take a semester off?
You do not need a student visa if you are studying remotely or not studying at all; however, you will need a valid F-1 visa when you return to the U.S. Students who decide to take a semester off by not taking courses should be aware how a leave of absence may impact the student’s eligibility for a practical training. Contact OISS if you have questions about your F-1 visa.
As an international student, how will the remote status impact on my visa status?
The Department of Homeland Security allowed students to study online virtually from their home country for last semester. This same flexibility is extended and will be in place for the fall. As long as you continue to maintain your F-1 status, including maintaining full-time enrollment and making academic progress, you will be fulfilling F-1 requirements.
Note that this does not apply to students who are starting new degree program.
I am a rising senior. How will this remote status impact my post-completion OPT eligibility?
A rising senior may be eligible to apply for post-completion OPT in Spring 2021 as long as the student meets all the OPT eligibilities. Note that the student has to be physically in the U.S. to apply for OPT per USCIS.
Can I stay on campus through winter sessions once in-person classes ends in November?
International students will be able to stay on campus through the winter sessions.
Will the tuition be the same if I take online classes from abroad?
Yes. Bryant faculty and staff have worked very hard to ensure the safe continuance of our in person classroom experience. Access to online classes is offered not as an option, but only as a short-term accommodation for students who are ill or who cannot travel to campus due to the pandemic.
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
In response to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and its ever changing impact on global travel conditions (such as the current European Union ban on American travel), Bryant University is not able to support or endorse Study Abroad for the fall semester of 2020. Your safety is paramount and we simply cannot countenance our traditional Study Abroad programs this fall. We know how disappointing this decision is for many of you. While we do not endorse it, we are aware that some students may still make the choice to attend specific programs independently from the University. If so, we will accept the credits upon review by our Academic Affairs office when you return to Bryant University in the spring of 2021. For further information, please contact the Study Abroad office (email@example.com)
Do I have to take a leave of absence if I want to go?
Yes, as Bryant is no longer endorsing Study Abroad for the fall, students who wish to continue with their study abroad plans must take a leave of absence. To do so, you should contact the Registrar’s Office.
Does that mean my financial aid won’t travel?
If you choose to take a leave of absence, Bryant financial aid will not travel.
If the provider is charging me a withdraw fee, who is responsible for paying that?
You may defer your study abroad plans until the spring 2021 and/or fall 2021 term; thus, you should not incur any fees (be sure to confirm this with your provider). If do withdraw, however, you will be responsible for any fees incurred.
Can I defer to spring without issues?
You should contact your program provider to discuss deferring to spring. Once you have deferred, update the Study Abroad Office immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is spring abroad guaranteed to happen?I
In this time of uncertainty, we cannot guarantee that study abroad will run in the spring. Decisions will be made based on CDC guidelines and the potential impacts of COVID-19.
If I don’t want to or can’t go in the spring, what are my other options for studying abroad?
You can look at options for the summer or fall of 2021 (pending potential impacts of COVID-19).
What if I already bought my plane ticket?
You should contact the airline and see what cancellation/deference policies they have in place due to COVID-19.
If I decide to go, my classes were pre-approved, does this mean Bryant might now accept them?
Yes, if your classes are pre-approved, then Bryant will accept them, provided you earn a “C” or better.
Achieving a successful and effective response to the global pandemic by securing testing capacity, enhancing academic technology, and implementing facilities and operations redesign will require Bryant to incur additional unplanned expenditures. It is important to note that these unplanned but necessary expenditures will not be passed on as additional costs or fees for our students and their families.