Campus will fully open June 1
Bryant University has announced plans to fully open its campus on June 1, 2021, with all employees working on site at its 428-acre Smithfield campus.
This aligns with guidance from public health experts and guidelines from the State of RI, which indicate it is safe to resume 100% office capacity on May 28. Bryant is one of the few universities in the nation to complete the academic year at nearly full (94%) residency and with no interruption of classes held in person and is the only university in Rhode Island to hold Commencement ceremonies on campus for both graduates and guests. Commitment to the health and safety of Bryant’s campus community has included more than 130,000 tests for COVID-19 and strong support for vaccines. A campus-wide committee will work throughout the summer to plan for fall opening Sept. 4-6.
Updated masking and social distance policy
In alignment with new guidance released by the CDC last week and in effect for all Rhode Islanders May 18, if you are fully vaccinated you are no longer required to wear a mask indoors or outdoors. This will be our policy at Bryant starting today.
People who are not vaccinated remain vulnerable to COVID-19. All members of the Bryant community are encouraged to get vaccinated at their first opportunity.
If you are NOT fully vaccinated, you should continue to wear a mask indoors and when you are within three feet of others outdoors to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Remember that your mask should fit snugly but comfortably over your nose, mouth, and chin without any gaps.
Bryant continues to follow best practices and guidance from public health experts. Campus policies are subject to change and will adhere to standards of the Rhode Island Dept. of Health.
The Faculty/Staff Pledge
To preserve a safe and healthy campus learning environment, all faculty and staff will sign the Shared Responsibility Pledge, confirming they understand their responsibilities to Be Bryant Strong and take an active role working to support a safe semester. Faculty and staff may read, checkmark, and submit the pledge here.
Updated testing center hours and location
Through Friday, May 28:
- Testing Center hours will be Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Testing Center will be closed Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day
On Tuesday, June 1 ONLY:
- Testing Center hours will be noon-4 p.m. due to the center relocating to the Aerobics Room on the first floor of Chace Wellness Center
Beginning Wednesday, June 2, through Friday, July 2:
- Testing Center hours will be Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Aerobics Room, Chace Wellness Center, first floor
To schedule an appointment via the web
The testing process
The testing process is painless and extremely quick, requiring only that you insert a small Q-tip 1/4” into each of your nostrils.
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.
Returning to campus
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.
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.
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.
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.
We anticipate you will be in the testing location for less than 10 minutes.
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.
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.
Should you test positive we are required by law to pass on your information to the State of RI. 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.
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.