Welcome to Bryant University!
This Student Handbook is your guide to policies and procedures you are expected to adhere to as a student at Bryant University. It contains pertinent information about student life at Bryant and outlines the responsibilities and expectations for each Bryant student and community member. It is important that you become familiar with this document as it will provide you with information and answer many questions you may have about the University and the University’s behavioral expectations.[lastupdated-posts]
It is the purpose of the Academic Affairs Division to provide the appropriate teaching/learning environment for students and faculty through administration of the above listed areas. Students should address specific concerns about course content, grading procedures or problems with faculty first to the faculty member involved, and then to the department chair. Issues of this nature that cannot be resolved in this manner should be referred to the respective Dean’s Office.
ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT CHAIRS: 2022/2023
Accounting (Suite B) – Daniel Ames 401-232-6507
Applied Psychology (Suite F) – Joseph Trunzo 401-232-6570
Biological and Biomedical Sciences – Jennifer Hurrell (PA Office ) 401-232-6817
Information Systems and Analytics (Suite B) – Suhong Li 401-232-6503
Communication and Language Studies (Suite H) – Chris Morse 401-232-6582
Finance (Suite J) – Asli Ascioglu 401-232-6305
History, Literature, Art and Cultural Studies (Suite H) – Amber Day 401-232-6747
Management (Suite J) – Eileen Kwesiga 401-232-6590
Marketing (Suite B) – Keith Murray 401-232-6337
Mathematics and Economics (Suite A) – Richard Gorvett 401-232-6452
Modern Languages (Suite G) – 401-232-
Politics, Law, and Society (Suite C) – John Dietrich 401-232-6432
The University Catalog is the official source of university academic policies and procedures. The Undergraduate catalog contains key information about accreditation, academic regulations and policies, program requirements and course descriptions, faculty information, graduation requirements and more.
For specific dates and information about registration, add/drop process, withdrawal process, transcript ordering, graduation information, final exams etc. visit the Office of the Registrar information directory
Location: Unistructure, 1st Floor next to Salmanson
Career Center Website: career.bryant.edu
Staff Directory Website: Career Center Staff
The Amica Center for Career Education offers a full range of career development and planning services for all students, including:
We encourage students to visit the Amica Center as early as the first year to get started with:
Stop by our office, visit our website, call (401) 232-6090, or email email@example.com to learn more about resources and services provided.
The opportunity to utilize the Amica Center for Career Education continues after graduation. Career coaching is available to alumni who are changing careers and are in need of assistance, up to five years post-graduation.
Alumni are also invited to attend the many workshops, programs, and events offered by the Amica Center for Career Education. The Amica Center offers most services virtually when needed, via Zoom, email and telephone.
Location: George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology
Website: Douglas and Judith Krupp Library
For more info on all of the above, visit the Krupp Library.
Important things to note:
Location: MRC wing
Website: Undergraduate Academic Advising
Undergraduate Academic Advising is a collaborative educational process between students and their advisors to meet essential learning outcomes, ensure student success, and outline the steps for achieving long-term academic, personal, and career goals. This advisor/ student partnership requires participation and involvement of both the advisor and the student as it is built over the student’s entire educational experience at the university. Students can find their assigned advisor on their Banner student profile.
Through participation in academic advising students will:
The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) & The Writing Center
Location: Unistructure 275
Website: Academic Center for Excellence and The Writing Center
Annually, members of the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and Writing Center Staff hold over 21,000 appointments with Bryant students. The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and the Writing Center are dedicated to helping all Bryant University students achieve their goal of academic success.
Our goal at ACE is to help students become self-reliant, independent, confident learners so that they may successfully meet the demands of their chosen academic curricula. This is achieved through our internationally accredited peer tutoring program and study skills instruction by our professional staff. Group sessions as a mode of instruction are encouraged, since teamwork is typical in the workplace and graduate school. The staff engages in a partnership with students to help them achieve their goals. Professional staff members, peer tutors, and faculty work together to foster a supportive learning environment.
Effective written communication is essential throughout an individual’s education and career. The Writing Center offers students assistance in both personalized and workshop settings. Peer Writing Consultants and professional staff help students with papers for any course. The Writing Center’s purpose is to help students develop as writers by helping them recognize their writing strengths and challenges. The staff teaches writing as a process, and is prepared to assist students at any stage.
The Academic Center for Excellence, in partnership with the Department of Athletics, and Undergraduate Advising provides tailored assistance for the unique needs of student-athletes. Students in our Division I athletic programs have challenging schedules and often need additional help finding a balance between the Student Services demands of athletics and academics. ACE provides these students support with general study skills, time management and overall organization.
Student-Athlete study hall requirements can be fulfilled using any of ACE’s services; tutoring, writing center, learning specialist appointments and time spent in the student-athlete quiet study hall.
The Academic Center for Excellence and the Writing Center offer specialized services for international students and English language learners to help them increase their academic confidence and improve their performance as Bryant students, preparing them for the global job market.
Services include assistance with adjusting to academic life at Bryant and in the United States; taking advantage of ACE and Writing Center academic support services; navigating the variety of support services available to international students on campus; developing study skills for college success; improving written and oral language skills; and setting goals for academic improvement.
The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) strives to provide wholistic support for students with disabilities and educate the campus community about disability through information sharing and purposeful dialogue. OAS staff review accommodation requests and are available for consult about disability-related concerns. OAS also manages the Academic Testing Center, a distraction-reduced setting that serves as an alternative to in-classroom testing when extended time, assistive technology, or other needs require it. Visit the Office of Accessibility Services website for more information.
Bryant University is proud to work with students who are eligible to receive benefits through the military. Visit the Veterans section of the Registrar’s page for more information. A military lounge for veterans and ROTC students is located in the lower level of the Koffler Building.
This section contains general campus policies and procedures which apply to all students. Specific policies for student organizations or residence halls may be found in other sections of the Student Handbook.
Any publication, poster, advertisement or brochure circulated off campus MUST be cleared through University Relations.
First and foremost, Bryant University follows and enforces state and federal laws regarding alcohol. Further, Bryant University is committed to encouraging and facilitating responsible student decision making. The University recognizes that responsible decision-making concerning alcohol is especially crucial to the health and safety of students, the campus community, university property, and the educational mission of the institution. Alcohol abuse is shown to have serious negative effects on the abilities of students to reach their educational goals. While students have the primary responsibility for maintaining their academic progress and overall health, Bryant University must, in all of its programs, services and activities promote and enforce the responsible use of alcohol on its campus and among its community members. To achieve this goal, as well as to monitor and regulate alcohol-related behavior, Bryant has adopted the following policies.
A. Summary of State and City Laws Concerning Alcohol
While it is understood that employees of the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Residential Life encounter violations of these policies more often than others, enforcement of the alcohol policy and other policies contained in the Student Handbook are the responsibility of all members of the Bryant community. Faculty members, administrators, staff members and students may report violations of the alcohol policy to the Department of Public Safety.
Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers are authorized to issue alcohol citations when violations of the campus rules and state and federal laws pertaining to the possession and use of alcohol are determined to have been violated.
C. Alcohol Limits
Students who are 21 and over may have in their possession no more than the following amounts of alcohol at any time. These amounts are as follows:
D. Locations in which Alcohol may be consumed
There are a number of potential violations of the alcohol policy, including, but not limited to:
Under the age of 21:
G. Parental Notification
The University has determined that parents or legal guardians of minors will be notified when there is a violation of alcohol and/or drug policy.
The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or designee may restrict a student with a significant prior conduct history or who has currently active sanctions from participating in Study Abroad or Sophomore International Experience opportunities. Any drinking that leads to high-risk behavior will be subject to additional sanctions.
I. Alcohol Education
As part of Bryant University’s comprehensive alcohol education strategy, we offer pre-college alcohol education, programming in the residence halls, on-going alcohol free events, and intervention services. The Bryant community encourages all of its members to seek professional assistance when they have recognized an alcohol use problem. The Bryant community can seek assistance from the following offices: Health Services, Residential Life, Community Standards, Counseling Services, Human Resources and Public Safety.
J. Campus Events Involving Alcohol
K. Alcohol and Campus Organizations/Departments/Activities
Animals are not allowed in any Bryant University building. Any pet on campus must be leashed at all times, in accordance with ordinances of the Town of Smithfield. Tupper exception! Information regarding Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals can be found in the Residential Life section of the Student Handbook.
Cable TV will be offered in common areas across campus. Due to extremely low use by the student body, it will not be available in the residence halls or townhouses. Students have the option to contract with an alternative cable streaming provider (Sling, YouTube TV, Philo, fuboTV, Hulu, etc.) should they wish to do so.
Any object or substance used in the commission of a crime or to violate any provision of the Student Handbook may be confiscated and disposed of as deemed appropriate by a university official.
Bryant University affirms the right to peaceful assembly and free speech. At the same time, the University has long recognized that the right to protest and demonstrate does not include the right to engage in conduct that disrupts the University’s operations or endangers the safety of others. The rights of others to participate in learning, teaching, and other campus events and activities must not be infringed upon.
Guidelines and Expectations for Protest Attendance and Participation
Bryant University has specific guidelines for protest activities that protect the rights of all members of the University Community. These are found in the Student Handbook Code of Conduct. Failure to abide by these regulations may result in action by the Department of Public Safety and/or the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Some general parameters include:
Protests or demonstrations that infringe upon the rights of others to peaceful assembly, orderly protest, free exchange of ideas, or that interfere with the rights of others to make use of or enjoy the facilities or attend the functions of the University will not be tolerated. The Unistructure Rotunda and Fisher Center Patio are the sites designated for protests and demonstrations.
It is a violation of these policies whenever any individual prevents, or willfully attempts to prevent, the orderly conduct of a University function or activity, such as lectures, meetings, interviews, ceremonies, or public presentations; or blocks, or willfully attempts to block, the legitimate activities of any person on the campus or in any University building or facility. The unauthorized occupation, or attempted occupation, of any University office or other work space that impedes the normal flow of activity is strictly prohibited.
Whenever a member of the University community, that is a member of the faculty, staff, or student body, violates these policies, that individual will be subject to University discipline and/or arrest. Whenever a nonmember of the University community violates these policies, that individual will be subject to arrest. Decisions to invoke University disciplinary action or arrest in the course of a protest or demonstration will be made after due warning and, wherever possible, such decisions will be made by officers of the University.
These guidelines cover any and all property owned and or operated by Bryant University (Bryant). Bryant permits the recreational use and business-related use of Drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) on its Smithfield campus. Recreational uses are limited to areas within Bryant’s property boundaries but outside of the areas shaded in red on the attached map. Business-related operations may occur throughout the entire campus. All UAV operations must adhere to the following guidelines:
Any questions or comments about this
UAV policy shall be directed to the Department of Public Safety at 401-232-6001 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prohibited flying areas shaded in red.
On May 25, 2022, Rhode Island became the 19th state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. Despite this change in state law, Bryant University’s policies remain unchanged. Bryant University prohibits the use, possession, manufacturing, distribution, or being in the presence of marijuana in any form. Possession of drug-related paraphernalia is also prohibited. Bryant University will remain in compliance with the requirements of the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.
This federal law requires that higher education institutions such as Bryant University must certify that policies and programs are implemented to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs for students, faculty, and staff on campus. By abiding with federal laws, this includes the prohibition of marijuana in any form or amount on Bryant University’s campus.
The illegal sale, possession and/or use of controlled substances, e.g., alcohol, amphetamines, barbiturates, and other hallucinogens, and prescription medications belonging to another are prohibited on the Bryant campus or at any University sponsored function. Students and student organizations are subject to University disciplinary action and referral to local authorities for violation of the University drug policy.
Education, Counseling, and Treatment
Counseling Services 401-232-6045
Health Services 401-232-6220
Students who believe they have a problem with alcohol or other drugs may present their concerns to the Office of Counseling Services and/or the Office of Health Services. The professional staff in these offices can provide personal advising or counseling, detailed information on health risks and intervention strategies, and/or referrals to specialized substance abuse treatment programs as needed. All contacts with these offices are confidential and private.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Bryant University’s drug policies, please contact The Office of Community Standards.
1. No student shall have more than one guest at any time.
2. The behavior of guests is the responsibility of the host student. Host students will be held responsible for inappropriate behavior (vandalism, fights, etc.) committed by their guests. Therefore, students are required to accompany their guests around the campus at all times and to monitor their behavior.
3. Each student has the right to his or her room, however, the further privilege of entertaining guests in a bedroom is a negotiable agreement between roommates.
4. Guests will not be permitted on campus unless cleared by their hosts through the entrance gate. Guests coming on campus after 11:45 pm must have their host come to claim them at the gate.
5. Guest may stay overnight in the residence halls or townhouses for a maximum of two (2) nights within a seven-day period.
6. Resident students who consistently stay/sleep in another resident’s room and/or suite for more than two nights may be subject to disciplinary action.
7. All guests of students shall be at least eighteen (18) years of age, unless accompanied by a parent or certified legal guardian, or with prior approval of the parent or guardian from the Residential Life Office. Students expecting guests under the age of 18 must request such permission from the Residential Life Office no less than three (3) days before their guest’s scheduled arrival.
8. Violation of guest policy may result in loss of future guest privileges.
9. Alumni who are staying overnight in the residence halls need to be registered as guests.
10. Guests (regardless of age) may not bring any amount of alcohol onto campus at any time.
11. Guest passes will not be issued for the first full weekend of the Fall Semester, nor from the Wednesday before Spring Weekend through the Sunday of Spring Weekend. Likewise, guest passes will not be issued from the final day of classes each semester through the conclusion of the final exam schedule. Please contact the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students Office at 401-232-6046 with any questions.
Guest Policy for Commuting Students
1. Commuting students are not considered guests and may enter campus at any time with a valid Bryant University ID.
2. Commuters may host guests. The guest policy applies to their guests.
3. Commuters staying overnight in a residence hall must obtain a guest pass through a resident student. In this case, all policies and procedures noted for outside guests shall apply to the commuting student.
Guest Pass Procedure
The Guest Pass System can be accessed in:
1. Bryant Mobile App – click on the Guest Pass Icon (you must be logged in to the mobile app to access the Guest Pass system)
2. Banner Self-Service – Personal Tab – Guest Passes link
Guest Pass Process:
No student or group of students shall encourage or participate in any form of hazing on or off campus. Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created to produce excessive mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Such activities and situations include, but are not restricted to, paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; requiring the consumption of alcohol; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities conducted off-campus; wearing in public any apparel which is not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts; morally degrading games and activities which are not consistent with the law, ritual or policy of Greek governing bodies, the policies of student organizations, athletic teams, and Bryant departments, or the regulations, policies, and standards of Bryant University.
Hover boards, electric scooters and other lithium battery powered devices are prohibited from campus due to fire safety hazard.
Bryant University has a clearly defined University logo that will be used on all materials that represent the institution to particular audiences. In order to place that logo on materials or a Website, individuals, organizations, or departments must contact University Relations to request permission. There cannot be any alteration of the Bryant University logo.
There are two other accepted logos that fall within the Bryant University graphic standards. Individuals or organizations wishing to use either of these logos must also contact the University Relations Department for prior approval:
• Bryant Bulldogs (athletic logo)
• Bryant Alumni Association logo
The Bryant University seal is only used for formal academic materials. Anyone seeking to use the University seal must contact University Relations to request permission.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) serves as the lost and found repository at Bryant University. All articles found should be turned into DPS. Claims for lost articles should be made at the DPS office, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Articles not claimed within a reasonable time may be disposed of as determined appropriate.
For your safety, swimming, ice skating, walking on ice, and throwing persons or objects in the pond is prohibited at all times.
Skateboards and roller blades and any other wheeled transportation (i.e. razor scooters) may be used on university sidewalks, but skateboard or roller blade use is strictly prohibited inside any building.
Charitable, Religious, and Political Solicitations
Charitable, religious and political solicitation on university property is not allowed unless they have received the permission of the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students or designee. Permission for such solicitation will be granted only to the extent that such activities are consistent in time, place, and manner with the mission and activities of Bryant University.
Student ventures are defined as projects conducted by students for the purpose of making a profit. Solicitation applies to commercial, charitable, religious and political endeavors.
• No Bryant University student may engage in the sale and distribution of goods or services to or solicitation of subscriptions from Bryant University students, faculty, and/or staff without the approval in writing from the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students or designee.
• Bryant University assumes no liability for the products or services provided by student businesses.
• Students may not use their residence hall address (i.e., Bryant University post office box number) as a business address.
• All parties granted permission to sell or solicit for the sale of merchandise must agree to abide by appropriate federal, state and local regulations.
• The office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students may review at any time the operation of any student business and may revoke its permission to operate on campus.
Student Organization Ventures / Fundraisers
Student organization ventures/fundraisers are projects conducted by Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) for the purpose of making a profit. Student organizations may sell or solicit for the sale of merchandise on campus only with the written approval of the Center for Student Leadership and Involvement. Such approval will be given only when it can be shown that the primary beneficiaries of the sale will be the University community and the student organization. RSOs seeking approval for fundraising and business endeavors must fill out this form.
Non-student ventures include all efforts to sell or solicit for the sale of merchandise by University employees, University affiliates, or commercial vendors.
For a small fraction of the overall tuition costs, GradGuard Tuition Insurance can protect your investment. Their Tuition Insurance provides reimbursement when a student is unable to complete an academic term due to an unforeseen, serious injury or illness, mental health condition or chronic illness.
Website: Main Campus Dining Page
A wide variety of conveniently located dining services are available to the Bryant community through Campus Dining Services. Hours are subject to change with limited notice at all locations.
The Archway Café
Monday – Thursday 7:30am – 8:30pm
Friday 7:30am – 2:00pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed
The Archway Café operates whenever classes are in session during the semester and offers a wide selection of snacks, sandwiches, salads and gourmet coffee. Accepts cash, credit cards, Dining Dollars and Bulldog Bucks. Meal exchange swipes may be used all day.
Bulldog Bytes Café
Bello Center Rotunda
Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 10:00pm
Friday 8:00am – 2:00pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed
Enjoy a hot cup of coffee, assorted breakfast sandwiches, pastry, fresh fruit cups and yogurt parfaits. Bulldog Bytes accepts cash, credit cards, Dining Dollars, and Bulldog Bucks. Meal exchange swipes may be used all day.
Fisher Student Center, 1st Floor
Dunkin accepts cash, gift cards, credit cards and Bulldog Bucks
Fisher Student Center, 1st Floor
Daily 11:00am – 11:00pm
Offering hot and cold meal exchanges
For Five Coffee
Academic Innovation Center
Monday – Thursday 7:30am – 8:00pm
Friday 7:30am – 2:00pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed
Offers a variety of gourmet coffees and cookies, breakfast items, salads, sandwiches, bowls and snack boxes.
Gulski Faculty Dining Room
Unistructure, 2nd Floor
Monday – Friday 7:30am – 2:00pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed
The Gulski Faculty Dining Room has everything you are looking for in an intimate dining setting. Meet a colleague for a quick cup of coffee or host a lunch meeting in the private dining room, either way we have you covered.
Fisher Student Center, Late Night Walk-Up Window
Sunday – Wednesday 11:30pm – 1:00am
Thursday – Saturday 11:30pm – 2:00am
Serving late night fare
Salmanson Dining Hall
Unistructure, 1st Floor
Monday – Friday 7:15am – 10:30am/11:00am – 3:00pm/4:30pm – 8:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 9:00am – 2:00pm (brunch); 5:00pm – 7:30pm (dinner)
Salmanson meals are served cafeteria style with unlimited seconds. The facility is open to students who are on the meal plan and to students, faculty, staff and guests who may pay at the entrance. Accepted methods of payment include cash, Dining Dollars or Bulldog Bucks. The dining hall is closed between meals.
Fisher Student Center, 1st Floor
Monday – Friday 11:00am – 11:30pm
Saturday and Sunday 2:00pm – 11:30pm
Offering menus from three restaurants daily: Harvest Eats, The Bird & Brine, and Burger Shop. This venue will allow for pre-ordering from a new App, and a new Kiosk located in Fisher Student Center with pick-up at “Grab & Go” Lockers.
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. Bryant Dining 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 mandatory, 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 days of each semester (first 7 days of classes) by using this link: MyHousing – Self Service.
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 Auxiliary Services at email@example.com, 401-232-6035.
Meal Plan Offering to Commuters and Townhouse Residents: A 75 Block Meal Plan (75 meals) is now available for purchase for $999.00. Students should log into MyHousing – Self Service, navigate to the Dining Tab, and follow the steps to purchase this meal plan. This plan does not include Dining Dollars or Bulldog Bucks.
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: $3373.50
*Due to the nature of the Unlimited Plan, meal exchanges are limited to three 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: $3215.00
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: $3155.00
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: $2846.50
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 asking a cashier for a receipt or by downloading the GET App on the Bryant Mobile App, which allows students to track meals, Dining Dollars, guest meals and Bulldog Bucks balances.
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 accept meal swipes from students wishing to obtain a meal exchange at The Archway Café, Bulldog Bytes Café, and The Exchange.
Dining Dollars come with your meal plan and can be used at all Bryant Dining Services locations, including The Archway Café , Bulldog Bytes Café, For Five Coffee, 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.
Bryant Dining 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:
In extreme circumstances, the University may exempt a student from a required meal plan for documented medical conditions which cannot be accommodated by Bryant Dining Services. In these cases, Cheryl Brock, in consultation with Health Services and Bryant Dining, 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: MyHousing – Self Service 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 Bryant Dining provides options for these dietary needs with “Simple Servings” which provide safe, delicious choices for diners with food allergies or gluten intolerance. “Simple Servings” exclude milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts and gluten from menus. Other circumstances not considered cause for exemption include work, class or practice schedules, personal preference, or financial considerations.
To ensure you are completely satisfied with your dining experience, we encourage you to provide suggestions and feedback to any Bryant Dining staff member during your meal. Staff are available at every shift to take suggestions.
Location: Unistructure, 1st Floor across from Amica Center for Career Education
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.
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).
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 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.
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. 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
Website: Interfaith Center and Campus Ministries
Contact: Dr. Noelle Harris, Assistant Dean and Director of Counseling and
Religious and Spiritual Life @ 401-232-6045 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 learn from one another. Opportunities are provided for members of the Bryant University community to develop and grow in character by exploring the spiritual and ethical dimensions of their lives and those around them. As part of Student Affairs, the Interfaith Center and Campus Ministries work in tandem with the other centers to ensure an inclusive Bryant Community.
The Interfaith Center sponsors diverse speakers, and programs of a variety of faith traditions. Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, and Muslim chaplains are available to all members of the University community as sources of support, guidance, and spiritual development and integration. We offer regular religious services, as well as a variety of programs that support and challenge students to develop as a whole person. The campus chaplains are also available to participate in programs and discussions sponsored by faculty, resident assistants, campus groups and clubs, and individual students. The chaplains hold office hours to meet with members of the Bryant community; call or visit us to set up a time.
The University offers a number of interfaith celebrations throughout the year, including the annual Festival of Lights each December and Baccalaureate Services during Commencement weekend.
Location: Unistructure room 277
Website: Media Services
The Media Services Department has a wide variety of Audio and Video Equipment that can be borrowed for academic and extracurricular activities.
Information Security Guidelines:
Location: Unistructure, 2nd Floor
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:
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.
Students should use the following as their Bryant address:
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.
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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The Bryant Pledge was modeled after the principles outlined in Ernest Boyer’s Campus Life: In Search of Community. Boyer maintains that the most successful universities model and support several guiding principles. They foster those principles within the campus community. These principles were adapted to Bryant University as follows:
Bryant University is an educationally purposeful community – a place where faculty, staff and students work together to strengthen teaching and learning on campus.
The campus is a place where high standards of civility are set and violations are challenged. Bryant University is a community whose members speak and listen carefully to each other.
Bryant University is a place where the sacredness of each person is honored and where diversity is aggressively pursued.
Bryant University clearly states both its academic and social expectations. All must accept their obligations as citizens of the Bryant community and expect to be held accountable for behavior as individuals and members of groups.
The university is a caring community where the well-being of each member is supported and where service to others is encouraged.
The campus finds opportunities to affirm both tradition and change. Orientation, Convocation, Homecoming, Family & Friends Weekend, Festival of Lights, Commencement and other activities are examples of celebratory activities. Good traditions must be preserved, new ones established and others extinguished.
The Bryant University Mission: Bryant University will educate and inspire students to discover their passion, become innovative leaders with character and make a difference around the world. To enter Bryant University is to become a member of a community. Membership in this community is a privilege and an opportunity; participating in and supporting this community is a responsibility we all share.
To help you succeed and to further the development of our community, Bryant University commits to:
As a new member of the Bryant University community, I will strive to:
“We never educate directly, but indirectly by means of the environment. Whether we permit chance environments to do the work, or whether we design environments for the purpose makes a great difference.” (John Dewey 1933, p. 22)
Bryant University is committed to educating students to discover their passion and become leaders of character who make a difference around the globe. Another goal of ours is to encourage students to develop a sense of self-worth, an understanding of the behavior of themselves and others, an awareness of ethical issues, and a commitment to their own responsibility for upholding and strengthening community standards at Bryant. Students are expected to obey the policies of Bryant University as well as applicable local, state and federal laws and are not entitled to greater immunity or privilege before the law than that enjoyed by ordinary citizens. As they prize rights and responsibilities for themselves, students are expected to respect the rights and responsibilities of others. For infractions of laws, regulations, policies and standards, students may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University. Such disciplinary action may be imposed for violations which occur off campus when the violation may have an adverse effect on the University.
The following selected terms are defined in an effort to facilitate a more thorough understanding of The Student Code. This list is not intended to be a complete list of all the terms referenced in The Student Code that might require interpretation or clarification. The Assistant Dean of Community Standards or designee shall make the final determination on the definition of any term found in The Student Code.
“Accused student” means any student accused of violating the Student Code.
“Hearing Officer” or “student conduct officer” means a University staff member who is authorized to determine the appropriate resolution of an alleged violation of The Student Code, and/or to impose sanctions or affect other remedies as appropriate. Subject to the provision in this code, a hearing officer as well as a student conduct officer is vested with the authority to, among other duties, investigate a complaint of an alleged violation of The Student Code; decline to pursue a complaint; refer identified disputants to mediation or other appropriate resources; establish The Student Code alleged violations regarding an accused student; approve an administrative agreement developed with an accused student; conduct a hearing; impose sanctions; approve sanctions recommended by another hearing body; chair and/or advise a hearing and conduct an appellate review.
“Appellate body” means any person or persons authorized by the Vice President for Student Affairs, or designee to conduct a review of a decision reached by a hearing body.
“Business day” means any day, Monday through Friday, in which the University is open.
“Complainant” means any person who submits an allegation that a student violated The Student Code. When a student believes that they have been a victim of another student’s misconduct, the student who believes they have been a victim will have the same rights under The Student Code as are provided to the complainant, even if another member of the University community submitted the charge itself.
“Consent” Consent is a clear, informed and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. Consent requires an outward demonstration, through understandable words or behavior, that conveys a clear willingness to engage in sexual activity. Consent to one type of sexual activity does not equal consent to other types of sexual activity. Consent can be withdrawn at any point during sexual activity and the sexual activity must stop immediately. A verbal “no” establishes lack of consent. Silence, without clear actions demonstrating permission, cannot be assumed to indicate consent – the absence of “no” does not equal “yes.” Consent cannot be obtained by coercion, threat or force. Consent cannot be given by someone if they are mentally or physically incapacitated. Engaging in sexual activity with a person whom you know — or reasonably should know — to be incapacitated constitutes sexual misconduct. A person also is incapable of giving valid consent to sexual activity if they are under the legal age of consent (age 16 in Rhode Island). Although consent does not need to be verbal, verbal communication is the most reliable form of asking for and gauging consent. Talking with sexual partners about desires and limits may seem awkward, but serves as the basis for positive sexual experiences shaped by mutual willingness and respect. Presumptions based upon contextual factors (such as clothing, alcohol consumption, or dancing) are unwarranted and do not constitute evidence of consent.
“Designee” refers to a staff or faculty member who has responsibility for implementing the student conduct process or administering the student conduct system, in part or in whole.
“Assistant Dean of Community Standards” refers to that person in Student Affairs, designated by the VP for Student Affairs to be responsible for the overall coordination of the University student conduct system, including the development of policies, procedures, and education and training programs. The Assistant Dean of Community Standards may serve as a hearing officer, student conduct officer and/or an appellate body.
“Hearing Board Chair” means a hearing officer who observes a hearing board/meeting and during the hearing board’s private deliberations for the purpose of providing information and interpretations relative to the University student conduct system and The Student Code.
“Hearing Officer/Hearing Board” means one or more members of the University community authorized by the Assistant Dean of Community Standards or designee to determine whether a student has violated The Student Code and to impose sanctions as warranted.
“Maxient database” means the electronic database used to track an incident and the response taken.
“Instructor” means any faculty member, teaching assistant or any other person authorized by the University to provide educational services (e.g., teaching, research, or academic advising).
“May” is used in the permissive sense.
“Member of the University community” includes any person who is a student, instructor, or University staff member; any other person working for the University, either directly or indirectly (e.g., private enterprise on campus); or any person who resides on University premises. A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Assistant Dean Community Standards.
“Policy” is defined as the written regulations, standards, and student conduct expectations adopted by the University and found in, but not limited to, The Student Code; The Terms and Conditions of the Occupancy and Board Contract; the Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs, the Policy on Harassment; graduate and undergraduate catalogs; and other publicized University notice
“Shall” and “Will” are used in the imperative sense.
“Student” means any person admitted, registered, enrolled, or attending any University course or University conducted program; any person admitted to the University who is on University premises or University-related premises for any purpose pertaining to their registration or enrollment.
“Student conduct file” means the printed/written/electronic file which may include but is not limited to incident report(s), correspondence, academic transcript, witness statements, and student conduct history.
“Student organization” means an association or group of persons that has complied with the formal requirements for University recognition.
“Support person” means any person who accompanies an accused student, a complainant, or a victim to a hearing for the limited purpose of providing support and guidance. A support person may not directly address the hearing body, question witnesses, or otherwise actively participate in the hearing process.
“University” means Bryant University.
“University official” includes any person employed by the University to perform administrative, instructional, or professional duties.
“University premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the University, either solely or in conjunction with another entity.
The Assistant Dean of Community Standards or designee shall determine the composition of Community Standards Hearing Boards and determine which Hearing Officer(s), Student Conduct Administrator(s), and Appellate Board shall be authorized to hear each matter.
The Assistant Dean of Community Standards or designee shall develop policies for the administration of the student conduct system and procedural rules for the conduct of Student Conduct Hearings that are not inconsistent with provisions of the Student Code.
Decisions made by a Student Conduct Board and/or Student Conduct Administrator or designee shall be final, pending the normal appeal process. Decisions will be communicated to both the Complainant and Responding students.
A. Jurisdiction of the University Student Code
The University Student Code shall apply to conduct that occurs on University premises, at University sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the University Community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student shall be responsible for their conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment (and even if their conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded). The Student Code shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending. The Assistant Dean of Community Standards or designee shall decide whether the Student Code shall be applied to conduct occurring off campus, on a case by case basis, in their sole discretion.
B. Conduct—Rules and Regulations
1. Abuse of the Student Conduct System, including but not limited to:
a. Failure to obey the notice from a Student Conduct Hearing Process or University official to appear for a meeting or hearing as part of the Student Conduct System.
b. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a Student Conduct Hearing Board or Officer.
c. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a Student Conduct proceeding.
d. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participating in, or use of, the student conduct system.
e. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a Student Conduct Board prior to, and/or during the course of, the Student Conduct Board proceeding.
f. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a Student Conduct Board prior to, during, and/or after a student conduct code proceeding.
g. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code.
h. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the student conduct code system.
2. Abusive Conduct, physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person including but not limited to:
a. Sexual misconduct.
b. Sexual harassment.
c. Sexual exploitation.
d. Bullying/Cyber bullying.
e. Threats of violence.
f. Domestic violence.
h. Emotional, mental, or psychological abuse.
i. Use of technology or social media to target groups or individuals.
3. Abuse of Computer Facilities or theft or other abuse of computer facilities and resources, including but not limited to:
a. Unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.
b. Unauthorized transfer of a file.
c. Use of another individual’s identification and/or password.
d. Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or University Official.
e. Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or abusive messages.
f. Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with normal operation of the University computing system.
g. Use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws.
h. Any violation of the University Computer Use Policy.
4. Abusive language or other behavior that is inappropriate, threatening and directed toward University staff.
5. Alcohol – Possession/Use – The use, possession, being in the presence of, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except as expressly permitted by University regulations), or public intoxication. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstance, be used by, possessed by or distributed to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age anywhere on University Property or off-campus establishments.
6. Arson or interference with or misuse of the fire safety systems, or repeated fire safety violations.
7. Bias Incident or Hate Crime
a. A bias incident is an act of bigotry, harassment or intimidation toward a person, property or group based on the person’s or group’s actual or perceived race, religion, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, pregnancy, marital status, or any other category protected by law. It can be an event, image, utterance, or behavior that demeans or degrades an individual or group from a protected category. This could occur physically, verbally, in writing or via social media or electronic means. A bias incident can occur whether the act is intentional or unintentional and may or may not be an unlawful act.
b. A hate crime is any crime motivated by bigotry and bias, including, but not limited to threatened, attempted, or completed acts that appear after investigation to have been motivated by racial, religious, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression or disability prejudice or motivated by prejudice against a person who is homeless or is perceived to be homeless (RI Gen. Laws, § 42-28-46(a)(2)).
8. Breach of peace; or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on University premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by, the University or members of the academic community.
9. Damage or Vandalism- deliberative or accidental to property of the University or property of a member of the University community or other personal or public property, on or off campus.
10. Dangerous Items- Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, ammunition, fireworks, BB or pellet guns, paintball guns, knives longer than 3 inches, martial arts weapons or dangerous chemicals on University premises or use of any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms, threatens or causes fear to others.
11. Demonstrations – Participating in an on-campus or off-campus demonstration, riot or activity that disrupts the normal operations of the University and/or infringes on the rights of other members of the University community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area.
12. Disorderly Conduct – conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; disorderly conduct includes but is not limited to: Any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person while on University premises without their prior knowledge, or without their effective consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress. This includes, but is not limited to, surreptitiously taking pictures of another person where there is reasonable expectation of privacy, i.e. residence hall room, locker room, or restroom.
13. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other University activities, including its public service functions on or off campus, or of other authorized non-University activities when the conduct occurs on University premises.
14. Drugs- Possession/Use – The use, possession, manufacturing, distribution, or being in the presence of marijuana, prescription drugs other than intended use, narcotics, or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law. Possession of drug related paraphernalia is also prohibited e.g., rolling papers, grinders, bongs, or pipes.
Despite changes in state law, (legalization of the recreational use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21) Bryant University’s policies remain unchanged as federal law regarding marijuana use, possession, manufacturing, and distribution is observed. Marijuana in any form or amount is prohibited on campus.
15. Failure to comply with directions of University officials or law enforcement officers acting in the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.
16. False Information – Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the student code sanctions.
a. Furnishing false information.
b. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University document, record, or instrument of identification;
c. Possession of any form of false identification.
17. Gambling – Any of the following activities on University-owned or controlled property: taking or receiving gambling bets; receiving and or extorting money for gambling debts; distributing gambling material. Placing bets of any kind on University-owned or controlled property or at any University or University organization sponsored or supervised function.
18. Guiding Principles – Violations of any kind of the University’s Guiding Principles and Pledge.
19. Hazing, defined as an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations of this rule.
20. Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on University premises or at University sponsored or supervised functions.
21. Theft -attempted or actual theft of property of the University or property of a member of the University community or other personal or public property, on or off campus.
22. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys or Bryant ID card to any premises or unauthorized entry to or use of University premises.
23. Violation of any University policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy or available electronically on the University website.
24. Violation of any federal, state or local law.
25. Violation of University policies, rules or regulations as published in the Student Handbook, or other official University publications.
C. Violation of Law and University Discipline
University disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and this Student Code (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under this Student Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus at the discretion of the Assistant Dean of Community Standards.
Determinations made or sanctions imposed under this Student Code shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of University rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant. When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, the University will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also being processed under the Student Code, the University may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Code and of how such matters are typically handled within the University community. The University will attempt to cooperate with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators (provided that the conditions do not conflict with campus rules or sanctions). Individual students and other members of the University community, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.
A. Informal Resolutions and Community Standards Hearings
An Informal Resolution is an educational discussion regarding an alleged incident. Informal Resolutions can take place when a complaint is received by the Office of Community Standards that does not rise to the level of a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook. During the meeting, a University official will discuss the University’s concern with the student’s involvement in the alleged situation. The conversation is developmental in nature and an opportunity for the student to learn about the impact of their behavior. The student will also reflect on how to prevent similar situations from occurring in the future. Bryant University expects that all members of the community understand their behavioral responsibilities and respect the rights of all other community members. Bryant University expects its students to adhere to high standards of civility and to behave in a responsible manner that brings credit to themselves and the University at all times. Repeated behaviors may result in formal hearing proceedings.
Community Standards Hearing Boards and Formal Hearings
Any member of the University community may file charges against a student for violations of the Student Code. A charge shall be prepared in writing and directed to the Assistant Dean of Community Standards. Any charge should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place, preferably within two weeks.
The Assistant Dean of Community Standards or designee may conduct an investigation to determine if the charges have merit and/or if they can be disposed of administratively by mutual consent of the parties involved on a basis acceptable to the Student Conduct Administrator. Such disposition shall be final and there shall be no subsequent proceedings. If the charges are not admitted and/or cannot be disposed of by mutual consent, the Assistant Dean of Community Standards may later serve in the same matter as the Community Standards Hearing Board or a member thereof. If the student admits violating institutional rules, but sanctions are not agreed to, subsequent process, including a hearing if necessary, shall be limited to determining the appropriate sanction(s).
All charges shall be presented to the Accused Student in written form, which includes a written copy or an email. A time shall be set for a hearing, not less than five nor more than fifteen calendar days after the student has been notified. Maximum time limits for scheduling of Hearings may be extended at the discretion of the Assistant Dean of Community Standards.
Hearings shall be conducted by a Community Standards Hearing Board/Hearing Officer(s) according to the following guidelines:
a. Hearings shall be conducted in private.
b. The Complainant, Accused Student and their advisors, if any, shall be allowed to attend the entire portion of the Hearing at which information is received (excluding deliberations). Admission of any other person to the Hearing shall be at the discretion of the Assistant Dean of Community Standards or designee.
c. In Hearings involving more than one Accused Student, the Assistant Dean of Community Standards, in their discretion, may permit the Hearings concerning each student to be conducted either separately or jointly.
d. The Complainant and the Accused Student have the right to be assisted by an advisor they choose, at their own expense. The Complainant and/or the Accused Student is responsible for presenting their own information, and therefore, advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in any Hearing. A student should select as an advisor a person whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled date and time for the Hearing because delays will not normally be allowed due to the scheduling conflicts of an advisor.
e. The Complainant and the Accused Student have the right to request a redacted copy of Public Safety Reports through the Department of Public Safety.
f. The Complainant, the Accused Student and the hearing officer may arrange for witnesses to present pertinent information at the hearing. The University will try to arrange the attendance of possible witnesses who are members of the University community, if reasonably possible, and who are identified by the Complainant and/or Accused Student at least two weekdays prior to the hearing. Witnesses will provide information to and answer questions from the Community Standards Hearing Board/Hearing Officer(s). Questions may be suggested by the Accused Student and/or Complainant to be answered by each other or by other witnesses. This will be conducted by the Hearing Chair/Hearing Officer with such questions directed to the Hearing Chair, rather than to the witness directly. This method is used to preserve the educational tone of the hearing and to avoid the creation of an adversarial environment. Questions of whether potential information will be received shall be resolved in the discretion of the Hearing Chair.
g. Pertinent records, exhibits, and written statements (including Student Impact Statements) may be accepted as information for consideration by the chairperson or the hearing officer.
h. All procedural questions are subject to the final decision of the Hearing Chair/Hearing officer.
i. After the portion of the hearing concludes in which all pertinent information has been received, the Hearing Officer shall determine whether the Accused Student has violated each section of The Student Code which the student is charged with violating.
j. The hearing officer’s determination shall be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not (the preponderance of the evidence standard) that the Accused Student violated The Student Code.
k. Formal rules of process, procedure, and/or technical rules of evidence, such as are applied in criminal or civil court, are not used in Student Code proceedings.
If an Accused Student, with notice, does not appear at Hearing, the information in support of the charges shall be presented and considered even if the Accused Student is not present.
The Hearing may accommodate concerns for the personal safety, well-being, and/or fears of confrontation of the Complainant, Accused Student, and/or other witness during the hearing by providing separate facilities, by using a visual screen, and/or by permitting participation by telephone, closed circuit television, video conferencing, videotape, audio tape, written statement, or other means, where and as determined in the sole judgment of Assistant Dean of Community Standards to be appropriate.
Order of the Hearing
The following is an outline of the process of a hearing. Any questions relative to the process should be directed to the Assistant Dean of Community Standards.
A. The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Code:
Warning—A notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations.
Probation—A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to violate any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period.
Loss of Privileges—Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
Fines—Previously established and published fines may be imposed.
Restitution—Compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
Educational Sanctions—Work assignments, online modules, reflections, essays, service to the University, or other related discretionary assignments.
Residence Hall Suspension—Separation of the student from the residence halls for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified. Students suspended from residence halls shall receive no refund of room or board.
Residence Hall Eviction—Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls. Students evicted from residence halls shall receive no refund of room or board.
University Suspension—Separation of the student from the University for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Suspended students are required to schedule a review meeting with the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs to be considered for readmission to the University. Students suspended from the university shall receive no refund of tuition, room, board or other fees.
University Expulsion—Permanent separation of the student from the University. Students expelled from the university shall receive no refund of tuition, room, board or other fees.
Revocation of Admission and/or Degree—Admission to or a degree awarded from the University may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of University standards in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.
Withholding Degree—The University may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the process set forth in this Student Conduct Code, including the completion of all sanctions imposed, if any.
*More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.
Student conduct sanctions shall not be made part of the student’s permanent academic record, but shall become part of the student’s conduct record. Upon graduation, the student’s conduct record may be expunged of student conduct actions other than residence hall expulsion, University suspension, University expulsion, or revocation or withholding of a degree, upon application to the Assistant Dean of Community Standards. Cases involving the imposition of sanctions other than residence hall expulsion, University suspension, University expulsion or revocation or withholding of a degree shall be expunged from the student’s confidential record five years after final disposition of the case.
In situations involving both a Respondent(s) (or group or organization) and a Complainant of another student’s conduct, the records of the process and of the sanctions imposed, if any, shall be considered to be the education records of both the Respondent(s) and Complainant because the educational career and chances of success in the academic community of each may be impacted.
The following sanctions may be imposed upon groups or organizations:
In certain circumstances, the Assistant Dean of Community Standards or a designee, may impose a University or residence hall suspension prior to the Hearing. Students on interim suspension shall receive no refund of tuition, room, board or other fees.
Interim suspension may be imposed only: 1) to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the University community or preservation of University property; b) to ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being; or c) if the student poses an ongoing threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of the University.
During the interim suspension, a student shall be denied access to the residence halls and/or to the campus (including classes) and/or all other University activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as the Assistant Dean of Community Standards may determine to be appropriate.
The interim suspension does not replace the regular process, which shall proceed on the normal schedule, up to and through a Hearing, if required.
1. A decision reached by a Hearing Officer or a sanction imposed by the Assistant Dean of Community Standards may be appealed by the Accused Student(s) to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students or designee within five (5) school days of the decision. Such appeals shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Assistant Dean of Community Standards or their designee.
2. Except as required to explain the basis of new information, an appeal shall be limited to a review of Hearing and supporting documents for one or more of the following purposes:
a. To determine whether the Student Conduct Board Hearing was conducted fairly in light of the charges and information presented, and in conformity with prescribed procedures giving the complaining party a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present information that the Student Code was violated, and giving the Accused Student a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present a response to those allegations. Deviations from designated procedures will not be a basis for sustaining an appeal unless significant prejudice results.
b. To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed were appropriate for the violation of the Student Code which the student was found to have committed.
c. To consider new information, sufficient to alter a decision or other relevant facts not brought out in the original hearing, because such information and/or facts were not known to the person appealing at the time of the original Hearing.
3. If an appeal is granted by the Appellate Body, the Appellate Body has the right to make the following decisions based on the appeal hearing: 1) to accept and enforce the original sanction given to the accused student; 2) to make the original sanction more stringent; 3) to lower or lessen the original sanctions; 4) or order a new hearing for the accused.
The appeals officer shall notify the student in writing of his or her final decision within five class days unless special circumstances make that impossible.
The health and safety of every student at Bryant University is of utmost importance. Bryant University recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that an incident of violence occurs, including, but not limited to, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. Bryant University strongly encourages students to report incidents of violence to institution officials. A bystander acting in good faith, or a reporting individual acting in good faith, who discloses any incident of violence to Bryant University’s officials or law enforcement will not be subject to Bryant University’s code of conduct action for violations of alcohol- and/or drug-use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the incident of violence.
The physical health and safety of every student at Bryant University is of utmost importance. Students are expected and highly encouraged to alert emergency responders (DPS) or university officials (Resident Assistants, Community Directors) for themselves or others in situations where medical attention is needed due to intoxication or drug ingestion. Bryant University recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. Bryant University encourages reporting behavior and will treat the situation as a medical issue, instead of a conduct issue. The student who requests and receives medical attention for themselves will be required to meet with the Associate Director of Community Standards and engage in educational and/or counseling programs. The student is still responsible for any fees related to their medical care and education. A bystander acting in good faith, or a reporting individual acting in good faith, who discloses any medical emergency to Bryant University’s officials or law enforcement will not be subject to Bryant University’s code of conduct action for violations of alcohol- and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the medical emergency. Regardless of the medical emergency, students may be held accountable for other policy violations that occurred adjacent to the medical response (e.g., property damage, disorderly behavior, violence towards responders).
The University reserves the right to suspend a student temporarily from the institution for a psychological or medical condition when there is reason to believe they are a risk to themselves or others and/ or may disrupt the community. Such action by the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students or their designee, will be done with appropriate professional consultation, and normally after consultation with the student involved. These policies and procedures supersede all previous statements and policies with respect to student rights, responsibilities and disciplinary procedures including, but not limited to, the policy statement contained within the undergraduate course catalog.
Parents or legal guardians of dependent students (as defined under Section 99.31 (a)(8) of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) may be notified of judicial action taken against a student. Parents or legal guardians may be notified of violations of any drug and/or alcohol policy violations. This notification would not be made in cases where a student can demonstrate financial independence.
Disciplinary records are maintained by the Assistant Dean of Community Standards or the Vice President for Student Affairs/ Dean of Students. These records are normally maintained for a period of five years from the time of the hearing. While disciplinary records, files and decisions are confidential, information may be shared with other University departments on a need-to-know basis, as determined by the Vice President/Dean of Students.
The on campus contact for FERPA is the Registrar: 401-232-6080
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a Federal law which states (a) that a written institutional policy must be established and (b) that a statement of adopted procedures covering the privacy rights of students be made available. The law provides that the institution will maintain the confidentiality of student education records. Bryant University accords all the rights under the law to its students. No one outside the institution shall have access to nor will the institution disclose any information from the students’ education records without the written consent of students except to personnel within the institution, to officials of other institutions in which students seek to enroll, to persons or organizations providing students financial aid, to accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function, to persons in compliance with a judicial order, and to persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons. These exceptions are permitted under the Act and a record of disclosure is maintained. Within the Bryant University community, only those members, individually or collectively, acting in the students’ educational interest are allowed access to student education records. These members include personnel in the Office of Academic Records, Financial Aid, Admission, Bursar, Student Affairs, Public Safety, and Graduate and Undergraduate Programs and academic personnel within the limitations of their need to know.
At its discretion, the institution may provide Directory Information in accordance with the provisions of the Act to include: student name, address, telephone number, email address, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, honors, degrees and awards received including dates, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, schedule of classes, and weight and height of members of athletic teams. Students may withhold Directory Information by notifying the Registrar/Academic Office in writing within two weeks after the first day of class for each fall term, as non-disclosure requests may only be honored for one academic year at a time.
The law provides students with the right to inspect and review information contained in their educational records, and to submit explanatory statements for inclusion in their files if they feel the decision of the hearing panels to be unacceptable. The Registrar at Bryant University has been designated by the institution to coordinate the inspection and review procedures for most student education records. The Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students coordinates the inspection of all disciplinary records. Students wishing to review their education records must make written request to the Registrar’s Office at 401-232-6237.
Records covered by the Act will be made available within forty-five days of the request. Students may have made at their request of their records with certain exceptions (e.g., a copy of the academic record for which a financial “hold” exists). Education records do not include records of instructional, administrative, and educational personnel which are the sole possession of the maker and are not accessible or revealed to any individual except a temporary substitute, records of the law enforcement unit, student health records, employment records or alumni records. Health records, however, may be reviewed by physicians of the students’ choosing.
Students may not inspect and review the following as outlined by the Act: financial information submitted by their parents; any records to which they have waived their rights of inspection and review; or education records containing information about more than one student in which case the institution will permit access only to that part of the record which pertains to the inquiring student. The institution is not required to permit students to inspect and review confidential letters and recommendations placed in their files prior to January 1975, provided those letters were collected under established policies of confidentiality and were used for the purpose for which they were collected.
Students who believe that their education records contain information that is inaccurate or misleading, or is otherwise in violation of their privacy or other rights may discuss their problem informally with the Registrar. If the decisions are in agreement with the students’ request, the appropriate records will be amended. If not, students will be notified within a reasonable period of their right, under the law, to a hearing. Student request for a formal hearing must be made in writing to the individual designated, who within a reasonable period of time, will inform students of the date, place, and time of hearing. Students may present evidence relevant to the issues raised and may be assisted or represented at the hearings by one or more persons of their choice, including attorneys, at the students’ expense. The hearing panels which will adjudicate such challenges will be the individuals designate, (e.g., Vice President for
Academic Affairs and representative of the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, etc.) Decisions of the hearing panels will be final, will be based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing, and will consist of written statements summarizing the evidence and stating the reasons for the decisions, and will be delivered to all parties concerned.
The education records will be corrected or amended in accordance with the decisions of the hearing panels, if the decisions are in favor of the student. If the decisions are unsatisfactory to the students, the students may place within the education records statements commenting on the information in the records, or statements setting forth any reasons for disagreeing with the decisions of the hearing panels. The statement will be placed in the education records, maintained as part of the students’ records, and released whenever the records in question are disclosed.
Students who believe that the adjudications of their challenges were unfair, may request in writing assistance from the President of the Institution.
Further, students who believe that their rights have been abridged may file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office (FERPA), Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC 20201, concerning the alleged failures of Bryant University to comply with the Act.
(Grievances may include, among others, sexual harassment or assault and/ or discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or disability.)
Any Bryant student or recognized student group may file a grievance in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students when it appears that a personal right or guaranteed privilege has been violated by an employee of the University. The Vice President/Dean will decide if the grievance has sufficient merit to pursue using formal or informal procedures.
Formal grievance procedures are heard by an ad hoc committee appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and will mirror the procedures and protections in place for the University Disciplinary Committee with any adaptation of those procedures or protections requiring approval of the Vice President/Dean and notification to all involved parties.
Location: Unistructure, 2nd Floor
Questions regarding a student’s financial account with the University that are not resolved after discussion with the Bursar may be appealed to the Associate VP for Business Affairs. The student should submit a written memorandum of his/her complaint to the Associate VP for Business Affairs within three business days after receiving the Bursar’s decision. The Associate VP for Business Affairs will schedule a meeting with the student within five business days after receiving the memorandum. The Associate VP for Business Affairs’ decision may be appealed to the Vice President for Business Affairs and the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and must be requested by the student within three business days of the Associate VP for Business Affairs’ decision. Once requested, the hearing will be scheduled within five business days. All decisions made by the Vice Presidents will be final and shared with the student, Bursar and Associate VP for Business Affairs.
Any question of interpretation or application of the Student Code shall be referred to the Assistant Dean of Community Standards or their designee for final determination. You may contact the Assistant Dean of Community Standards at 401-232-6140.
Bryant University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.
All expressions of intolerance and hate are in direct opposition to Bryant’s commitment to an inclusive environment and have no place on our campus. Bryant is committed to educating students to be leaders with character. This policy describes prohibited bias incidents, identifies resources and support provided to individuals who may have experienced such conduct, establishes procedures for reporting incidents, and outlines the process for handling bias incidents. A bias incident is a violation of the Bryant Student Code of Conduct and is subject to the same jurisdiction, regulations, conduct procedures, and sanctions as defined in the Student Code of Conduct and/or highlighted below.
All members of the Bryant University community are accountable for compliance with this policy. Bryant University is committed to eliminating bias incidents and hate crimes, wherever they occur in the University community, by taking corrective action as a result of violations of this policy. Violations may lead to disciplinary action up to and including separation from the University.
Violations of this policy may impact an individual(s) and/or the Bryant University community. After receiving a report of an alleged violation of the Bias Incident, the University will determine the appropriate next steps in accordance with our policy. In most cases the University will allow the complainant to determine if and when to initiate the bias incident process or any other relevant process. However, in instances where extensive harm has occurred or there is risk to an individual(s) or the campus community, Bryant may proceed with the student conduct process with the University serving as the complainant.
A bias incident is an act of bigotry, harassment or intimidation toward a person, property or group, based race, religion, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, pregnancy, marital status, or any other category protected by law. It can be an event, image, utterance, or behavior that demeans or degrades an individual or group and can occur physically, verbally, in writing or via social media or electronic means. A bias incident can occur whether the act is intentional or unintentional and may or may not be an unlawful act.
In identifying a bias incident, the focus is on behavior that impacts an individual (or individuals) or the Bryant University community. Such acts may result in creating a hostile environment and may have a negative psychological, emotional, or physical impact on an individual, group, and/ or community. Not every behavior rises to the level of a policy violation and yet some may be addressed to the extent it is inconsistent with our values. The determination whether an incident rises to a policy violation is dependent upon the behavior and context in which it occurred.
Hate crimes are defined and adjudicated by federal, state, and local governments. The U.S. Federal and Rhode Island State Codes follow below. Bryant University encourages complainants to file reports with local police and to press charges if warranted. However, the decision of whether to do that rests with the complainant. If the complainant does decide to work with local law enforcement, Bryant University will provide appropriate support to the individual in the process.
U.S. Federal Code § 249(1) Offenses involving actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin.—Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerous weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin of any person, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person.
RI Gen. Laws, § 42-28-46(a)(2) A hate crime is any crime motivated by bigotry and bias, including, but not limited to threatened, attempted, or completed acts that appear after investigation to have been motivated by racial, religious, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression or disability prejudice or motivated by prejudice against a person who is homeless or is perceived to be homeless.
Prohibited conduct may include, but not limited to, making offensive or derogatory remarks, or telling jokes about another person’s age, color, creed, disability, gender identity/expression, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or membership in another protected class.
Additional examples of prohibited conduct that might be found to be a bias incident include degrading, public tirades from a student, faculty, or staff member; humiliation based on one of Bryant’s protected classes; interference with the life or work of a person with a disability; desecration of religious articles or places; interference with the reasonable pursuit of religion; insults about loss of personal and professional competence addressed to an older person; using a racial, ethnic, or other slur directed toward someone, to identify someone, or to target someone such as leaving a message on a door; imitating someone with any kind of disability, or imitating someone’s cultural
norms or practices; drawing or creating pictures that imitate, stereotype, or belittle/ridicule someone because of their association (real or perceived) with one of Bryant’s protected classes; racist or derogatory graffiti or images/drawings; vandalizing the personal property of someone who is a member of one of Bryant’s protected classes.
Prohibited conduct may occur through:
· Direct oral expression and/or physical gestures or actions;
· Notes, letters, and other forms of written communication distributed via U.S. mail, campus mail, or otherwise made visible to the public;
· Phone calls, phone messages, or other forms of electronic verbal communication;
· Email, text messages, instant messaging, social networks, or other means of electronic communication.
Students have the right to report violations of this policy and participate as a witness in an investigation or hearing without fear of retaliation. Retaliation includes threats, intimidation, or reprisals. For example, it would be retaliatory to intimidate a witness or to shun a person from a student organization in retribution for the person having made complaints. It would also be retaliatory to use social media to negatively influence the reporting student or witnesses. Good faith reports of violations of Bryant University policy will generally not be considered retaliatory.
Bryant University strictly prohibits retaliation by any student, staff, or faculty member against a person who makes a report, assists someone with a report, or participates in any aspect of the investigation or resolution of a report.
Acts of retaliation by students are subject to the standard disciplinary procedure set forth in the Student Code of Conduct and, in certain cases, may result in suspension. Acts of retaliation by other members of the community, such as faculty or staff, are subject to sanction as set forth in the respective Faculty or Staff Handbooks.
As appropriate, the University will implement initial remedial and responsive actions upon notice of alleged violation of this policy. Such actions are determined by the context of the situation and will be based upon ensuring the student who filed the complaint has full access to their educational resources. A complainant need not necessarily pursue disciplinary or other action against the respondent in order to have access to remedial measures.
A member of the Office of Community Standards, in consultation with the Vice President for Student Affairs, shall determine any interim measures. The Vice President for Student Affairs may also determine and implement interim measures.
Bryant University will make every effort to safeguard the identities of students and Bryant University community members who seek help and/or report complaints of bias incidents. While steps are taken to protect the privacy of individuals involved, the University may need to investigate an incident and take action once an allegation is known, whether or not the complainant chooses to pursue a complaint. Files related to complaints of bias incidents will be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need for a thorough investigation.
If you have been a victim of a bias incident or hate crime, or have witnessed a situation, please report it immediately; anonymous reports are permitted. Do not touch any evidence; keep any voicemail or e-mail messages; do not wash away the graffiti; do not clean up the vandalism. If a reporter identifies an affected individual(s), a member of the Bias Incident Committee will meet with the individual(s) to gather more information and discuss options to aid them in moving forward. Though the University may elect to pursue a complaint, deference is usually given to the complainant’s decision when they do not wish to proceed with a formal complaint.
· Call the 24-hour Bias Incident Hotline at 401-232-6920. · Complete the Bias Incident Report Form.
· Visit the Department of Public Safety or contact a member of the Bias Incident Committee.
As part of the University’s commitment to an inclusive campus community, the Bias Incident Committee has been developed to address incidents that occur on-campus or at any Bryant-sponsored events. We urge all community members to familiarize themselves with the Protection from Harassment Policy and to promptly report any incidents that violate the standards that we as a community seek to uphold. Visit the Bias Incident Committee for more information and a list of committee members.
Students who report a bias incident can expect that their report will be acknowledged within 48 hours, and that a Bias Incident Committee member will be assigned to meet with the student to discuss options for addressing the issue and next steps of the process.
Once an incident has been reported, the Bias Incident Committee will discuss the report at the next weekly meeting or sooner if necessary. Based on the nature of the incident, the Committee can recommend appropriate next steps. Recommendations can include, but are not limited to, investigation by members of the Bias Incident Committee, investigation by the Department of Public Safety, a conversation with impacted individual(s), etc. Once all information about the incident has been gathered, the Committee will meet to review and discuss findings and make recommendations to the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee and VPHR or designee. When a reported incident has been found to meet the standards of a bias incident, the Bias Incident Committee will refer findings to the Office of Community Standards or Human Resources for action through existing disciplinary policy and processes. Due to privacy laws, the University may not be able to reveal all the information related to the investigation.
Bryant University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming educational and working environment for all members of its campus community. Consistent with these values and applicable law, including Tile IX, the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, the University maintains a comprehensive program designed to protect members of the University community from discrimination on the basis of sex or gender, which includes sexual misconduct such as sexual harassment and sexual assault, stalking and intimate partner violence.
Bryant’s Title IX Coordinators are responsible for coordinating Bryant’s compliance with Title IX. Bryant’s Title IX Coordinators are:
Meaghan Trayner, Associate Director, Human Resources
Mailee Kue, Assistant Vice President, PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator
Bryant University’s Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policies
The University’s policy on sexual misconduct and Title IX procedures are part of its broader prohibition against harassment or other discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, gender transition, religion, disability, age, genetic information, marital status, or protected veteran status. This commitment to non-discrimination applies to admissions, financial aid, academic matters, career services, counseling, housing, employment policies, scholarship programs, medical services, and all other programs and activities available at Bryant.
The student conduct process for dealing with complaints is described in The Student Code of Conduct. which provides additional information regarding sexual misconduct complaints. Individuals are strongly encouraged to read The Student Code of Conduct to fully understand the process.
Upon receiving a report of sexual misconduct, the Office of Community Standards may initiate an interim administrative action(s) as allowed by The Student Code of Conduct. Such action may be taken when, in the professional judgment of a University official, a threat of imminent harm to persons or property exists. Interim administrative action is not a sanction. It is taken in an effort to protect the safety and well-being of the complainant, the responding student, of others, of the University, or of property. Interim administrative action is preliminary in nature; it is in effect only until a student conduct matter has been resolved. Actions may include, but are not limited to, no contact instructions, modification of residence hall status, limited access to campus, or interim suspension. The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs may also impose interim measures or remedies that are not limited by The Student Code of Conduct.
After receiving a complaint, the designated investigator(s) will immediately begin to investigate and strive to reach a resolution within 60 days of notification; however, there are circumstances that may extend this resolution timeline (e.g., gathering witness information, scheduling). Incidents resulting in an administrative review/hearing are typically conducted within 15 days of the accused student being formally notified of the actual alleged violations. Regular updates as to the progress of the investigation will be provided to the complainant and the responding student by the investigator(s). Both the complainant and the responding student will be notified in writing of the outcome within 24 hours of the conclusion of the investigation or administrative review/hearing, whichever is later. Either party may request an appeal by submitting a request in writing within five business days of notification. Appeals are limited to a review of the process as outlined in The Student Code of Conduct.
Both the complainant and accused student are afforded the same rights as outlined in The Student Code of Conduct. This includes participating in the student conduct process, being accompanied by a support person, notification of the outcome, and the opportunity for appeal. The complete list is available in Part IV of The Student Code of Conduct.
Location: Fisher Student Center, 2nd Floor
Website: Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (IDEI) focuses on campus wide strategic initiatives to create and maintain an inclusive community. IDEI works with every divisional leader to align university efforts and oversees the work of the Council for Inclusive Excellence and the Student Advisory Board for Inclusive Excellence. This office assumes the organizational responsibility for the PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion which is comprised of the Intercultural Center, the Hochberg Women’s Center and the Pride Center.
Location: Fisher Student Center, 2nd Floor
Website: PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Through outreach, empowerment, advocacy, and education, the PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion (PwC CDI) works to promote an inclusive campus environment in which the voices and experiences of diverse individuals are valued and embodied. Our focus on the intersectionality of identities highlights the multidimensional and complex values that each of us bring to Bryant and emphasizes the imperative of being culturally competent. We view diversity and inclusion as relevant to all members of the Bryant community and define diversity in its broadest sense to include, but not to limit to, race, ethnicity, color, religious identity, spiritual beliefs, assigned sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability, national origin, socioeconomic status, and age. The PwC CDI is comprised of the Intercultural Center, the Hochberg Women’s Center and the Pride Center.
We work to advance Bryant University’s commitment to developing and enhancing global and diverse perspectives by:
Location: Fisher Student Center, 2nd Floor
Website: Intercultural Center
The Intercultural Center (ICC) is a place for international and domestic multicultural students and organizations. The Center supports and advocates for students and groups by providing culturally enriching programs and educational workshops that focus on race, culture, ethnicity, and social justice. Staff at the ICC serve as advocates for international and domestic multicultural students and are available for consultation. The Center creates programs to enhance appreciation for and awareness of cultural diversity. As part of the PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Intercultural Center works in tandem with the other centers that comprise the PwC CDI to ensure an inclusive Bryant Community.
Available to all members of the University community, the ICC provides an inviting seating area, a kitchen, and a multimedia conference room. The seating area serves as an informal gathering, to exchange ideas, and facilitate the mutual sharing of perspectives. The kitchen is available for individuals to share a home-cooked meal, warm up a meal, or make a dish together. The conference room is available for small group meetings, and teleconference communication, and can be reserved for video/phone interviews or for individual video calls to home.
The Intercultural Center (ICC) offers social and educational programs related to diverse traditions, self-identity development, community building, social justice, race and ethnicity, and power and privilege. Other programs of the Center include heritage month celebrations, dialogues about culture and current events, awareness/commemoration weeks, annual awards banquets, and social/food gatherings. The staff advises two major student organizations – The International Student Organization (ISO) and the Multicultural Student Union (MSU).
Location: Fisher Student Center, 2nd Floor
Website: Pride Center
The Pride Center is safe space for all members of the Bryant community to enhance their understanding of the LGBTQ+ community and related issues through social and educational programs and trainings. The Pride Center offers opportunities for dialogue and education pertaining to gender and sexuality and affirms and celebrates the intersectional identities of its community members. The Pride Center is home of Bryant Pride, a student organization. As part of the PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Pride Center works in tandem with the other centers that comprise the PwC CDI to ensure an inclusive Bryant Community.
Available to all members of the University community, the Pride Center provides an inviting seating area and a comfortable meeting space. The seating area serves as a space for informal gatherings, to relax, to do homework, to engage in dialogue, and to provide mutual support. The meeting space can be reserved by students, staff, and faculty for small group meetings, programs, support groups, and confidential conversations.
Available to all members of the University community, the Pride Center offers the Safe Zone program to all student, staff, and faculty at Bryant University to explore issues of gender and sexuality and to nurture a more open, affirming, and safe university community for LGBTQ+ identified individuals and their allies.
The Pride Center offers a variety of materials including films and literature as well as referrals to hotlines, programs, and organizations, related to gender and sexuality issues.
Location: Fisher Student Center, 2nd Floor
Website: Women’s Center
The Gertrude Meth Hochberg Women’s Center engages the campus community in meaningful discussions surrounding gender equity, women’s empowerment, gender, and sexuality. The Hochberg Women’s Center is committed to enhancing the quality of life for women at Bryant University by providing a forum for all students to discuss issues facing women; both on campus and around the world. The Women’s Center is the home of the Alliance for Women’s Awareness, a student organization, and violence prevention and advocacy services. As part of the PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Hochberg Women’s Center works in tandem with the other centers that comprise the PwC CDI to ensure an inclusive Bryant community.
Available to all members of the University community, the Hochberg Women’s Center provides an inviting seating area and a comfortable meeting space. The seating area serves as a space for informal gatherings, to relax, to do homework, to engage in dialogue, and to provide mutual support. The meeting space can be reserved by students, staff, and faculty for small group meetings, programs, support groups, and confidential conversations.
The Hochberg Women’s Center provides social and educational programs relating to women’s empowerment, gender equity, healthy sexuality, body positivity, and power-based personal violence. These initiatives offer the campus community the opportunity to enhance their understanding of gender-related issues. The Center is proud to collaborate with staff, faculty, and student organizations to strengthen co-curricular education and foster Bryant’s student-centered learning environment.
The Hochberg Women’s Center also offers Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services. The Advocacy Helpline, which provides guidance, support, and empowerment to survivors of violence, is operated by trained faculty and staff First Responders and is available 24/7 during the academic year. The Women’s Center is also home to the University’s on-campus Advocates, who are prepared to provide private support, guidance, referrals, and both on- and off-campus resources to Bryant community members impacted by violence.
Bryant University admits students of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, color, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally afforded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate unlawfully on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. In addition, Bryant University does not discriminate unlawfully against the disabled and is in full compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Inquiries/complaints with regard to discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, color or national or ethnic origin should be directed to the Vice President for Student Affairs:
1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917-1284
Inquiries/complaints with regard to disabled student issues should be directed to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917-1284, who has been designated by Bryant University to coordinate the institution’s efforts to comply with the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA:
Phone: 401-232-6046; TDD: 401-231-2860; E-mail: email@example.com
Persons may also contact Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Region One, Boston, MA 02109, regarding the University’s compliance with regulations.
The CARE Team is a team of appointed professionals responsible for identifying, assessing, and responding to concerns and/or disruptive behaviors by students who may threaten the well-being or safety of themselves or the campus community. The Team collaboratively and purposefully intervenes to provide support resources to students who are experiencing difficulties. The CARE process also provides members of the campus community who have concerns regarding students’ behavior, with an avenue to report these concerns. Once the CARE referral form is received, the CARE Team will identify assistance and/or referral recommendation options to the student. The CARE team will consult with administrators, faculty, staff and other students affected by the behaviors of the student. The CARE team will also make recommendations to University officials regarding appropriate action consistent with University policy and local, state and federal law.
For more information about the CARE Team and/or to refer a student of concern, visit the CARE site.
Location: John H. Chafee Center
located across the street from the Unistructure and Koffler
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by in person
Website: Counseling Services
College students experience great challenges and adjustments in both their academic and personal lives. Many new and important decisions are made during these years. Change is constant, and stress often accompanies these new experiences.
The Office of Counseling Services provides a private and confidential setting for students to discuss these multifaceted changes, cope with their challenges and make thoughtful decisions. Counseling services are free for Bryant students. Students who are experiencing serious emotional difficulties, or who require specialized or longer-term treatment, can receive referrals to professional services off campus. The staff adhere to state and federal laws regarding confidentiality and privacy; counseling records are not part of the academic record. The Office of Counseling Services also offers wellness programming and support programs: Weekly yoga and mindfulness meditation classes, The Student Support Network, Social Anxiety and ADHD support, and other topic groups as requested.
If you need to speak with staff regarding a mental health or a psychiatric disability, please contact Dr. Noelle Harris, Assistant Dean and Director of Counseling and Religious and Spiritual Life at email@example.com or call 401-232-6045 for a consultation.
Location: Barrington House, Health Services office
Phone: (401) 232-6221
Website: Health and Nutrition
Making the transition to college life requires many adjustments including choosing the best food options for optimal health. The Office of Health and Nutrition provides students with one-on-one consultations related to making good food choices and improving eating habits for better health, more energy, and an overall sense of wellbeing as they navigate the many challenges of college life. Students can schedule private counseling appointments with a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist by calling 401-232-6221 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Barrington House
Phone: 401-232-6220 – PRESS 3 TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
In the event of an emergency or when Health Services is closed,
EMTs are available through the Department of Public Safety at 401-232-6911.
Website: Health Services
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Health Services is a nurse practitioner run clinic that adheres to federal and state law and endorses the guidelines of the American College Health Association, the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Care is provided by full-time Certified Nurse Practitioners, a Health and Nutrition Educator, and a Health Promotion Coordinator. Clinical components of the Health Services program include the treatment of illnesses and injuries, sexual health care, women and men’s health care, laboratory services, immunizations, support services for students with physical disabilities and referrals as appropriate. All health care and medical records are considered confidential and family members are notified only in the event of a life-threatening accident or illness. Health Services does not provide written excuses for missed classes, exams, or work, due to illnesses, nor do they provide documentation of visits to Health Services.
These links will provide you with information about:
Location: Exeter House, 1st Floor
Phone: (401) 232-6140
Website: Residential Life
Terms and Conditions of the Occupancy and Board Contract
The Office of Residential Life is committed to promoting a comfortable living environment where learning is promoted outside of the classroom by engaging students in their residence hall communities. Residential Life strives to foster an environment that develops students academically, socially, and globally by creating opportunities for students to connect with their peers within an inclusive and diverse community.
Leadership Team: Assistant Dean, Senior Associate Director, Associate Director, Assistant Director, and an Office Coordinator. The leadership team is responsible for the management oversight of the department, setting departmental goals, policies and procedures, as well as serve as University officials on call in case of after-hours campus emergencies.
Community Directors: Full time professionals who are responsible for the daily operations in all residential spaces, supervise the student RA staff, adjudicate student discipline cases, provide mediation and support services to resident students, and oversee social and educational programs offered in the residence halls. The Community Directors live on campus to serve as University officials in case of after-hours emergencies on campus.
Resident Assistants (RAs): sophomore, junior, and senior student leaders who live in the halls to serve as a resource for students, organize activities, uphold policies and create an environment conducive to learning. These 64 paraprofessional staff members promote personal growth, social responsibility, and intellectual development through community-based interactions in our residence halls.
Community Directors and Resident Assistants create opportunities for residents to connect through social, educational, and cultural experiences. These opportunities provide a fun way to connect with your residence hall community. Additionally, each residential area has a Community Council which provides leadership, programming, and hall advocacy opportunities to residents in each community. Community Council is a fun way to get involved in your community.
Bryant University provides progressive housing options that are designed to foster a gradual increase of independent lifestyle and individual responsibility. Our residential campus is comprised of three main areas of campus: residential houses, the suite village and the townhouses. All housing options provide amenities including card access at each entrance, Wi-Fi internet access, and standard furniture.
First-Year Residential Houses
First-year students are placed together to assist with the transition to college life and live in Bristol House, Warren House, and Barrington House. First-year communities allow students to meet people with similar interests and form lasting friendships. First-Year residential houses provide amenities including card access at each entrance, air conditioning, and wireless internet access. All rooms are equipped with a twin XL bed, desk & desk chair, bureau, closet/wardrobe for each student.
Warren House and Bristol House
These two residence halls are reserved entirely for first year students. They are four story, co-educational halls with north and south wings. Housing 600 students, wings are gender specific with a community bathroom. Each hall offers a lobby/lounge area fully equipped with recreational games, vending machines, TV, kitchenette, laundry room, and residence hall staff office.
Traditional Style Double – this is a shared bedroom with one other student. Shared bathroom facilities are located in each hallway.
Traditional Style Triple – this is a shared bedroom with two other students. Shared bathroom facilities are located in each hallway.
Traditional Style Quad – this is a shared bedroom with three other students; all students have ample space as this room is very spacious. Shared bathroom facilities are in each hallway.
Warren House and Bristol House are also home to living learning communities including the Honors LLC (Warren House) and Women’s Leadership Living Learning Community WLLLC (Bristol House). Living learning communities are residential environments connecting experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. The Honors LLC provides educational and professional development opportunities including scholarship presentations, visits to businesses, non-profits, museums, and government organizations in the region. This community enables students to connect with Honors faculty, peer mentors, staff, and alumni. The WLLLC is a uniquely designed multi-year program providing women-identifying students with critical skills and approaches supporting their success as leaders in and beyond the campus community. Students are guided by committed faculty and staff from Residential Life, the Hochberg Women’s Center, Academic Advising, and College of Arts and Sciences. Through workshops and events, students gain awareness of the importance of civic engagement and social justice, intersectionality, and inclusive practices that help them develop as ethical leaders.
Barrington House is a four story, co-educational hall for 276 first-year and upper-class students. Suite style living offers four double bedrooms, one single bedroom, living room area and a private bathroom. Some suites also contain one large triple room. Barrington House is organized by gender with each suite assigned to a specific gender. A main lounge/lobby is complete with recreational games, vending machines, TV, kitchenette, laundry room, and residence hall staff office. The Office of Health Services is also housed in Barrington House.
Suite Style Double – this is a shared bedroom with one other student that opens into a suite. Shared bathroom facilities are located in each suite.
Suite Style Triple Room* – this is a shared bedroom with two other students that opens into a suite. Shared bathroom facilities are located in each suite.
Suite Style Single Room** – this is a private bedroom that opens into a suite. Shared bathroom facilities are located in each suite.
Suite Village Housing
The Suite Village is a collection of 13 identical residence halls and Newport House, surrounding a central lawn and volleyball court. The Suite Village offers two or three double bedrooms, a living room, and a private bath for sophomore, junior, and senior students. The Suite Village includes Charlestown House, Richmond House, Kilcup House, Westerly House, Hopkinton House, Exeter House, Coventry House, Scituate House, Tiverton House, Providence House, Jamestown House, Cumberland House, and Lincoln House.
Newport House is a five story, co-educational hall consisting of 6 & 7-person suites. The building accommodates 200 students in suites with 3 double rooms or 2 double rooms and a triple room, a communal living room, as well as a common bathroom. This style of bathroom is divided into 2 separate shower rooms, and one bathroom with a sink and toilet. The building’s main floor is fully equipped with vending machines, television, a seating area, and Community Director’s office.
Students who have an SCN of 5 or above are eligible to apply for townhouse housing during the housing selection process. Townhouse housing is primarily available to senior students. Each townhouse has a full kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher and two full bathrooms, one on each floor.
Students can choose to live in either a double or single room within their townhouse. The 5-person townhouses (A-G blocks) consist of 3 single rooms and 1 double room, with shared laundry facility in the Townhouse Community Center (*E Block houses have in-unit laundry). The 7-person townhouses (H-P Blocks) consist of 3 double rooms and 1 single room, with in-unit laundry machines. Parking is available either directly in front of the townhouse unit or in a large lot in the rear of N block.
The Housing Selection process determines housing assignments for the following year and is conducted in the spring semester each year. Students residing in on-campus housing, a University recognized study abroad program, or currently as a commuter student are eligible to participate. Any current undergraduate student who is eligible for housing but fails to pay the housing deposit and/or does not complete the application and housing selection process by May 1st will be housed only on a space-available basis. Students should contact the Office of Residential Life for additional information. Housing for graduate students is not available.
Medical Accommodation Housing Requests
Any resident who is requesting medical accommodations must complete and a medical accommodation form through MyHousing. Please keep in mind that your health care provider must complete the “Medical/Health Care Provider Information” section of the form.
Medical Accommodation Housing Requests must be completed and submitted to the Office of Residential Life by the following deadlines: Fall Semester by March 8th for returning students and July 1st for first-year and incoming transfer students, November 1st for the Spring semester, and May 1st for the Summer session.
*No medical accommodation requests will be reviewed after the applicable deadline*
Students will be notified as to the status of their application. Students who have received a medical accommodation in the past will not automatically be granted the accommodation again and must reapply. Accommodations are only granted on a semester/yearly basis.
Additionally, any approved accommodations are for an individual student only. The approved accommodations do not apply to friends or housing groups. Student may elect to stay with a housing group and decline an accommodation or accept an accommodation and be placed in a setting that best meets their need.
For students requesting an accommodation for a single room, Residential Life reserves the right to assign students to a specific room assignment.
Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals
A Service Animal is a specially trained and documented animal that has been specifically trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. Service Animals are not pets but rather working animals which provide a service that specifically serves and relates to the limitations and needs of the person with the disability. Providing emotional support and/or comfort does not qualify an animal as a Service Animal.
Emotional Support Animals are not Service Animals under ADA as they do not perform a specific work task. In some circumstances, Emotional Support Animals may be allowed in the residence halls, however, will not be permitted inside any other University buildings.
Students with disabilities who require the use of a Service Animal or an Emotional Support Animal must follow the medical accommodations guidelines as outlined above to request the presence of the animal in University housing. The Medical Accommodations Review Committee will consider the accommodation request and determine whether the request may be granted. Each request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The needs of the individual, the animal, and the impact on the greater residential community will all be considered when making a decision. A request must be made for the animal each academic year. An additional housing agreement will be required to outline responsibilities for the student who is granted permission to have the animal.
Students who are transferring, withdrawing, or graduating early should submit an On-Campus Housing Withdrawal Form. The vacated space must be left clean and ready for occupancy.
All students living in Bryant University residence halls are subject to the terms and conditions of the University’s policies governing student conduct and are responsible for knowing and observing University regulations and procedures. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action and/or removal from university housing.
Terms and Conditions of the Occupancy and Board Contract
The safety of each student is of paramount concern to the University, and we have formulated specific rules and regulations pertaining to fire, health and safety. Please be advised that tampering with any fire alarm or fire protection system will result in your being held financially responsible for any damages. Along with financial responsibility, should the circumstances warrant, you could be placed under arrest for tampering with life safety systems.
Residential Life staff and/or the Fire & Safety Coordinator will document individuals and/or areas that are in violation of standards regarding fire, health and safety policies and laws. Students will be held accountable for their actions as well as the condition of their room and suite.
Should a Fire, Health and Safety citation be issued, the following sanctions may be applied:
First Offense—up to a $250.00 Fire, Health and Safety citation per violation at the designation of the Community Director. Covered smoke detectors will result in an automatic $250.00 fine for the 1st offence. (Candles will be confiscated and destroyed with no compensation to the owner.)
Second Offense—up to a $500.00 Fire, Health and Safety Citation per violation. Repetitive violations will be considered in determining whether the offending student is permitted to reside in University housing.
Third Offense and beyond— Fire, Health and Safety Citations and sanctions per violation will be determined at the discretion of the hearing officer.
The following items are not to be tampered with or obstructed under any circumstances: heat sensors, smoke detectors, fire alarm pull stations, sprinkler heads, sprinkler piping, fire horns, fire extinguishers, and fire extinguisher cases. Should you have a problem or suspect that there is a problem with any of the above devices, please call Department of Public Safety or notify your Resident Assistant immediately. The misuse or the replacement of a missing or misused fire extinguisher will result in a monetary fine with possible disciplinary consequences. Should no one be found to be solely responsible, a fine will be applied to all residents of the unit, suite, floor, hall, or townhouse. Any flame source inside residence halls or townhouses is banned, including but not limited to candles, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, “vapes,” or other smoking material, incense, propane or charcoal grills. Candles are prohibited from ownership or use inside the residence halls and townhouses.
Fires: There is up to a $1000 fine for persons who start a fire which threatens the safety and security of anyone on campus or causes damage to University property or who maliciously activates a fire alarm system (e.g., pulling an alarm station) or portable fire extinguisher which results in the activation of the fire alarm system.
Grills: Outdoor cooking is permitted only in the barbecue pits provided by the University and in the rear of the townhouse units using a self-contained portable grill. These grills must be a minimum of 10 feet away from the townhouse and attended to when in use. No grills or propane tanks may be stored inside University halls. One grill is permitted per Townhouse unit.
The Rhode Island fire law: Interference with Fire Alarm Apparatus clause states that: “Every person who unlawfully and without just cause willfully or knowingly, tampers with, interferes with or in any way impairs any public fire alarm apparatus, wire or associated equipment, shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $800 or more than $5,000 or shall be imprisoned for not less than l nor more than 5 years, or both.” Individuals will be held responsible for any of this equipment that may be located in their living areas.
Smoking: Smoking, including hookah, vapes, and e-cigarettes is prohibited within 50 feet of all University facilities.
The following guidelines and what to leave at home are in place to ensure a safe and healthy environment in the residence halls.
Kitchen Appliances: The following appliances are allowed in all residence halls:
Single-use Keurig machines because all heating equipment is inside the machine, and it shuts off when done. We do not allow the “multi-cup” coffee makers.
Microwave Ovens / Refrigerators
“Micro-fridge” (tandem microwave/mini fridge) units are allowed in all residence halls. Standard microwaves are allowed in townhouse units.
Electrical Outlets: No 2-prong extension cords, outlet splitters, or three way “octopus plugs” are allowed in the residence halls or townhouses. Only 3 prong U.L. approved extension cords which contain a circuit break are permitted. No more than two items may be plugged into the same electrical outlet.
Heating Vents: The heating vents in rooms and suites are to remain unobstructed. Blocking heating vents causes an imbalance in the HVAC system and may result in a triggered fire alarm; a fine and/or disciplinary action will occur. If you have problems with your heat, submit a work request through the online maintenance system.
Fire Drills/Alarms: As required by law, there will be periodic unannounced fire drills throughout the year. Vacate the building through the nearest exit upon hearing the alarm and maintain a minimum distance of 50 feet from the building. Law requires evacuation in the event of an alarm; disciplinary action and/or fines may result from non-compliance. Per § 23-28.12-36 Fire alarm systems – Fire drills – Penalties:
(b)(1) In colleges, universities, postsecondary institutions, and residence facilities in public schools or private schools there shall be at least four (4) drills or rapid dismissals during the academic year for each school building or residence facility, at least two (2) of which shall be held between the months of September through December. The remaining two (2) drills shall be held between the months of January through June. Any college, university, or postsecondary institution that holds a summer session shall hold a drill or rapid dismissal during the first (1st) full week of the summer session.
(2) At least one drill or rapid dismissal shall be obstructed so that at least one or more exits or stairways in the school building or dormitory are blocked off or not used.
(c) For purposes of this section, “residence facility” means a dormitory, fraternity, sorority, or any other type of residence hall, whether on campus or off campus, owned or leased by a college, university, postsecondary institution, public school, or private school with accommodations for twenty (20) or more students.
False Fire Alarms: Each residence hall will be responsible for the secure and appropriate use of its fire alarm system. Alarms may be charged to the residents of each building or townhouse block, or to the individual responsible when properly identified and as determined by Smithfield Fire and/or University Officials. Students are expected to help prevent false alarms and should report any tampering of fire safety equipment to their Resident Assistant, their Community Director, or directly to the Department of Public Safety.
Holiday Decoration: All decoration policies will be supplied at the designation and approval of the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students or designee. Live trees and plants greater than 3 feet are prohibited.
Wall and Ceiling Decorations: No more than 1/3 of a wall in a room or suite shall be covered. Absolutely nothing is allowed to cover or hang from the ceilings, obstruct passageways, cover windows, or fire safety equipment. No tapestries, flags, etc. can be hung stretching from ceiling to floor. Empty alcohol containers may not be used as wall decorations. Social Greek Organizations residing in designated Greek housing may display a banner no larger than 3 feet x 3 feet in their suite window. Alcohol advertisements or paraphernalia may not be displayed in windows. The Office of Residential Life reserves the right to have students remove items from display in the windows and hanging banners, flags, etc. outside of windows is prohibited.
Room/Suite/Townhouse Capacity: In Charleston House, Richmond House, Kilcup House, Westerly House, Hopkinton House, Exeter House, Coventry House, Scituate House, Tiverton House, Providence House, Jamestown House, Cumberland House, Lincoln House, Newport House, Warren House, Bristol House, and Barrington House the individual room capacity is eight (8) people. In the suite areas of Charleston House, Richmond House, Kilcup House, Westerly House, Hopkinton House, Exeter House, Coventry House, Scituate House, Tiverton House, Providence House, Jamestown House, Cumberland House, Lincoln House, Newport House, and Barrington House, the suite capacity is fifteen (15). Double rooms in Bristol House and Warren House have a capacity of eight (8) people. Natural triple rooms have a capacity of eight (8) people, and natural quad rooms have a capacity of ten (10) people. The townhouse unit capacity is twenty (20) people.
Trash & Recycling: Each living area has a responsibility to dispose of trash & recyclables properly in designated locations. Residents are not permitted to leave their trash outside their hallway doors. There are specific instructions for each residential area. It is the responsibility of each resident to familiarize themselves with the set of instructions which applies to their living area. Citations/fines may be issued to individual(s) or floors in violation of University policies regarding proper trash/recycling disposal.
Beds: All beds on campus must be on the floor without any modifications.
Bunking of Beds: Campus Management staff are the only authorized persons who are able to bunk beds. Students who wish to have their beds bunked should contact the Office of Residential Life to have their request submitted.
Room Exits: The ability to enter and exit a room or suite must be through a clear and unobstructed path at all times.
Bryant Student ID: Students are required to carry their student ID with them at all times.
Locking of the main doors: Residence Hall and Townhouse doors are locked at all times. Propping doors to a residence hall or Townhouse may result in disciplinary action. Residents are expected to lock their doors and are responsible for the cost of any damage or theft due to negligence of tampering with locking mechanisms.
Thefts and Damages: The University provides locks on rooms, suites, townhouses and front doors of the residence halls. Most thefts and damages to property occur because of unlocked doors. In the event that you experience a loss or theft, immediately notify your Resident Assistant and report the matter to the Department of Public Safety.
Screens and Windows: Screens in all areas are not to be removed under any circumstances. If your screen is vandalized, stolen, or falls out, notify your Resident Assistant immediately. Tampering with or removing screens could result in disciplinary action. Windows may not be used as a form of entrance or exit.
Institutional signs are installed by the University to provide safety, directions, parking and general order for the campus. It is considered theft to take any institutional sign from its appointed place. Institutional signs found in living spaces become the responsibility of the occupants. Persons found in possession of damaged institutional signs also assume responsibility for the current replacement cost(s) of the sign(s)
Administrative searches of University rooms or vehicles may be granted by the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students or designee when evidence can be given, based on direct knowledge or reasonable belief, that there is a violation of University regulations. Such searches may result in disciplinary action or criminal prosecution against the offender. Room and vehicle searches may also be conducted by law enforcement agencies and University officials under the following circumstances: incidental to a lawful arrest; with a signed warrant presented by a law enforcement agency or court official; during exigent circumstances; or with the consent of the/a person having legal control of the room or vehicles to be searched.
With suspicion of a policy violation, staff of Residential Life may ask a student upon entering a residence hall, to open a carried item for inspection (ex. backpacks, storage bins, laundry bags, etc.).
If a student is locked out of their room, they should contact the Department of Public Safety who will dispatch an officer or Residential Life staff member as needed. The student will need to show their ID card for the room to be unlocked and will be expected to produce their key upon entering the room. The Department of Public Safety will assess a charge of $10 for a second through fifth occurrence and charge of $25 for every occurrence thereafter. This applies throughout all academic sessions and residential periods. Repeated lockouts may result in disciplinary action.
University Property Insurance
The University’s insurance program provides the University with insurance to cover damage to our building structures. It does not provide coverage for contents or personal property.
Personal Property Insurance
Students, resident directors and resident assistants may purchase inexpensive personal property insurance for personal belongings while on campus directly through National Student Services Inc. The University recommends a personal property policy be purchased with a $100 deductible for a $5,000 limit with an additional $100,000 liability coverage for as low as $15 a month. We highly recommend this insurance as the University does not insure student personal property.
Location: Fisher Student Center, 3rd Floor
Websites: CSLI Information
The Center for Student Leadership and Involvement (CSLI) maintains and supports a diverse array of co-curricular programming, student organizations, community service initiatives, and leadership development opportunities. These essential campus resources, along with the advisement and support from CSLI staff, promote inclusive opportunities that foster personal and professional development, innovation, and global thinking. CSLI works to create a comprehensive college experience that emphasizes the importance of linking on-campus collaborative learning environments and social development with off-campus real-world connections, community engagement, and active citizenship. CSLI strives to develop and empower students as they meet Bryant’s mission to “discover their passion and become innovative leaders with character around the world.”
The CSLI team uses patient and thoughtful advisement, industry best practices, and organizational development to successfully manage and support the above-mentioned services and opportunities. Located on the 3rd floor of the Fisher Student Center, the CSLI team works to create an adaptive framework of transparent policies and procedures that allow students to explore and develop in a way that is sustainable and efficient while also remaining tailored to their individual needs or interests. Students who work with CSLI will be challenged in a way that balances their passion with critical thinking and a grounded set of systems that will help them move from concept into reality. Through the promotion of collaborative learning, inclusive practices, leadership development, and community engagement CSLI’s goal is facilitate opportunities for students to develop their many identities as individuals, team members, leaders, innovators, and professionals.
CSLI drives their work through 5 main pillars:
As a department that works closely with a large population of students, CSLI also serves as an adviser and guide for new and emerging ideas. Students can come to the CSLI to explore new ideas and initiatives that they are interested in pursuing at Bryant. A student who is interested in expanding their co-curricular portfolio or simply get more involved can work with both professional and student staff in CSLI to receive wrap around services that help them navigate the landscape of involvement on the Bryant Campus. Staff can help unpack their interests and connect them with recommended areas of involvement and long-term leadership goals.
CSLI also works closely with various stakeholders across the campus to manage and develop policies and procedures that allow student initiatives and opportunities to function and thrive. The full listing of policies and procedures that CSLI manages and expects Student Organizations to follow can be found in the CSLI Manual for Recognized Student Organizations, which is provided to all organization Presidents.
Location: Fisher Student Center, 2nd Floor – Suite 213
Website: Student Events and Orientation Programs
The Office of Student Events and Orientation Programs (SEOP) works with students to facilitate their transition to campus by providing programs and services to support the co-curricular needs of students and to enhance the life of Bryant community members. Some signature programs include: New Student Orientation, Welcome Week, September (Transfer) Orientation, Bulldog Beginnings, Family and Friends Weekend, January (Transfer) Orientation, Finals Programming, Senior Week, and the CliftonStrengths for Students Initiative. SEOP staff work collaboratively with many various campus departments to help students strengthen their connection to the Bryant community by welcoming and acclimating students and by providing resources, support and information to enrich their college experience.
President, Ross Gittell, AB, MBA, Ph.D.
Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer, Donna Ng, BS, MBA
Vice President for Enrollment Management, Michelle Cloutier, BA, MBA ‘05
Vice President for Information Services/CIO, Chuck LoCurto, BS, MBA
Provost, Rupendra Paliwal, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Inge-Lise Ameer, BA, Ed., Ed.D.
Vice President for University Advancement, David Wegrzyn, BS, M.Ed.
President, Ross Gittell, AB, MBA, Ph.D.
The President is the chief executive officer of the University.
This Division is comprised of the following offices:
Athletics: Bill Smith, Director 401-232-6070/6071
Human Resources: Tim Paige, Vice President 401-232-6010
Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategy: Edinaldo Tebaldi, Executive Director 401-232-6901 and Bob Jones, Director, Office of Planning and Institutional Research 401-232-6027
Office of Marketing and Communications: Lorraine Daignault, Chief Officer 401-232-6120
Director of Athletics and Recreation, Bill Smith, J.D
Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer, Donna Ng, BS, MBA
Vice President for Enrollment Management, Michelle Cloutier, BA, MBA ‘05
Vice President for Human Resources, Tim Paige, BA
Vice President for Information Services/CIO, Chuck LoCurto, BS, MBA
Vice President for International Affairs and Charles J. Smiley Chair Professor of Science and Technology, Hong Yang, BA, MS, Ph.D.
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Lorraine Daignault, BA
Provost, Rupendra Paliwal, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Inge-Lise Ameer, BA, Ed., Ed.D.
Vice President for University Advancement, David Wegrzyn, BS, M.Ed.
Rupendra Paliwal, Ph.D.
Provost and Chief Academic Officer 401-232-6060
Dr. Wendy Samter, Associate Provost 401-232-6060
Dr. Veronica McComb, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences 401-232-6711
Dr. Madan Annavarjula, Dean of the College of Business 401-232-6308
Ashley Hughes, PA-C, Director, Physician Assistant Program 401-232-6556
Dr. Diya Das, Associate Dean, College of Business 401-232-6939
Dr. Terri Hasseler, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 401-232-6926
, Assistant Dean for Student Success 401-232-6744
The Office of the Provost also supervises the following units:
Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) – Stephanie Carter, Director 401-232-6746
College of Arts and Sciences – Laura Williams, Administrative Assistant 401-232-6711
College of Business – Christina Nault, Administrative Assistant 401-232-6308
Center for Teaching Excellence – Ilisabeth Bornstein, Interim Director 401-232-6352
Graduate Programs Office – Jamie Grenon, Director 401-232-6707
School of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Kirsten Hokeness, Director 401-232-6556
John H. Chafee Center for International Business, World Trade Center Rhode Island – Andrew Gelfuso, Director 401-232-6407
Douglas and Judith Krupp Library 401-232-6125
Office of the Registrar – Laura Hayward, Interim Registrar 401-232-6080
Study Abroad – Cindi Lewis, Executive Director 401-232-6209
Undergraduate Advising – Assistant Dean for Student Success 401-232-6210
Donna Ng, BS, MBA
Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer401-232-6017
Business Affairs is comprised of the following offices:
Auxiliary Services 401-232-6035
Bursar’s Office 401-232-6030/6031
Campus Management 401-232-6052/6057
Conferences and Special Events 401-232-6921
Controller’s Office 401-232-6005
Facilities Management 401-232-6052/6057
Post Office 401-232-6244
Michelle L. Cloutier, BA, MBA ‘05
Vice President for Enrollment Management 401-232-6100
Enrollment Management is comprised of the following offices:
Financial Aid 401-232-6020
Chuck LoCurto, BS, MBA
Vice President for Information Services 401-232-6888
Information Services is comprised of the following offices:
Help Desk 401-232-6111
Laptop Central 401-232-6550
Hong Yang, BA, MS, Ph.D.
Vice President for International Affairs and
Charles J. Smiley Chair Professor of Science and Technology 401-232-6223
John Forrest, BA, MS
Assistant Director, Business Programs, ARO, 401-232-6884
Kaoru Paganelli, BA
Assistant Director, Office of International Students and Scholars, PDSO/ARO 401-232-6955
Kun Xie, BA, MBA
Assistant Director, Global Cultural Programs, 401-232-6883
International Affairs is comprised of the following offices:
Bryant Zhuhai Campus – Dr. Hong Yang, Vice President for International Affairs
Global Cultural Programs – Kun Xie, Assistant Director
Office of International Students and Scholars – Kaoru Paganelli, Assistant Director
U.S.-China Institute – John Forrest, Assistant Director
Inge-Lise Ameer, BA, Ed., Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students 401-232-6046
John Denio, BS, MS
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs 401-232-6046
Mailee Kue, Ph. D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator 401-232-6478
Student Affairs is comprised of the following offices:
Amica Center for Career Education – Dr. Kevin Gaw, Executive Director 401-232-6090
Counseling Services – Dr. Noelle Harris, Assistant Dean/Director of Counseling/Religious & Spiritual Life x6045
Dining Services 401-232-6866
Fisher Student Center Operations – Matt Santagata, Assistant Director 401-232-6166
Health Nutrition – Cheryl Brock, Educator 401-232-6221
Health Promotion – Amy Webster, Coordinator 401-232-6982
Health Services – Christine J. Dodd and Cassandra Gaffney, Co-Directors 401-232-6220
Planning and Assessment – Jennifer Edwards, Director/Special Assistant to the VP 401-232-6278
Public Safety – Stephen Bannon, Executive Director 401-232-6001
Religious & Spiritual Life – Dr. Noelle Harris, Assistant Dean/Dir. of Counseling/Religious & Spiritual Life 401-232-6712
Residential Life – Dr. Jana Valentine, Assistant Dean of Residential Life and Community Standards 401-232-6140
Student Events and Orientation Programs – Jessica Raffaele, Assistant Dean, Student Leadership and Experience 401-232-6367
Center for Student Leadership and Involvement – Jessica Raffaele, Assistant Dean, Student Leadership and Experience 401-232-6367
David Wegrzyn ’86
Vice President for University Advancement 401-232-6561
Through the departments of Alumni and Parent Engagement, Development, and Advancement Services, the Division of University Advancement works to advance the University’s mission by engaging alumni, parents/guardians, and friends in the life of the University; securing philanthropic support; and by representing the University to various constituencies and the general public.