Our first priority is the health and safety of every member of our community. Our phased return to campus will adhere to state and federal standards and regulations for health and safety. As the state of Rhode Island progresses through the phases of Governor Raimondo’s Reopening Rhode Island plan, these guidelines may change. Updates will be provided via email, social media, and on this website.
Beginning on Monday, August 17, all undergraduate, graduate, commuter and international students and all faculty and staff who work on campus will participate in weekly surveillance testing. If you have been authorized to work entirely remotely you will not need to participate.
The testing process is painless and extremely quick, requiring only that you insert a small Q-tip 1/4” into each of your nostrils.
During move in week, August 17-August 23, employees may elect to come to campus between 7:00 am and 5:30 pm to be tested at their convenience. It is imperative that all students and employees on campus be tested no later than August 23 to ensure that we have sufficient time to get results back (<24 hours) prior to the start of classes on August 25.
During move in, initial testing is being conducted in a tent adjacent to the Bulldog Strength and Conditioning Center. Every faculty and staff member needs park their vehicle and walk up to present a positive ID, and/or license at the time they are being tested.
While faculty and staff may drop in any day/time that the testing location is open August 17-23, you may want to consider the number of students we are anticipating to be tested on each day in order to reduce any potential wait times.
August 17: 250 students
August 18: 360 students
August 19: 400 students
August 20: 150 students
August 21: 150 students
August 22: 800 students
August 23: 850 students
Once you walk to the tent one of our testing staff will ask your name and date of birth to confirm your identity. We will provide you with a testing swab and specific step by step instruction on how to perform the test. You may see a short video of the testing process by clicking on this link. Once you have performed the test, you can simply leave.
Starting on Monday, August 24, faculty and staff members will be asked to make an appointment online, at their convenience, using the MediCAT software. We will be developing a video on how to do this and a step by step set of instructions soon for your convenience.
The following are helpful FAQs regarding testing:
- What is asymptomatic covid testing?
The key to controlling any sort of infection is knowing how many people have OR DO NOT HAVE the disease in question. Asymptomatic testing means we are testing everyone who does not report any symptoms. This is important because the age demographic of our students has been shown to be able to carry the disease without demonstrating any signs or symptoms of the disease. Therefore, we must test everyone to determine the actual prevalence of the disease. Currently asymptomatic testing is not widely available in our state due to the availability of tests and the high cost associated with testing.
- Where do I go to get my test done?
During the Move in Period August 11-23, testing will be performed in a tent near the Bulldog Strength and Conditioning Center. During the academic year testing will be performed in the 3rd gym of the MAC with separate entrance and testing locations for faculty and staff.
- How will I know which days/times I am scheduled for a test?
YOU GET TO CHOOSE; we will show you how to do this using MediCAT during the Academic Year. During the Move in Period you may come to campus any time we are open but may want to reference the total number of students we anticipate testing on each day to help you decide when is best for YOU!
- What if I can’t make the date/time that I am scheduled for?
If you can’t get tested initially by August 23 please contact our testing director at:
Office: (401) 232-6434
Cell: (401) 430-0719
Starting on Monday, August 24, you can schedule your own appointment.
- How are you maintaining my health & safety while I am in the testing location?
It is imperative that as a community we develop a culture of wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. We will provide signage to support your efforts. If you stay 6 feet away from others and wear a mask YOU ARE SAFE. When you are testing you will have to remove your mask BUT you WILL be 6 feet away from everyone, you will have a barrier between you and your observers AND you and anyone else. We will be sterilizing the area per CDC guidelines and all will be wearing PPE.
- How long will I be in the testing location?
We anticipate you will be in the testing location for less than 10 minutes.
- How soon will I know my results?
You should have your test results back within 24- 36 hours. Those that have a negative test will be emailed directly by Broad, those who either have had an issue with their sample or who have tested positive will be contacted by one of our Contact Tracers or an Ordering Provider within 36 hours.
- How will I receive my results?
We anticipate that the vast majority of you will test negative on a weekly basis and receive an email from the Broad (ELLKAY_Notification@ellkay.com) telling you as much. Should you test positive you will be contacted over the phone by one of our contract tracers or ordering providers.
- What happens with my test information?
Should you test positive we are required by law to pass on your information to the State of RI.
- What happens next if the test comes back positive?
You will be contacted by one of our contact tracers or ordering providers. You will be given specific instruction and information so that you can follow up with your primary care provider and will be asked to quarantine for 14 days. As you are asymptomatic or were at the time of your test you should monitor yourself daily using the Bryant Health Checker APP and follow up with your primary care provider.
- What if I have symptoms – should I still get testing done at the Bryant surveillance clinic?
NO in fact if you have any symptoms, we want you to report it on the Bryant Health Checker APP and call your supervisor or director. More importantly we want you to stay home and protect your colleagues and our students.
Initial return of employees
Bryant University has begun a phased reopening of campus.
Currently, the only individuals allowed on campus are faculty, staff, and student employees, whose numbers on campus is not to exceed 25% of capacity in any buildings. Only staff who have been approved to return to campus by division heads or department heads as part of the phased reopening may work on campus; these individuals are notified by their supervisors. Faculty may come to campus, although this is generally discouraged and should be limited to special situations.
All returning to campus are expected to comply with campus entry protocols, including a daily health attestation, and health and safety protocols such as wearing a face mask/covering and maintaining social distancing while on campus.
All faculty, staff, and students will be advised to have a COVID-19 PCR test completed within 14 days prior to arrival on the Bryant campus. Those with a positive test will be asked to isolate for 14 days before reporting to campus.
Before returning to campus, employees should review the following CDC guidelines:
Returning employees should observe the following measures, which supervisors may implement to help maintain building capacity limits:
- Staggered start times
- Partial or complete remote work assignment (for example, three days on campus and two from a remote work location)
All other staff will be expected to work remotely until they are advised they may resume working on campus. Individuals who are not on the list of approved personnel to return to campus will not be allowed on campus. This is necessary to adhere to building occupancy limits.
The University understands that there are employees who have COVID-19-related personal circumstances (i.e., childcare needs, being in a high-risk category, residing with an individual in a high-risk category, etc.) that impact their ability to return to campus during the initial reentry phase. These employees should work with their managers, division heads, and HR on their work arrangements.