Dining Services: Meal Plan Policies

Bryant takes great pride in our residential community and in providing a full array of dining options for sustained physical health and the opportunity to share a meal with peers and other University members. Meal plans are required of all resident students living in all areas of the campus except the Townhouses, which provide cooking facilities.

We see this requirement as meeting our commitment to students and their families that we will serve the “whole student” intellectually, emotionally, and physically. AVI Fresh is a valued partner with Bryant University in ensuring we address the dietary needs of all resident students. Additionally, this requirement is based on economic practicality. Allowing the University to provide a full dining plan with multiple locations in a cost-effective way requires full community participation.

Please read our Meal Plan Policies carefully and fully as you make your selection for the coming semester.

Meal Plan Enrollment takes place during the housing selection process managed by Residential Life. If a meal plan selection is not made during the housing selection process, and the student lives in an area where meal plans are required, the student will be put on the 210 Block Plan by default.

Changes to meal plan selection happen through the Residential Life Office. Once a plan is selected, it will remain in place until the following semester. You may change your meal plan selection within the first 7 week days of each semester (first 7 days of classes) by using this link:­­­­ MyBryantHousing.

ID cards are created at the Information Center on the first floor of the Fisher Student Center. Should your ID card malfunction at any time preventing you from using it for dining purposes, please contact the Information Center at infocenter@bryant.edu or stop by the info desk.

Meal Plan Offering to Commuters and Townhouse Residents: – A 75 Block Meal Plan (75 meals) is now available for purchase for $1,010.00.  Students should log into MyBryantHousing, navigate to the Dining Tab, and follow the steps to purchase this meal plan. This plan does not include Dining Dollars or Bulldog Bucks.

Meal Plan Options

Plan: The Unlimited Plan*
Meals per semester: Unlimited entries into Salmanson Dining Hall
Dining Dollars per semester: $50
Guest Meals per semester: 3
Bulldog Bucks per semester: $25
Cost per semester: $3,410.50
*Due to the nature of the Unlimited Plan, meal exchanges are limited to five per week.

Plan: 210 Block Plan
Meals per semester: 210 (Averages out to 14 meals per week)
Dining Dollars per semester: $125
Guest Meals per semester: 3
Bulldog Bucks per semester: $25
Cost per semester: $3,250.50

Plan: 150 Block Plan
Meals per semester: 150 (Averages out to 10 meals per week)
Dining Dollars per semester: $250
Guest Meals per semester: 3
Bulldog Bucks per semester: $25
Cost per semester: $3,189.50

Plan: 105 Block Plan
Meals per semester: 105 (Averages out to 7 meals per week)
Dining Dollars per semester: $300
Guest Meals per semester: 3
Bulldog Bucks per semester: $25
Cost per semester: $2,878.00

Unused block meals and guest passes expire at the end of each semester. There are no refunds for unused meals. Students can find the number of meals remaining on their plan by downloading the GET App on the Bryant Mobile App, which allows students to track meals, Dining Dollars, guest meals and Bulldog Bucks balances. The GET App can also be used for Mobile Ordering at select venues.

In addition to traditional dining in Salmanson Dining Hall, meal plans can also be used at other locations, offering added flexibility and convenience to accommodate a wide variety of schedules. These alternative venues offer meal equivalency options: The Archway Café, Bulldog Bytes Café, The Exchange, Tupper’s, and Nick’s @ Nite.

Dining Dollars come with your meal plan and can be used at these dining locations: The Archway Café, Bulldog Bytes Café, The Exchange, Tupper’s, Nick’s@Nite, and Salmanson Dining Hall.  Dining Dollars carry over from the fall semester to the spring semester each academic year, providing the student remains on a meal plan. Unused Dining Dollars are forfeited at the end of the spring semester on the last day of finals. There are no refunds provided for unused Dining Dollars upon graduation, withdrawal or for any other reason.

Bulldog Bucks can be used like cash at all retail locations. Bulldog Bucks are also accepted at Uno Pizzeria & Grill in Smithfield, RI. Every meal plan starts a student off with $25 in Bulldog Bucks. Additional Bucks can be purchased on the GET App on the Bryant Mobile App. Bulldog Bucks balances remain on a student’s account until graduation or withdrawal from the University. At that time, balances of $25.00 or more will be transferred to the student’s tuition account. If the transfer results in a credit balance, the credit will be refunded accordingly, otherwise, it will be applied to any outstanding balance.

Dietary Restrictions

AVI Fresh is committed to working with any student with a dietary restriction diagnosed and documented by a doctor or other appropriate medical professional. If a student’s dietary restriction is impacting meal plan usage, the following guidelines must be followed:

  • An appointment must be made with Cheryl Brock, Health and Nutrition Educator cbrock@bryant.edu  401-232-6221 at Bryant Health Services in Barrington House with written documentation provided by a medical professional on the dietary restriction and how it impacts usage of the meal plan. Cheryl is on campus Tuesdays through Thursdays when classes are in session. She will review documentation and consult with Health Services and AVI Fresh as needed.
  • Following this meeting, Cheryl may recommend the student meet with the Culinary Director of AVI Fresh to discuss how they can accommodate the dietary requirements.

In extreme circumstances, the University may exempt a student from a required meal plan for documented medical conditions which cannot be accommodated by AVI Fresh. In these cases, Cheryl Brock, in consultation with Health Services and AVI Fresh, will make that determination and inform the student. If an exemption is made due to documented dietary restrictions that cannot be accommodated, the student must complete the Medical Accommodations Form at: MyBryantHousing and submit documentation from a medical professional each semester during the meal plan selection process in order to remain exempt.

Exemptions will not be considered for vegan, vegetarian, gluten or lactose dietary restrictions as AVI Fresh provides options for these dietary needs at their “Clarity” station which provides safe, delicious choices for diners with food allergies or gluten intolerance. “Clarity” excludes dairy, egg, wheat, soy, sesame, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. Other circumstances not considered cause for exemption include work, class or practice schedules, personal preference, or financial considerations.

Student Feedback and Suggestions

To ensure you are completely satisfied with your dining experience, we encourage you to provide suggestions and feedback to any AVI Fresh staff member during your meal. Staff are available at every shift to take suggestions.

Financial Aid

Location:  Unistructure, 1st Floor across from Amica Center for Career Education
Phone:     401-232-6020
Website:   Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid provides efficient management and timely delivery of a broad range of student financial aid funds. It also serves as a reliable source of accurate information for many constituencies both on and off campus. Our efforts are guided by a strong commitment to the overall mission and enrollment goals of Bryant University. The office ensures that the highest standards of quality customer service are maintained for the benefit of Bryant University students in their pursuit of excellence, and their families to whom we dedicate our professional support.

The administration of financial aid programs at Bryant University is based upon the premise that the responsibility for education expenses rests primarily with the student and his or her family.

Application Procedure

Financial aid is awarded on an annual basis. To be considered for financial aid, each applicant must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. In some instances, additional documents and/or information (i.e., copies of signed federal tax forms, etc.) may be required. The Office of Financial Aid evaluates each application on an individual basis to determine eligibility for assistance. All applicants are notified of the results of their application.

Current students can monitor the status of their financial aid awards, track missing documents required for processing and view their student account by entering the secure Banner website, which can be accessed via the Banner Self-Service web link, Banner Production Environment (bryant.edu). This convenience is available to all enrolled students with an official Bryant University Personal Identification Number (PIN).

On-Campus Employment

Hiring preference for all on-campus positions is given to students with Work-Study eligibility as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. All on-campus part-time job opportunities are routinely posted online and are accessible through the University’s Banner Self Service site. Interested students must contact supervisors directly.

Off-Campus Employment

Off-Campus job opportunities, not requiring Federal Work-Study eligibility, are posted online and are accessible through the University’s Amica Center for Career Education. The Office of Financial Aid also maintains a listing of off-campus, community service-related job opportunities for Work-Study-eligible students on the University’s Banner Self Service site.

Fisher Student Center (FSC)

Phone:     401-232-6983
Website:  Fisher Student Center
Floor Directory: Offices, Dining Options and Meeting Rooms located on each floor

The Michael E. ’67 and Karen L. Fisher Student Center provides facilities, services, and programs for the use of Bryant students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their guests. From student organization meetings and group projects, to gathering with friends over a game of ping pong, to grabbing a bite to eat, the Fisher Student Center is a place to socialize and enjoy campus life.

Located on the 1st floor, the Information Center is the central “hub” of information for the Fisher Student Center as well as University information including ID Cards, Services and Rentals and Transportation Options. There is a $30.00 replacement fee for lost, stolen or damaged ID cards. For questions call 401-232-6245. The Information Center hours of operation are: Monday – Thursday: 8:30am – 11pm; Friday: 8:30am – 9:00pm; Saturday: 12pm – 9pm; Sunday: 12pm – 11pm

Other services include

  • ATM – Located on first floor of the Fisher Student Center (Santander Bank). Other ATMs are located in the Unistructure (Bank of America) and Chace Wellness Center (Navigant Credit Union).
  • Dining – The food options located on the first floor are operated by national franchises and the campus dining services vendor.
    • Dunkin: Coffee & doughnut shop – 401-531-6675
    • The Exchange: hot and cold meal exchanges
    • Nick’s@Nite: walk-up window behind Fisher Student Center offering late night fare
    • Tupper’s: Menus from three restaurants daily: Harvest Eats, Bird N Brine, and Burger Shop 401-232-6584/6866
    • Vending machines are located on the 2nd floor.
  • Room Reservations for Meetings and Events in the Fisher Student Center.

Fisher Student Center General Policies,

  • Advertising/Display Cases Advertising in the Fisher Student Center is managed by Student Activities. Poster cases are located throughout the building. The Poster Printer Request Form clarifies poster policies and procedures.
  • Alcohol – Alcohol cannot be brought into the FSC. Alcohol will be served in the FSC only through University Dining Services.
  • Dress – In accordance with health safety requirement regulations for public buildings, shirts and shoes are required to be worn in all areas of the building.
  • Pets – The FSC does not permit animals (except service dogs) in the facility and will conform to state and local guidelines. Tupper exception!
  • Razor scooters, bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, roller blades and other disruptive or potentially damaging items or behavior are not to be operated inside the building, only carried.
  • Selling and Solicitation – The FSC adheres to and enforces the University solicitation policy. No outside solicitation can occur unless sponsored and/or authorized by a University official.
  • Smoking – Smoking (including vaping or e-cigarettes) is governed by state regulations and campus policy, is prohibited in the FSC, and within fifty feet of entrances.
  • Variances – Variances to policies will be granted only in extraordinary circumstances that further the mission of the University and the FSC. Approval will be granted by the Finance and Operations Office. Requests for variances of FSC Policy should be submitted at the time of requesting space to the Scheduling Coordinator three (3) weeks prior to the program date. Additional costs associated with variances are the responsibility of the requester.

Ronald K. and Kati C. Machtley Interfaith Center and Campus Ministries

Phone:     401-232-6712
Website:  Interfaith Center and Campus Ministries
Contact:   Rabbi Steven Jablow, Director of Campus Ministries 401-232-6553 sjablow@bryant.edu

Bryant University is committed to the spiritual development, emotional growth, religious identity, and faith practice of all Bryant community members. The Ronald K. and Kati C. Machtley Interfaith Center provides a gathering place where all members of the Bryant community can explore their spirituality, practice their faith, and gather for friendship and fellowship.

The Interfaith Center and Campus Ministry sponsors diverse programs and speakers for both specific faith groups and for entire community.

Campus Ministry offers religious, educational, and holiday services for Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant communities, as well as contemplative spiritual programs including yoga and meditation.

The chaplains are available to all members of the University community as sources of support, guidance, and spiritual development and integration. For their office hours or to schedule an appointment, go to Campus Ministries.

Academic Computing & Media Services

Location:  Unistructure room 277
Phone:     401-232-6128
Website:   Media Services

Academic Computing & Media Services has a wide variety of Audio and Video Equipment that can be borrowed for academic and extracurricular activities.

Information Security Guidelines:

  • Acceptable Use of campus computing and networking facilities.
  • Email Guidelines – These services are intended for use for teaching, learning, research, and administration in support of Bryant University’s mission. Bryant University email services may not be used for personal business or personal gain except as permitted by other University policies.
  • Peer-to-Peer File Sharing – The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code) governs the making of copies of copyrighted material. UNAUTHORIZED COPYING IS PROHIBITED! The person using this equipment is liable for any infringement and can be prosecuted or held liable for monetary damages.
  • Bryant.edu Domain Name – According to the guidelines of the managing body of the top-level .EDU domain space, a registrant of a name in the .EDU domain may not use the .EDU domain for commercial purposes. The use of the “BRYANT.EDU” in any commercial related transaction is a violation of those guidelines. Any student using the “BRYANT.EDU” in any electronic service (e-mail, web, etc.) for commercial purposes jeopardizes his/her privilege to use those services.

Post Office

Location: Unistructure, 2nd Floor
Phone:    401-232-6244
Email:     bryantpo@bryant.edu
Website: Post Office

The Bryant University Post Office also operates as a United States Postal Service (USPS) contract station and is located on the upper level of the south wing of the Unistructure. The Post Office provides all the following services:

  • Sale of stamps, postage for outgoing packages and money orders
  • Express mail, certified, priority mail, international mail and registered mail services
  • Passport forms are available

The window hours are weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. During the academic year, the Post Office is open on Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm (except holiday weekends) for the pickup of packages, sorting of incoming mail and stamp purchases. Forms of payment include cash, personal checks and Bulldog Bucks.

  • Package Information: All packages are received and signed for by the Receiving Department and the Post Office. These items are then transferred and processed. Students will be notified via email and text message if cell number is provided once their package is ready to be picked up. The Post Office will hold that package for 15 business days. During this period, the student will receive two separate notifications asking them to come by and get their package. If the package is not picked up in that time frame, the package will be returned to sender or donated if return is not possible.
  • Students must have their Bryant ID, a valid driver’s license or a passport in order to pick up packages. An email to bryantpo@bryant.edu can give permission for another to collect a package if student is not available.
  • Amazon lockers: Students can choose to have their Amazon packages delivered to the Amazon lockers if chosen at checkout. Refresh zip code to 02917 and choose “Harmonica” lockers. An email or text is generated with the code to retrieve package once it is delivered.

Students should use the following as their Bryant address:

Student name
Bryant University
Student Box #
1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI  02917

Please tell your friends and family that sending cash in the mail is never a good idea for risk of being lost or stolen.

Mailboxes are typically assigned mid-July for the upcoming year. To obtain your mailbox number and combination, download the Bryant Mobile app, log into Bryant app using your username and password, and click on the PO Box icon. You will see your mailbox number and your combination. Student mailboxes are located on the bottom floor of the Koffler building (below the radio station). Students are not notified when they receive letter mail. Mailboxes should be checked periodically.

Department of Public Safety

DPS

Emergency Medical Services:  x6911 or 401-232-6911

Business:        x6001 or 401-232-6001 (call for an Escort)
Information:   x6002 or 401-232-6002
Location:        Ground Floor of the Unistructure
Website:         Department of Public Safety

Hours of Operation: 24/7/365

DPS is a fully staffed professional department having purview over personal security, parking and traffic, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and fire safety. This office complies with the federally mandated Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Public Law 101–542) and yearly compiles campus crime statistics. This information is disseminated annually and is available upon request at DPS and at Annual Security & Fire Safety Report.

DPS is the exclusive curator of the Parking and Traffic Rules. Its members are the sole parties authorized to take enforcement action. In the absence of voluntary compliance they can initiate one or a combination of the following enforcement actions: citations, tows, suspension or loss of parking and/or driving privileges. Monetary fines are assigned to each enforcement action and are the sole responsibility of the registered driver or the person having control of the vehicle. It is the responsibility of each person who drives and parks on the Bryant campus to be familiar and comply with the Parking and Traffic Rules posted on Public Safety Parking.

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Last Modified: March 8, 2024