Public Safety

Department of Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is a service-oriented branch of the institution’s Student Affairs division. The department has 22 full-time officers and an auxiliary force of reserve officers who are charged with assisting the campus community with various offered services including the enforcement of federal, state and local laws, and campus regulations.

DPS is also responsible for monitoring security activities 24 hours a day on University property.  Department officers patrol the campus on foot, bicycle, motor vehicles, and on fixed posts such as the Entry Control Station at the main entrance to the campus.  Electronic patrols can also be conducted by use of surveillance cameras in the dispatch office.  All reports of crimes, minor or major, are reported to DPS.  DPS is also the campus liaison to the Smithfield Police and Fire Departments and works in close relation to both.  DPS is also responsible for parking enforcement, emergency medical services on campus, fire safety, and a variety of ancillary services including the production of identification cards and personal security escorts.

Department of Public Safety members also act as first responders to all campus emergencies. A major component of this service includes the emergency medical technicians (EMT), who respond to all medical emergencies on campus and are licensed by the State of Rhode Island.

Department of Public Safety officers are not sworn officers and do not possess arrest powers.  However, within the jurisdictional boundaries of the campus they have the inherent right and authority to detain persons for wrongdoing.  They may restrain persons who create a disorder, or refuse admittance to the campus, or ask persons to leave who become disorderly or violate Rhode Island laws, campus rules, or regulations or demonstrate improper behavior.  The University has a close working relationship with the local and state police departments and each cooperates in attempting to maintain a secure campus.  Bryant University encourages its community to quickly report the incidence of crime and DPS promptly relays accurate information to the local police agency.

The Department of Public Safety is a member of and active participant in the Rhode Island College and University Public Safety Directors Association, the Northeast College and University Security Association, and the International Association of University Law Enforcement Administrators.  These groups provide assistance and insight into changing security trends and offer information about all areas of security operations on campuses.  Bryant University annually coordinates the Rhode Island Public Safety Training Academy, which is open to all campus public safety officers in the state.

 

Bomb Threats

Bomb Threat

A bomb threat may come to the attention of the receiver in various ways. It is important to compile as much information as possible. Please DO NOT attempt to notify or evacuate an entire building as this could consume valuable time that would be better used to gather important information. Please keep in mind that the vast majority of bomb threats are false and are primarily intended to elicit a response from the building occupants. In the case of a written threat, it is vital that the document be handled by as few people as possible as this is evidence that should be turned over to the Department of Public Safety. If the threat should come via e-mail, make sure to save the information on your computer. Most bomb threats are transmitted over the telephone; thus, the following instructions will be provided with that assumption.

Immediate Action

  • Remain calm and immediately refer to the attached bomb threat checklist. If applicable, pay attention to your telephone display and record the information shown in the display window.
  • The objective is to keep the caller on the line as long as possible to attempt to gather as much information as possible. Try not to anger the caller at any time.
  • While engaging the caller, pay attention to any background noise and distinctive sounds (machinery, traffic, other voices, music, television, etc.).
  • Note any characteristics of the caller’s voice (gender, age, education, accent, etc.).
  • Attempt to obtain information on the location of a device (building, floor, room, etc.).
  • Attempt to obtain information on the time of detonation and type of detonator.
  • Notify the Department of Public Safety at ext. 6911 immediately after the caller has ended the call. If possible, call DPS using a different phone while keeping the caller on the line.
  • If the threat was left on your voice mail, do not erase.
  • Notify the immediate supervisor within your work area.
  • If an evacuation occurs, all persons outside of the building should keep away from windows and other glass areas. If the Unistructure is affected, persons should seek shelter in another building or in an area to which they are directed.

Decision

The decision to evacuate a University facility should be made after a thorough evaluation of the information available, including but not limited to:

  • The nature of the threat
  • The specificity of location and time of detonation
  • Circumstances related to the threat (i.e. political climate, series of events leading to the threat, etc.)
  • Discovery of a device or unusual package, luggage, etc.

The Director of Public Safety may make a decision to evacuate a building without consultation. The Department of Public Safety will notify the Smithfield Police and Fire Departments who will organize a search team and direct the search. Other emergency units will be alerted to the threat and asked to stand by for further instructions. Persons leaving the building should report to a specified location for further instructions.

SUBSEQUENT PROCEDURES/INFORMATION

Staff can be of assistance to the Department of Public Safety in several ways. Staff will be more familiar with their work area than the DPS officers. As the search is conducted, staff may be asked to identify boxes or objects in their work area. The importance of good housekeeping will be very apparent at this time. Throughout the year, it is important to keep areas free of unnecessary debris. If an evacuation is necessary, classes will be dismissed. If a device, package, bag, etc. is discovered, the Department of Public Safety will notify the Smithfield Police who will notify the Rhode Island State Police Bomb Squad for assistance. The decision to resume normal activities in the building will be made jointly by the Director of Public Safety or a designee in consultation with the President and/or appropriate individuals in the University administration after police and fire personnel have deemed the affected area clear. The Department of Public Safety and police will interview the person who received the threat.

Telephone Bomb Threat Checklist

KEEP CALM: Do not get excited or excite others.

TIME: Call received _________am/pm Terminated _________am/pm

EXACT WORDS OF CALLER:

_________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________

DELAY: ASK CALLER TO REPEAT.

Questions you should ask:

A. Time bomb is set to explode?__________________________________________________

B. Where located? Floor________ Area______________________________________________________

C. Kind of bomb? __________________________________________________________

D. Description? __________________________________________________________

E. Reason for the bomb? __________________________________________________________

Voice description:

____ Male ___ Female ___ Young ___ Old ___ Middle Aged

____ Educated ___ Nervous ___ Calm ___ Accent

Other Descriptors:

Accent ___Yes ___No

Describe__________________________________________________

Speech Impediment ___Yes ___No

Describe__________________________________

Unusual Phrases

__________________________________________________________

Recognize Voice? If so, who do you think it was?

_______________________________
BACKGROUND NOISE

___Music ___Running Motor (Type)____________________________________________________

___Traffic ___Whistles ___Bells

___Horns ___ Aircraft ___Tape Recorder

___Machinery

___Other____________________________________________________

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

A. Did caller indicate knowledge of the facility? If so, how? In what way?

____________________________________________________________

B. What line did the call come in on? ____________________________________________________________

C. Is number listed? ___Yes ___No

Private Number? Whose? ____________________________________________________________

Signature_________________________________ Date_____________________

Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention Tips

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is committed to providing services that create and foster a safe environment. It attempts to create an atmosphere that is as safe as reasonably possible. That commitment is imbedded in the idea that all community members are active participants in the crime prevention effort. Each person shares responsibility for a safe campus.

Although Bryant University is recognized as a safe campus, suggestions that support and enhance personal safety and security for property are available to all community members.

Personal Safety on Campus

  • Look alert, assertive, self-confident, and in control. Those who look lost, confused, passive, or in a fog are more vulnerable.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings.
  • Stick to well lighted and well traveled areas.
  • Walk or jog with a companion at night.
  • Have your key in your hand as you approach your car or building.
  • Request an escort from DPS.
  • If approached by a would-be attacker, don’t panic. If you panic you won’t be able to outthink or outmaneuver the attacker.
  • If you are threatened, the first order of business is to get away. Drop anything that might slow you down.
  • Don’t accept a drink from anyone you don’t know and trust.
  • Don’t get in an elevator with someone who looks out of place or behaves in a strange or threatening way.
  • Be extra careful when using bathrooms that are isolated.
  • Report all harassing phone calls, e-mails, etc. to DPS.
  • Report all suspicious persons or activity to the DPS at 232- 6001.

Property Security on Campus

  • Lock personal, resident-hall rooms whenever you go out. It only takes a moment for a thief to steal.
  • Never leave your wallet, handbag, briefcase, laptop, or other valuables in unattended common areas or out in the open.
  • Lock personal valuables and cash in your desk and keep them out of sight.
  • Never carry large amounts of money. If you must, do not advertise that you are doing so.
  • Don’t attach your identification card to your key ring. This could help a thief find your car or room easily.
  • Engrave an identifying number in your personal property.
  • Report a lost University key immediately to the Department of Public Safety.
  • Do not hide an extra set of keys for your car on any part of the vehicle.
  • Always carry your purse tightly clutched in your hand or under your arm.
  • Use a lockdown device for your laptop.
  • Do not leave windows open in your residence hall.
  • Do not prop open doors.
  • Report all suspicious persons or activity to the Department of Public Safety.

For more information related to crime prevention issues, please contact the Department of Public Safety at 232-6001.

Crime Reporting

Crime Reporting

Bryant University is a safe campus. However, bad things can and do occur anywhere and anytime. For that reason, it is important for the Bryant Community to familiarize itself with the crime reporting procedure on campus.

Knowledge and execution of this procedure can sometimes result in the prevention of a crime, apprehension of a suspect, and the return of valuables to the rightful owner.

Because the Department of Public Safety (DPS) cannot be everywhere at the same time, it is every community members’ shared responsibility to report crimes on campus. By doing so, Bryant University can continue to be as crime free as reasonably possible.

You can reach the Department of Public Safety at any time at 232-6001. The Emergency Line number is 232-6911.

WHAT TO DO

Persons who fall victim to a crime should immediately notify DPS at 232-6001. If the crime scene jeopardizes the safety of any person, those persons should do all they can to move from the crime scene to a secure location as quickly as possible.

Steps that can help an investigation include:

  • Remain calm.
  • Report the crime immediately. Time is of the essence.
  • Do not handle, touch, or remove evidence.
  • Get a good description of the culprit: height, weight, color of hair and eyes, clothes, direction of travel, etc.
  • Vehicle information: make, model, and color of car, and license plate number.
  • Number of persons involved.
  • Date and time of the crime.
  • Method of the crime. How did it happen?

Once you have informed DPS, an officer(s) will respond to your location to interview you and investigate further. Try to remember and tell the officer as many details as possible.

Some crimes will require the presence and collaborated efforts of the Smithfield Police Department. However, any person who is a victim of a crime on campus may request that the Smithfield Police Department also file a report in addition to the DPS report.

WHO TO TELL

Any person who is a victim of a crime on campus, witnesses a crime, or is made aware of any crime should call DPS at 232-6001. To report a crime in progress you may use the Emergency Line at 232-6911. The Department of Public Safety is staffed continually and you will speak with the dispatcher. Make sure to tell the dispatcher if the crime just occurred.

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services

DPS has licensed Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) on each shift. An EMT is on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to handle the University’s emergency medical needs. The EMT service works in cooperation with the Health Services Department as well as the Smithfield Fire Department. An EMT can be requested by calling the DPS Emergency Line at 232-6911 or 232-6001.

Evacuation

Evacuation Procedure

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is committed to ensuring the rapid and safe evacuation of all campus buildings in the event of an emergency. All staff, faculty, and students should quickly exit the building when an evacuation announcement or fire alarm is activated. Office doors should be closed and locked. Proceed to the nearest exit and move safely away from the building and await instructions. Evacuation announcements may be in the form of a fire alarm, public address system, hand-held bullhorn, telephone announcement, or by a Public Safety Officer.

Students living in residence halls should take a moment to familiarize themselves with their evacuation meeting spot. Each residence hall has a specific location that all residents of that hall should report to during an emergency. This location is signified by a red dot on the walkway pavement. Inside the red dot is the corresponding number of the residence hall. When the fire alarm is activated, all residents should report to this spot and await instructions from Public Safety or from a member of the Residence Life staff.

Designated Evacuation Sites

  1. When an evacuation situation is in effect, all building occupants will immediately evacuate the building using the nearest fire exit and move safely away from the building.
  2. DPS will notify the evacuated persons of the designated evacuation sites. This may be accomplished in various ways that may include the following:
    • Use of the public address system
    • Use of hand-held bullhorns
    • Personal contact
    • Bryant Evacuation Safety Team members
  3. If there is a genuine, either the Smithfield Fire or Police Departments will respond. Some alarms may require both agencies to respond. Depending on the cause of the alarm, either agency may control the scene for the duration of the alarm until it is deemed under control and safe. Persons will not be allowed to reenter the building until that determination has been made.
  4. Evacuation points for non-residential buildings.
    1. Unistructure
      1. Primary – Gymnasium/MAC
      2. Secondary – Bryant Center Commons
        1. In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying the Unistructure should be instructed to proceed to the Gymnasium/MAC. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to proceed to the Bryant Center and remain in the common area.
    2. Bryant Center
      1. Primary – Unistructure Rotunda
      2. Secondary – Gymnasium
        1. In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying the Bryant Center should be instructed to proceed to the Unistructure and remain in the Rotunda area. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to go to the Gymnasium/Mac.
    3. Gymnasium/MAC and Wellness Center
      1. Primary – Unistructure Rotunda
      2. Secondary – Bryant Center Commons
        1. In the event of a fire emergency in the Gym/MAC, people occupying the Gym/MAC should be instructed to proceed to the Unistructure and remain in the Rotunda area. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to go to the Bryant Center Common area.
    4. Alumni House, Facilities Plant, Lower Maintenance, Cornerstone Pub
      1. In the event of a fire emergency in outlying buildings, the people occupying that area should be instructed to proceed to a designated point by the supervisor for a head count of people from that building.
    5. Bello Center
      1. Primary – Gymnasium
      2. Secondary – Unistructure Rotunda
  5. Evacuation sites for residential buildings
    The primary evacuation site will be the area where all occupants will be asked to proceed to. In the event that it is not feasible to proceed to the primary evacuation site all occupants will be asked to proceed to the secondary evacuation site.

      1. Residence Hall 1-6
        1. Primary – Unistructure Rotunda
        2. Secondary – Bryant Center
      2. Residence Hall 7-13
        1. Primary – Bryant Center
        2. Secondary – Unistructure Rotunda
      3. Residence Hall 14
        1. Primary – Residence Hall 15 lounge
        2. Secondary – Bryant Center
      4. Residence Hall 15
        1. Primary – Residence Hall 14 lounge
        2. Secondary – Residence Hall 16 lounge
      5. Residence Hall 16
        1. Primary – Residence Hall 14 lounge
        2. Secondary – Residence Hall 15 lounge
      6. Townhouse and Senior Apartments
        1. Primary – Residence Hall 16 lounge
        2. Secondary – Residence Hall 14 lounge

Bryant Evacuation Safety Team (BEST)

The Bryant Evacuation Safety Team (BEST) is a group of volunteers made up of staff and faculty members who augment the efforts of DPS in evacuating the building by ushering people out the building during fire alarms in the Unistructure. BEST members are assigned to various parts of the building and are equipped with hand-held two-way radios by which they have communication with DPS. BEST members are able to notify persons in their area about the severity and duration of the event and also direct them to shelter when necessary. When it is safe to reenter the building, BEST members will be notified, and they in turn will notify persons at their location.

BEST team members are trained and equipped by the DPS Fire Marshal. Any faculty or staff member with an interest in participating as a BEST member should contact the Bryant University Fire Marshal at ext. 6852 or by calling the business line of the DPS, ext. 6001.

Fire Safety

Fire Safety

The University’s Fire Safety Program is committed to ensuring that the Bryant community is complying with applicable state and federal fire codes. The prevention of loss of life and property due to fire is the main focus of the program.

SMOKING IS PROHIBITED IN ALL UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS AND RESIDENCE HALLS!!!!

IF THERE IS A FIRE

Sound the alarm. If you discover or suspect a fire, sound the building fire alarm by activating a pull station. Then leave the building.

Leave the building. Try to warn or assist others only if you can do so safely. Move away from the building and out of the way of the fire department. Don’t go back into the building until the fire department deems it is safe to do so.

CALL PUBLIC SAFETY OR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT

PUBLIC SAFETY EMERCENCY LINE 232-6911

FIRE DEPARTMENT 911

SURVIVING A BUILDING FIRE

Crawl if there’s smoke. If you get caught in smoke, get down and crawl. Cleaner, cooler air will be near the floor. Get low.

Feel doors before opening. Before opening any doors, feel the metal knob. If it is hot, don’t open the door. If it is cool, brace yourself against the door, open it slightly, and if heat or heavy smoke are present, close the door and stay in the room.

Go to the nearest exit or stairway. Elevator shafts may fill with smoke or the power may fail, leaving you trapped. Stairway fire doors will keep out fire and smoke – if they are closed – and will protect you until you get outside.

Close as many doors as possible as you leave. This helps to confine the fire.

Total and immediate evacuation is safest. Only use a fire extinguisher if the fire is very small and you know how to do it safely. If you can’t put out the fire, leave immediately. Make sure the fire department is called, even if you think the fire is out.

IF YOU GET TRAPPED

Keep the doors closed. Seal cracks and vents if smoke comes in. If you’re trapped in a room and there’s no smoke outside, open the windows from the top to let out the heat and smoke and from the bottom to let in fresh air.

Signal for help. Hang an object at the window (a bed sheet, jacket, shirt) to attract the fire department’s attention. If there is a phone in the room, call the fire department and report that you are trapped. Be sure to give to your room number and location.

Sometimes it’s safer to stay in place. It all the exits from the floor are blocked, go back to your room, close the door, seal cracks, open the windows if safe, wave something at the window, and shout or phone for help.

DON’T JUMP, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL RESCUE YOU

IF YOU ARE ON FIRE

Stop, Drop and Roll. If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop and roll, wherever you are. Rolling smothers the fire.

Cool your burns. Use tap water on burns immediately. Don’t use ointments. If skin is blistered, dead white, or charred, call for an ambulance.

TO PREVENT FIRES

Smoke with care. If you smoke, don’t smoke in buildings on campus or near flammable materials. Use large ashtrays and be sure ashes, matches, and cigarette ends are cold before you dump them. Don’t smoke while intoxicated.

Cook in approved areas or kitchens and use laboratory-tested appliances. Stay nearby while appliances are on. Clean up grease and appliances as soon as possible.

Be careful with electricity. Use only laboratory tested appliances. Don’t overload outlets. Replace damaged wires.

HELP ELIMINATE CAMPUS FIRE HAZARDS

Electrical abuse. Use of electrical “octopuses” to obtain more outlets can result in overloaded circuits and fire, replace damaged wires, and match your appliance power requirements to the circuit power.

Appliances. Hotplates, percolators, irons, space heaters, etc., should never be left unattended or used in prohibited areas. They should be unplugged after use and not stored until they are cool enough to touch. Also, appliances may overload circuits. Keep heaters away from curtains and furniture, match the size of the extension cord to the appliance power cord to prevent cord overheating.

Open flames. Open flames, such as candles, are not allowed on campus.

Hazardous storage. Dispose of all waste as soon as possible. Surplus material and paper recycling containers should be stored in a safe place, not in corridors, stairs or exit ways.

Flammable liquids. Gasoline, kerosene, ether, paint, glue, etc., may not be stored in residential buildings. In laboratories, shops and classrooms, storage of flammable liquids is limited to specific quantities and approved containers.

Obstacles. Storage of bicycles, chairs, desks, and other items is prohibited in all exit ways. Blocked exits have resulted in pile ups of people during emergencies.

PROTECT YOURSELF

Participate in fire drills. Fire drills are conducted to familiarize you with the sound of the building’s fire alarm, the emergency exits that you may not normally use, and the procedure for calling the fire department. Learn where the other exits are – now.

If you are disabled (even temporarily), you should do the following:

  • Learn about fire safety.
  • Plan ahead for fire emergencies
  • Be aware of your own capabilities and limitations.

On campus, the staff notifies the fire department about residents with disabilities to help them find these students. Look for “areas of refuge,” like stair enclosures or the other side of corridor fire doors. Most elevators are designed to stop operating when the alarm is sounding and are not safe during fires. Sometimes it may be safer to stay in your room. Follow the advice for being trapped.

If you use alcohol or drugs, you are especially vulnerable to smoke asphyxiation. Even young healthy people may not be able to escape a fire if they are intoxicated. They may not hear the smoke alarm or be able to find an exit. Take special care of anyone who becomes intoxicated, particularly if the person is a smoker. Let the fire department know if you think someone hasn’t evacuated the building.

REPORT DAMAGED FIRE EQUIPMENT

Fire doors: Should close completely and automatically.

Exit signs: Two exits should be visible from all public areas.

Fire Alarm: Horns, bells, and pull stations should be accessible and not vandalized.

Sprinklers: Keep 18″ of clearance around sprinkler heads. Report bent or damaged heads.

Smoke detectors: Keep them clear so they can detect smoke when you are asleep, and wake you in time to get out.

Fire extinguishers: Report empty or vandalized extinguishers. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the location of fire extinguishers. All buildings are equipped with 5 lb. dry-chemical fire extinguishers that can safely be used on Class A, B, or C fires.

  • Class A fires: Combustibles such as trash, wood or paper.
  • Class B fires: Flammable liquids.
  • Class C fires: Electrical equipment.

Fire extinguisher use instructions:

  1. Pull the metal ring pin.
  2. Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire while holding the extinguisher upright.
  3. Start from a safe distance, approximately 8 feet back.
  4. Squeeze the lever while sweeping back and forth with the nozzle.

 

ID Cards

Identification Cards

All Bryant University identification cards are produced by the Department of Public Safety (DPS). There is no first-time cost to community members for this service. There will be a $15 charge to replace damaged, lost, or stolen cards.

Students should bring their class schedule with their ID number for their first card. Students are required to carry their ID card with them at all times. They must surrender it to University officials upon request. It may only be used by the student to whom it is issued, and it is not transferable.

Employees should bring their new employee form provided by Human Resources with their ID number for their first card.

Where To Go

ID cards are made in the Department of Public Safety located on the first level of the Administrative Hall in the Unistructure. The ID card station is open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You may make an appointment at other times by calling 232-6001.

Parking

Parking

A decal is required on all faculty, staff, and student vehicles. A decal can be obtained at the DPS office at no charge. When registering your vehicle on campus you must have the vehicle registration, a University ID card, and a current state-issued driver’s license. The registration form can be found in a printable format on the DPS Web site.

Unreserved parking during regular business hours is allowed between white-lined spaces or spaces marked in yellow have a sign marking it as reserved spot. Unauthorized parking in a reserved section is cause for enforcement action, which can include the vehicle being cited, booted, or towed at the owner’s expense.

Overnight parking is allowed in the white-lined spaces of all parking lots, except in the area of the commuter lot after the second cobblestone walkway. This is legal overnight parking in the area between the Bello Road and the first cobblestone walkway, and between the first and second cobblestone walkway, excluding only those areas marked as reserved. The restrictions in the overnight parking area are from 1 a.m. Monday morning through Friday evening at 5 p.m.

APPEALS

A citation can be appealed on the DPS Web site or by picking up an appeal form at the DPS office. The Appeals Committee meets once a month and makes a ruling on all appealed citations. The results can be sent to an e-mail address, an on-campus mailbox, or home address. All appeals are final.

TOWING

In order to maintain compliance with the University parking rules and regulations and prevent violations, DPS has a tow policy. The following reasons are causes for a vehicle being towed.

  1. Parking in a fire lane.
  2. Parking in a handicapped zone (without the proper state or University permit).
  3. A vehicle has two outstanding fines on record and a third is being applied.
  4. A vehicle is parked where it obstructs other vehicles.
  5. A vehicle is parked in a space reserved for the Resident Director, and it was requested that the vehicle be moved.

HANDICAPPED PARKING

Bryant University provides designated disabled parking for those displaying the appropriate placard. State-issued handicapped permits are honored on campus provided that it is appropriately displayed.

  1. Permanent Handicap: Permanently handicapped individuals may receive permanent handicap parking status on campus upon presenting to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) a state handicapped parking decal which has been assigned to them.
  2. Temporary Handicap: Temporary handicapped parking privileges are awarded to persons who present a doctor’s note indicating that a temporary health concern is present that requires handicap parking.  The duration of the permit cannot exceed 90 days.  Requests for longer periods not covered by the Today Only pass, below, require an updated doctors’ certification letter.  Thereafter, a state permanent pass must be presented.
  3. Today Only: A “Today Only” permit may be issued to a person with an obvious need (e.g. crutches, cast on foot/leg, etc.) without a doctor’s certification. The Today Only pass can be re-issued but for no more than 5 days.  Thereafter, a doctor’s certification is needed.

Any unauthorized vehicle parked in a handicapped space is subject to a citation and immediate towing at the expense of the driver/owner.

PARKING AND TRAFFIC RULES AND REGULATIONS:

This parking guide has been designed to provide you with helpful information regarding campus parking and traffic rules. These rules are in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are strictly enforced.

PARKING ENFORCEMENT

Legal parking on campus is within designated white-lined spaces except where marked as reserved. There is no curbside parking allowed on campus. Parking in a fire lane, handicapped space, or reserved space is cause for a citation with a fine and/or towing of the vehicle. Payment of fines can be made by mail or at the DPS office during normal business hours. Appeal forms can be obtained at the DPS office and must be submitted to DPS no more than five days after the citation is issued. The Appeal Committee meets monthly during the school year and results will be mailed to either a campus mailbox or to a home address. An appeal fee is attached to each appeal not reduced or approved.

VEHICLE REGISTRATION

All vehicles belonging to faculty, staff, or actively enrolled Bryant students must be registered with DPS. Parking permits are free of charge and can be obtained at the DPS office. To receive a permit you must fill out a short informational form and produce a valid vehicle registration, a current state-issued driver’s license, and a Bryant University ID.

VISITOR PARKING

Visitor hangtags can be requested through DPS for special guests arriving on campus. The guests should stop at the Entry Control Station (ECS) to pick up a visitor hangtag and obtain directions to the appropriate parking area. The visitor’s tag should remain in plain view on the rear-view mirror of the car and is valid only on the date (s) indicated on the pass. This area is reserved from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

GUEST PASSES – STUDENT

A student requesting a guest pass must use the online guest-pass form available on the DPS Web page. The completed form is e-mailed to the Entry Control Station (ECS) and will be presented to the visitor upon arrival. Informing the visitor of campus parking and traffic rules is the responsibility of the student host. Each student is allowed one visitor at a time on campus. Guests under the age of 18 must have the permission of the Vice President for Student Affairs or the Dean of Students to remain on campus overnight. Such permission must be granted no less than three days before the guest arrives. DPS retains the right to refuse access to any visitor. The visitor’s pass must remain in plain view on the dashboard of the vehicle.

ADMISSION PARKING

Visitors to the Admission Office should stop a the Entry Control Station (ECS) and request an Admission parking pass. The visitor will then be directed to reserved parking. The pass should be placed in plain sight on the rear-view mirror, and it is valid only on the date(s) indicated. This area is reserved from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

DISABLED PARKING

Disabled parking is available throughout campus in close proximity to building entrances. DPS will make reasonable accommodations for disabled parking for persons with special needs. The lot behind the Athletic Complex (MAC Lot) is parking for disabled only. All vehicles must bear, and properly display, an appropriate State or DPS-issued handicapped permit. Failure to display a proper permit could result in fine and/or the towing of the vehicle.

FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENT PARKING

Faculty, staff, and students with a valid decal may park in any space designated for parking unless marked as reserved, or obviously sectioned off for a special event.

OVERNIGHT PARKING

Overnight parking is restricted to the area before the second cobblestone walkway in the commuter lot. The non-overnight area has three entrances that are marked with signs. Overnight parking is allowed in any white-lined space that is not marked as reserved. In time-sensitive reserved spaces, the vehicle must be moved by the time noted on the sign.

RESERVED PARKING

Reserved parking is clearly marked on campus with a reserved sign and yellow striping, and requires a special permit for use. All reserved areas are checked regularly and violators may be fined, towed, or both.

BRYANT’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL PARKING (BLC)

Vehicles bearing a BLC permit can park in the reserved BLC area in the Island Lot (Bryant Center Lot), or in the BLC area in the first row of the Commuter Lot. If all the BLC spaces are in use, members are to park in general parking. The use of other reserved areas, handicapped spaces, or fire lanes is not permitted, and may result in a citation or the towing of vehicle.

REAR CIRCLE PARKING

This area is reserved for authorized staff members who use their personal vehicles as a requirement of their job, or University vehicles, delivery vehicles and vendors. With permission, DPS contractors working for the University may be issued a parking pass. Faculty, staff, and students (not fitting the above criteria) are not permitted to park in the rear circle. Violators will be fined, towed, or both.

HALL VILLAGE DRIVING AND PARKING

Unauthorized driving and parking on walkways near the residence halls is not permitted. Driving on other campus walkways is also prohibited.

JACOBS DRIVE AND MOWRY ROAD PARKING

Unless otherwise authorized by the DPS on any part of Jacobs Drive or John Mowry Road is strictly prohibited.

MOTORCYCLE PARKING

Parking for motorcycles is allowed in the designated motorcycle parking area in the MAC lot, behind the Athletic Complex, or in any regular parking space. Parking on sidewalks, walkways, or other non-designated areas will constitute a fine and/or the towing of vehicle.

ENTRY CONTROL STATION (ECS)/TWO LANE OPERATION

DPS monitors incoming campus traffic 24 hours a day. Vehicles with valid permits are allowed to use the right lane without stopping. Vehicles without a Bryant decal must stop and request a visitor or admission parking pass, and/or receive information. All vehicles must stop when directed by the attending officer.

ENTRY CONTROL STATION (ECS)/ONE LANE OPERATION

When entering campus during times when the one-lane operation is in effect, all incoming vehicles must use the left lane and stop until signaled to proceed by the attending officer. Refusing entry to the campus is at the attending officer’s discretion.

SPEED LIMIT

The speed limit on campus is 20 mph. However, certain conditions such as evening hours or inclement weather, may require reduced speed.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

A “park and drive at your own risk” is in effect at all times. DPS officers patrol parking areas and roadways on a regular basis, but the University cannot give unconditional guarantee of security and is not responsible for personal injury, damage, or theft of vehicles or belongings. In the event of an emergency, or if assistance is required, call 232-6911 (campus 232-6001), or use the Code Blue emergency phones located on the campus, or flag down a DPS officer.

RELATED SERVICES

DPS provides safety escorts, vehicle jump starts, and vehicle lockouts 24 hours a day. DPS can be reached at their business line at 232-6001.

PLACEMENT OF PERMITS

Dry Seal Decals should be affixed to the lower-left inside corner of the windshield (driver’s side).

Hangtags whether PLC, Disabled, Admission guests, or Visitors, should be displayed on the rear-view mirror.

Student Requested Guest Passes should be displayed on the dashboard in plain view.

Motorcycle permits should be attached to the right front fork or lower left side of the faring (if applicable).

RESPONSIBILITY TO INFORM DPS

It is the responsibility of each person operating a motor vehicle on campus to inform DPS of unusual circumstances that may preclude compliance to these rules. Such failure constitutes a violation of these rules and is subject to enforcement action.

DECAL OWNERSHIP

Although the Bryant decal is affixed to personal vehicles, it remains the property of the University. DPS has the right to recall the decal at any time.