Student Affairs

Office of Student Affairs

Dr. John Saddlemire, Vice President for Student Affairs

John Denio, Associate Dean of Students 

Robert Sloss, Associate Dean of Students

Jennifer Edwards, Director of Planning & Assessment/Special Asst. to V.P.

Judy Kawamoto, Associate Dean for Student Life

Providing student learning “beyond the classroom” is the main purpose of the Student Affairs Division. The Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and staff are responsible for the following departments:

  • Amica Center for Career Education, 232-6090
  • Campus Engagement, 232-6160
  • Center for Diversity & Inclusion, 232-6946
    • Campus Ministry, 232-6712
    • Interfaith Center, 232-6119
    • Pride Center, 232-6470
    • Women’s Center, 232-6854
  • Counseling Services, 232-6045
  • Department of Public Safety, 232-6001
  • Health Services, 232-6220
  • Health Promotion, 232-6982
  • Residence Life, 232-6140

Additional Resources: Student Handbook 2016-2017

 

After-hours Psychological Emergencies

After-hours Psychological Emergencies

The following are guidelines for dealing with psychological emergencies that occur between 4:30pm and 8:30am and on weekends.Emergencies that occur during normal office hours will be handled by the Office of Public Safety if medical needs exist, the Counseling Office, and the Office of Residence Life (if the student resides on campus).

Suicide Attempts

The Office of Public Safety and the Resident Director (RD) on duty should be contacted.  The Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) will respond to the medical needs of the individual.  If the student is not transported to a hospital, the Resident Director will meet with the student to assess the situation.  For consultation or assistance in dealing with the psychological aspects of the situation, the Resident Director should contact Counseling staff. For consultation or assistance in dealing with the administrative aspects of the situation, the Resident Director should contact the Director of Residence Life and Dean of Student Life.

Other Psychological Emergencies

The RD on duty should be contacted. This individual will meet with the student and assess the situation.  For consultation or assistance in dealing with the psychological aspects of the situation, the RD should contact Counseling staff. For consultation or assistance in dealing with the administrative aspects of the situation, the RD should contact the Director of Residence Life and the Dean of Student Life.

Reassessment of Student Status

After any psychological emergency, the Vice President for Student Affairs or the Dean of Student Life will reassess an individual’s status as a student and/or campus resident in order to determine whether or not it is appropriate for the student to continue to reside on campus and/or to continue student status.

If a student is required to leave campus for psychological reasons, the following conditions must be met before the individual resumes student and/or resident status:

  1. The student will be required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
  2. The psychological evaluation is to be performed by a licensed psychiatrist.
  3. The psychiatrist performing the evaluation will be independent of the University but will be required to consult with University staff to understand the nature of the behavior that is of concern to the University.
  4. This psychiatrist will summarize the results of the evaluation in written form on the “Psychiatrist’s Reenrollment Questionnaire” supplied by the University.  This completed form must be received by the Vice President for Student Affairs and/or Dean of Student Life before any decision is made concerning the resumption of student and/or resident status.
  5. The evaluation will be reviewed by a member of the Counseling Center staff, who may communicate directly with the evaluator to clarify the written summary and/or gain further information.  A subsequent recommendation will be made by this staff member to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Bias Incident Committee

Bias Incident Committee

Bryant University is committed to challenging and stopping acts of discrimination and hate. The Bias Incident Committee was established to monitor such incidents when they occur, and ensure that they are investigated thoroughly. The committee also makes recommendations for educational programs and standards for action.

If you have been a victim of a bias incident or hate crime, or have witnessed a situation, please report it to Public Safety immediately. Do not touch any evidence: keep the voice mail message or e-mail message; don’t wash away the graffiti; don’t clean up the vandalism.

You can report an incident through any of the following channels:

  • Call the 24-hour Bias Incident Hotline at 401-232-6920.
  • Complete the electronic Bias Incident Form available at web.bryant.edu/bias

To report an incident in person, go to the Public Safety Office (lower level Unistructure on the Administration Hall side), or contact the Resident Director on duty: 401-258-4247

All reports will be investigated by the appropriate offices, and individuals involved will be notified of actions taken. Due to confidentiality laws, the University may not be able to reveal all the information related to the investigation.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services

The Counseling staff provides individual counseling for students experiencing personal problems or concerns.  Students experiencing more serious psychological problems or who require more long term or intensive psychotherapy are referred to appropriate off-campus agencies.

Counseling staff also lead group programs designed to assist students in coping with the developmental tasks of the college years.

Counseling staff provide consultation services to faculty/staff regarding student behavior, as well as referral resources for faculty/staff seeking counseling/psychotherapy.

All counseling contact is confidential within ethical and legal guidelines.

Members of the Bryant community who need assistance may contact several on-campus resources including: Counseling Services (232-6045), Health Services (232-6220), and Campus Ministries (232-6712). The personnel in these offices can provide personal advising or counseling, detailed information on health issues and reporting procedures, or referrals to resources off campus.

On-Campus Resources for Victims of Sexual Misconduct: Members of the Bryant community who believe that they or another member of the community have been or are being subjected to any form of sexual misconduct have the right and are encouraged to report the matter to and seek assistance from Bryant University, off-campus resources, or both.

Victims who wish to access resources and support without their names being disclosed to other University officials, or others, should contact one of the following: Advocacy Helpline (401 258-4209), Counseling Services (232-6045), Health Services (232-6220), and Campus Ministries (232-6712). Disclosures to these employees generally will not trigger a University investigation into an incident against the victim’s wishes. In addition, these individuals will share only general information about the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, as required under federal law, and will not disclose information which identifies the victim except in those instances where the Title IX Coordinator determines that disclosure is necessary in order for the University to meet its legal obligations and/or to protect the safety and wellbeing of its community.

Mandated Reporters: Bryant has decided to adopt a policy that defines all employees, including faculty and staff, as mandatory reporters of sexual misconduct under Title IX and Title VII. However, counselors, health care providers and clergy are voluntary reporters, not mandated to report incidents of sexual misconduct.

 

Disabled Student Services

Disabled Student Services

Bryant University supports students who self-identify with disabilities and provide documentation of their disability from an appropriate source. Bryant University professional staff members serve as advocates for students with disabilities and assist them in achieving equal access to all University programs and services. If students have disabilities that may require accommodations, it is incumbent upon the student to contact the designated office:

  • For physical disabilities, contact Judy Farrell, Advisor to Students with Disabilities in Health Services, at 401-232-6220; TDD: 401-231-2860; e-mail: jfarrell@bryant.edu. Individuals with permanent or temporary physical disabilities who wish to obtain handicapped parking passes should contact the Department of Public Safety 401-232-6001.
  • For psychiatric or psychological disabilities, contact William Phillips, Director of Counseling Services, at 401-232-6045.
  • For learning disabilities & ADHD, contact Marie Saddlemire , Assistant Director, Academic Center for Excellence, Access Services, at 401-232-6746 . Students with learning disabilities submit documentation and request academic accommodations through ACE. A report of comprehensive testing, completed within the past three years, must address the current impact of disability on the student’s academic performance. Bryant’s guidelines for documentation may be accessed at http://my.bryant.edu/portal/academic-success-programs/access-services-formerly-learning-disability-services.htm. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule an appointment at ACE at the start of each semester to discuss accommodation requests.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students

Bryant University admits students of any race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, color, 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, color, religion, sex, sexual preference or orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, ethnicity, disability or veteran status in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. In addition, Bryant University does not discriminate unlawfully against persons with a disability 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 disabled student issues should be directed to the University’s Office of Human Resources: 401-232-6010. The appropriate referral will be made based on the issue presented.

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.

Drug Policy

Drug Policy

The illegal sale, possession and/or use of controlled substances, e.g., alcohol, marijuana, amphetamines, barbiturates, and other hallucinogens, is prohibited on the Bryant campus or at any University-sponsored function. Students and student organization leaders are subject to University disciplinary action and referral to local authorities for violation of the University drug policy.

DRUG-FREE CAMPUS PROGRAM

As an institution of higher education, Bryant University prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol on the Bryant University campus by faculty members, students, staff members, and administrators. All members of the campus community are expected to comply with all federal, state, and local laws, as well as all applicable policies contained in the Student Handbook, Residence Hall Occupancy and Board Agreement, Employee Handbook, and other documents, when on the campus, or during University-related activities off campus. Violation of these policies or laws by students may result in sanctions up to an including permanent dismissal from the University (expulsion). Violation of these policies or laws by employees of the University may result in irrevocable termination of employment.

Note: The full and detailed list of sanctions for students found in violation of the campus alcohol or drugs policy is contained in the Student Handbook section on Campus Standards of Conduct.

DRUG-FREE POLICY

Bryant University prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students, employees and guests on its property or as part of any of its activities. Where there is evidence of violation of the law, law enforcement officials may be contacted immediately.

Any full- or part-time employee or student found to be in violation of this policy may be subject to applicable legal sanctions under local, state, and federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol, as well as disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or separation from the University.

Substance abuse is a problem that poses a serious threat to employees and students. The use of alcohol and illegal drugs endangers the health and safety of the abusers and all others around them. Bryant University is committed to making a good-faith effort in creating and maintaining a drug-free workplace.

COUNSELING AND TREATMENT

Students who believe they have a problem with alcohol or other drugs may present their problem at a variety of locations. These include but are not limited to Counseling Services and Health Services.

Education, Counseling, and Treatment

Counseling Services     401-232-6045

Health Services            401-232-6220

The personnel in these offices can provide personal advising or counseling, detailed information on health risks and intervention strategies, or referrals to long-term counseling or other interventions. All contacts with these offices with regard to alcohol or drug problems are held in strict confidence.

DRUG EDUCATION

Bryant University regularly schedules drug-abuse prevention programs in the residence halls and throughout the campus. Members of the Bryant community who believe they have a problem with drug abuse may receive information on prevention and treatment programs from a variety of offices. These include Health Services, Residence Life, Counseling Services, Human Resources, and Public Safety.

The Bryant community encourages all of its members to seek professional assistance when recognizing a drug-abuse problem.

Evacuation Procedure

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, voice or text message to cell phone, or by a Public Safety Officer.

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
    • Voice or text message to cell phones
    • Bryant Evacuation Safety Team members
  3. If there is a genuine emergency, 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.

Unistructure

  • Primary – Gymnasium/MAC
  • Secondary – The Fisher Student Center Commons

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 Fisher Student Center and remain in the common area.

Fisher Student Center

  • Primary – Unistructure Rotunda
  • Secondary – Gymnasium

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying the Fisher Student 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.

Gymnasium/MAC and Wellness Center

  • Primary – Unistructure Rotunda
  • Secondary – The Fisher Student Center Commons

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 Fisher Student Center Common area.

Bello Center

  • Primary – Gymnasium
  • Secondary – Unistructure Rotunda

AIC Building

  • Primary – Bello Library
  • Secondary – MAC

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying the AIC Building should be instructed to proceed to the Bello Center. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to proceed to the MAC and remain in the lobby.

Alumni House, Cornerstone Building

  • Primary – Hall 17 Common Area
  • Secondary – Chaffee Building

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying the Alumni House or the Cornerstone Building should be instructed to proceed to Hall 17 in the common area. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to proceed to the Chafee Building and remain in the common area.

Lower Maintenance

  • Primary – Warehouse Building
  • Secondary – Unistructure

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying Lower Maintenance should be instructed to proceed to the Warehouse building and await further instructions. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to proceed to the Unistructure loading dock and wait in the rotunda area.

Facilities

  • Primary – AIC Building
  • Secondary – MAC

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying Facilities should be instructed to proceed to the AIC Building in the common area. If this is not feasible, they should proceed to the MAC and wait in the lobby.

Indoor Practice Field

  • Primary – Wellness Center Lobby
  • Secondary – Bello Library

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying the Indoor Practice Field should be instructed to proceed to the Wellness Center lobby and await further instructions. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to proceed to the Bello Library and wait in the rotunda area.

Conaty Baseball Field

  • Primary – Wellness Center Lobby
  • Secondary – Bello Library

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying the Conaty Park Baseball Field should be instructed to proceed to the Wellness Center lobby and await further instructions. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to proceed to the Bello Library and wait in the rotunda area.

Conaty Softball Field

  • Primary – Wellness Center Lobby
  • Secondary – Bello Library

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying the Conaty Park Softball Field should be instructed to proceed to the Wellness Center lobby and await further instructions. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to proceed to the Bello Library and wait in the rotunda area.

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.

Residence Hall 1-6

  • Primary – Unistructure Rotunda
  • Secondary – The Fisher Student Center

Residence Hall 7-13

  • Primary – The Fisher Student Center
  • Secondary – Unistructure Rotunda

Residence Hall 14

  • Primary – Residence Hall 15 lounge
  • Secondary – The Fisher Student Center

Residence Hall 15

  • Primary – Residence Hall 14 lounge area
  • Secondary – Residence Hall 17 common area

Residence Hall 16

  • Primary – Residence Hall 14 lounge
  • Secondary – Residence Hall 15 lounge

Residence Hall 17

  • Primary – Hall 15
  • Secondary – Fisher Center Building

Townhouse and Senior Apartments

  • Primary – Residence Hall 16 lounge
  • 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 Safety Coordinator. Any faculty or staff member with an interest in participating as a BEST member should contact the Bryant University Fire Safety Coordinator by calling the Department of Public Safety at 232-6001.

Fire Safety

Fire Safety

The Fire Safety Program on campus is the responsibility of the Fire Safety Coordinator, who reports to the Director of Public Safety.The Fire Safety Coordinator is responsible for:

    1. All fire and safety-related inspections, reports, and upkeep of campus fire equipment.
    2. Investigating all reported fire and safety hazards, and conducting and maintaining records of all fire and safety inspections.
    3. Reporting irregularities and hazards to appropriate personnel.
    4. Conducting and recording required fire drills on campus, including related training where appropriate.
    5. Enforcing and documenting all Rhode Island State Fire Code requirements and related activities, and training where appropriate.

General Safety Procedures

General Safety Procedures

General Safety and Emergency Procedures when Handling Chemicals or other Hazardous Materials

  1. Know the chemical you are using and its characteristics/ antidotes in the event of bodily contamination.  Read the label.  Consult the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) available in your department.  If still uncertain, contact the Fire Safety Coordinator at Ext. 6001 for guidance.
  2. Wear proper personal protective equipment for the task.  Consult the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to see what is recommended.
  3. Know where an immediate source of fresh water, eyewash station, and exit is located in the work area prior to handling any hazardous material.
  4. Observe all safety precautions and know how to take necessary emergency action to protect yourself and fellow workers in the event of a chemical or solvent spill.
  5. Know how to obtain medical assistance in the event of a chemical spill or leak.  If emergency assistance of any type is required, call the Department of Public Safety at 232-6911.

Health Services

Health Services

The University maintains a Health Center in Residence Hall 16.  Nurse Practitioners are on duty during regular working hours. Health Services provides health education through educational sessions, alcohol awareness programs, and individual health counseling.

All full time students are required to provide Health Services documentation indicating proof of insurance and immunization history. Bryant University Health Services is a nurse practitioner-directed program that adheres to federal and state law and endorses the general guidelines of the American University Health Association, The Rhode Island Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health Services is staffed by a part-time physician, family nurse practitioners, and a health promotion coordinator.

Health Services provides a health promotion program that includes a peer-education program. Students deliver workshops to campus groups on issues involving alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault, AIDS, and wellness topics.

Clinical components of the Health Services program include the treatment of illnesses and injuries, women’s healthcare, and referral as appropriate.

All healthcare and medical records are considered confidential and family members are notified only in the event of a life-threatening accident or illness.

Health Services is open Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. In the event of emergencies when Health Services is closed, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are available through the Department of Public Safety at 232-6911

 

Key Control Policy

Key Control Policy – Faculty and Staff

 

1. All keys must be issued by and returned to the Facilities Locks and Keys Shop.

2. No deposits will be required.

3. No key shall be issued by or turned in to any person or office other than the Locks and Keys Shop.

4. No more than one key will be issued per person for the same area.

5. No keys are to be shared or loaned with anyone.

6. Lost and/or stolen keys must be reported immediately to the Department of Public Safety, Ext. 6001.

7. All keys must be returned to the Facilities Lock and Key Shop prior to departing Bryant University’s employment.

8. No key will be issued without a properly completed Work Request and a  Key Authorization Card.

Line of Authority for Key Authorization:

Great Grand Masters – by authority of the President, Director of Facilities and the Director of Public Safety.

Grand Masters – by authority of the Vice President responsible for the area or building and the Director of Public Safety.

Sub Masters – by authority of the Building Administrator responsible for the building and area and the Director of the individual requesting the key.

Individual Area Keys -by authority of employee’s Director

10.  To control continuity and security over the campus key system, the only lock cylinders and keys to be used on any area of Bryant University are those authorized and installed by the Facilities Lock and Key Shop located in the lower level of the Unistructure on the Administration Hall side across from the Department of Public Safety.

Parking Decals

Parking Decals

Parking decals are to be used by all students, faculty, staff and auxiliary employees on campus.

The procedure for employees to obtain a decal is as follows: 

  • The employee is responsible for completing the registration card.
  • A decal will be issued to the employee by the Department of Public Safety.
  • If an employee owns two vehicles, two registration cards must be completed for two decals to be issued.

The decal issued should be placed on the lower left side of the front windshield on the driver’s side.

The decal remains the property of the University and must be returned to DPS upon leaving Bryant’s employ. Decals are not issued annually.

Poster, Paint, and Sign Policy

Poster, Paint, and Sign Policy

POSTER, PAINT, AND SIGN POLICY

The following policies have been accepted by the Bryant University Student Senate and the Office of Campus Engagement. All clubs, organizations, and departments are advised to follow these policies:

  1. Only currently recognized Bryant University student organizations or departments may post posters and signs in the Unistructure and Residence Halls (see Fisher Student Center policy for specific rules relating to that facility).
  2. Posters and signs in the Unistructure may be displayed in enclosed bulletin boards (not departmental). To advertise in the residence halls, posters must be submitted to the Office of Residence Life a minimum of one week prior to your event. Residence Life staff will review the posters, and if approved, submitting group/organization will then be allowed to post them in designated areas within the residence halls. Outdated posters will be removed on a daily basis.
  3. Posters and signs must bear the name of the sponsoring organization or department. In addition, they cannot advertise alcohol as the major focus of the sign or event.
  4. Any signs placed on classroom bulletin boards may not overhang the board, and only one sign per classroom bulletin board is permitted. The maximum number posted for any event is two per bulletin board.
  5. A poster making machine is available in the student organization resource area (third floor of the Fisher Student Center) for use by all recognized student organizations and clubs.
  6. Sidewalk chalking is not permissible on brick walkways; it is permissible on other walkways. If you have any questions about where chalking is permissible, stop by the Office of Campus Engagement.
  7. Off-campus groups must receive permission from the Associate Dean/Director of the Office of Campus Engagement or his/her designee to advertise their event(s) on campus. This permission will be given if the event(s) is/are in support of the aims of the University.
  8. Failure to abide by the guidelines in this policy will necessitate immediate removal of unauthorized posters and signs. Anyone found guilty of removing posters, unless authorized by the Office of Campus Engagement or the sponsoring organization is subject to campus discipline. Violations may be referred to Community Standards.

 

Solicitation

Solicitation Policy

Solicitation applies to commercial, charitable, religious and political endeavors.  Authorization to sell or solicit for the sale of merchandise in the Unistructure or Housing Units will not ordinarily be given.  Any party granted permission to sell or solicit for the sale of merchandise must agree to abide by appropriate federal, state, and local regulations.

Commercial endeavors are divided into three categories:

  • student ventures
  • student organization ventures
  • non-student ventures

Student Ventures

Student ventures are defined as projects conducted by students for the purpose of making a profit. Students may sell or solicit for the sale of merchandise on campus only with the written authorization of the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students or his/her designee, and only using existing on-campus channels for such distribution. In addition, students may not use their residence hall address (i.e., Bryant University post office box number) as a business address, nor may they use their residence hall telephone as a business telephone. A panel appointed by the VPSA in consultation with other executives will make recommendations on proposals.

Student Organization Ventures

Student organization ventures are projects conducted by recognized student organizations 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 Office of Campus Engagement. 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.

 Non-Student Ventures

Non-student ventures include all efforts to sell or solicit for the sale of merchandise by University employees, University affiliates, or commercial vendors.

  1. University employees may sell or solicit for the sale of merchandise on campus only as directly related to the purpose and description of their employment.
  2. University affiliates may sell or solicit for the sale of merchandise on campus only as provided for in their written terms of affiliation with Bryant University.
  3. Commercial vendors may sell or solicit for the sale of merchandise on campus only with the written authorization of an office of Bryant University acting within the scope of its authority.

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 Alcohol Policy

Alcohol Policy

ALCOHOL POLICY

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 among students has been 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 for their 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.

Summary of State and City Laws Concerning Alcohol

Rhode Island law regarding alcoholic beverages states that no alcoholic beverages can be sold, delivered or in any way given to a person under twenty-one (21) years of age. The possession of alcohol is also in violation of this State law. Anyone under the age of twenty-one (21) years who knowingly makes false statements as to his/her age in order to purchase or in any way procure alcoholic beverages shall be subject to appropriate penalties by the State of Rhode Island. This includes the use of falsified or false identification in order to procure alcohol in violation of the law. BRYANT UNIVERSITY IS OBLIGATED TO ABIDE BY AND ENFORCE THIS STATE LAW.

Open Container: Rhode Island General Laws (#31-27-2) and Smithfield City Ordinance (#3-4) prohibit open containers of alcohol in public areas, including outside, public lounges, hallways, etc.

Outdoor Gatherings and Alcohol: In accordance with Rhode Island State law and the Smithfield City ordinance prohibiting open containers of alcohol outside, alcohol is not permitted outside, with the exception of licensed permit areas during pre-approved major campus events.

Enforcement

While it is understood that employees of the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Residence 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.

Alcohol Citations

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 have been determined to have been violated.

 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:

  • 12 pack of beer
  • or 12 Flavored malt beverages/wine coolers
  • or a maximum of 750 milliliters of wine
  • or a maximum of 375 milliliters of distilled spirits.
  • Students may only possess one of the categories above at a time. (For example, students may not possess a 12 pack of beer and 750 milliliters of wine at the same time.)
  • Grain alcohol or equivalent substances are not permitted.
  • Beer and other alcoholic substances must be transported in the designated quantity. Transportation in packaging of quantities larger than designated is not permitted.
  • The University reserves the right to confiscate all of the alcohol in question if circumstances dictate so. Confiscated alcohol is disposed of; it will not be returned regardless of age.

Locations in which Alcohol may be consumed

  • Residence Halls
  • Students over the age of 21 may consume alcohol in the privacy of their residence hall bedrooms.
  • Students may consume alcohol in their suite/TH lounges/ common areas only when all residents of the suite/TH are 21 or over.
  • Students who are underage may not possess or drink alcoholic beverages.
  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted in Residence Halls 14, 15, & 16, or any other designated first-year area.
  • Licensed Facilities
  • The only entity permitted to sell alcohol on the Bryant Campus is the Campus Dining Services.
  • License holders on the Bryant Campus are responsible for ensuring that alcohol is not available to persons under the age of 21 or to those who appear intoxicated.
  • Proper Identification is required to be served alcohol.

Violations

There are a number of potential violations of the alcohol policy, including, but not limited to;

Under the age of 21:

  • Consuming alcohol
  • Possessing alcohol
  • Purchasing or attempting to purchase alcohol
  • Purchasing or attempting to purchase alcohol with false identification transporting alcohol
  • being in the presence of alcohol

General Violations:

  • Common containers are not allowed.
  • providing/serving alcohol to minors
  • selling alcohol to or purchasing alcohol for a minor
  • purchasing and transporting to campus unreasonably
  • high amounts of alcohol
    • open containers in public areas or outside
    • Significant impairment of functioning due to alcohol
    • encouraging or contributing to the intoxication of another person
    • drinking games or simulated drinking games, (defined as games that promote the rapid consumption of alcohol. This includes, but is not limited to: beer pong, flip cup, funneling, Quarters or altered board games.)
    • Possession or use of alcohol paraphernalia/drinking apparatus
    • Large alcohol gathering that exceeds space capacity or involves high risk behavior

Guidelines

In cases where large groups of students are drinking outside a specific living unit, that living unit will be assumed to have sponsored the gathering. Accordingly, residents of that living unit will be held responsible for an unauthorized gathering and for serving alcohol.

Residents of specific living units, e.g., townhouses, suites, etc., will be held responsible for violations of the alcohol policy occurring within their living units or sponsored by them. Students with multiple violations of these policies may evicted from the residence halls. Additionally, they may be suspended from Bryant University. Read your Student Handbook carefully. It notes that students who are evicted from the residence halls or suspended from school will receive no refund of tuition, room or board fees. Bryant University is serious about curbing alcohol abuse and disorderly behavior. Students who continue to violate our alcohol and any other policies face significant disciplinary action.

Parental Notification

The University has determined that parents of minors will be notified when there is a violation of alcohol and/or drug policy.

Sanctions

The Associate Dean of Students 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. For example: Arrest, Significant impairment of functioning, behavior that is disruptive, destructive, disorderly, against the Bryant Guiding Principles/ Bryant Pledge, and/or any other evidence of problematic use.

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, Residence Life, Counseling Services, Human Resources and Public Safety.

Campus Events Involving Alcohol

  • Campus events must be registered and approved by the Offices of Residence Life, Office of Campus Engagement, Department of Public Safety, and/or Conference Services.
  • Campus Dining Services will be responsible for securing all applicable alcohol sale permits for major campus events.
  • Consumption of alcohol is permitted only within the limits of a pre-approved area at the event site.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages must be available at the same price or less as the alcoholic beverage(s), and featured as prominently as the alcoholic beverage(s).
  • A reasonable portion of the budget for the event shall be designated for the purchase of food items.
  • No event shall include any form of drinking contest in its activities or promotion.
  • “All you can drink events” at which an unlimited amount of alcohol may be consumed for one fee, or special price promotions are not permitted.
  • Institutionally approved security personnel shall be present at all times during major campus events, as deemed necessary.

The sale of hard liquor will be by special permission only.

K. Alcohol and Campus Organizations/Departments/Activities

Alcohol may not be used at membership recruitment functions by any campus organization, including, but not limited to:

  • student organizations
  • fraternities or sororities
  • departmental clubs
  • special interest groups
  • faculty or staff professional groups, etc.

Alcohol may not be served, consumed, or otherwise present at athletic, Intramural or recreational sports events.

Student Housing

Student Housing

MISSION: Residential living is an integral part of a student’s development and provides an extension of and enhancement for the more formal classroom learning experience. The Office of Residence Life at Bryant University is committed to providing not only a living area for the students, but fostering an environment conducive to intellectual, social and personal growth; to providing programs that meet the cultural and recreational needs of residents; to providing support, counseling and referral services; and to promoting student responsibility, accountability and leadership experiences.

LIVING OPTIONS

Living options at Bryant University are designed to foster a gradual increase of independent lifestyle and individual responsibility. First- year students have the opportunity to establish relationships with large numbers of classmates in a more traditional setting. Sophomores and Juniors experiment with small-group living while eating in common areas with all resident students. Many seniors live independently in townhouse units with full responsibility for their cooking, cleaning, etc. All living areas include telephone, cable, and computer access.

First-Year Complex

Each of the first-year residence halls (Residence Halls 14 and 16) houses approximately 300 students. Hall 14 and 15 have a system of double bedrooms with a common bathroom. Hall 16 is suite style with 8 students sharing a common room and bathroom. Some first-year students may be assigned to a triple room, if necessary.

These halls have common lounges with kitchen facilities. Students in first year halls are required to maintain a meal plan.

Suite-Style Halls

The majority of residence halls on campus house students in suites. Most suites comprise three to four double bedrooms, a living room, and a private bath. There are a small number of suites in some halls that accommodate two or four students. Students in suite-style halls are required to maintain a meal plan.

Townhouses

Many, but not all, seniors at Bryant live in one of the townhouse apartments located off Jacobs Drive. The townhouses come as close as possible to duplicating apartment living, while maintaining on-campus status, and include cooking facilities.

RESIDENCE HALL OCCUPANCY AND BOARD AGREEMENT*

* This is a highlight of the information included in the agreement. For more detailed information, please see a copy of complete Residence Hall Occupancy and Board Agreement.

  1. Eligibility: Undergraduates Students interested in campus housing must be registered as a full-time student (12 credit hours or more) for the semester(s) they wish to live on campus. Students on any disciplinary sanction, e.g., Residence Hall Probation or Disciplinary Probation, may not have equal priority in room selection or lottery with those students in good standing. For special exceptions, see the Director of Residence Life.
  2. Room Assignment: The University reserves the right to make and change room assignments whenever necessary. The University reserves the right to assign up to three students to a room (triple) when housing demand exceeds the spaces available. In such cases, the residents of that room will be billed at a reduced rate until additional spaces are available. Students understand that if space is available and they choose not to “de-triple,” they will each be billed for the regular room rate on a prorated basis once the offer has been made by the University.
  3. Move in/Move out: Students are required to formally check in at the beginning of the semester and to properly check out at the end of each academic year. Students who fail to properly check out may be subject to fines, and it may affect the result of any appeals filed. Completion by the student of the Room Acceptance form is also required, since it is used by the Office of Residence Life as a basis for assessing damage or loss charges at the end of the term. Students are expected to leave their living area in the same condition as when they moved in. Students must remove all personal property from the residence halls at the end of the academic year.
  4. Liability: The University is not responsible for damage to personal property by fire, theft, or any other cause, or for any property left in the halls upon closing.  “The University will assume no responsibility or liability for any damage to property or any personal injuries caused by the intentional, willful or malicious conduct of students, including without limitation, such conduct as fighting, wrestling, vandalism, horseplay and the like.”
  5. Guests: A resident may have no more than one guest at any one time. Overnight guests may visit for no longer than two consecutive nights within a given week, except with permission from the Office of Residence Life. They must also be properly registered with Public Safety and Residence Life. Bryant students will be held responsible for the conduct of their guests. The privilege of entertaining guests is a negotiable agreement between roommates. (See Guest Policy.)
  6. Solicitation: Door-to-door solicitation is strictly prohibited in the residence halls. Any promotion within the residence halls must receive prior written permission from the Office of Residence Life.
  7. Pets: No pets are allowed in University residence halls except for non-carnivorous small fish (maximum one tank per room/a ten gallon tank size). There will be a $10 fine per day until the pet is removed.
  8. Prohibited Items in Residence Halls include but are not limited to:
    • Any heat-producing appliances including, but not limited to: grills, hot plates, heating/immersion coils, electric fry pans, toaster ovens, toasters, electric heaters, microwave ovens (only microfridges from the University approved vendor are allowed), or hot pots. (All of the above are allowed in the townhouses with the exception of heating/immersion coils and electric heaters.)
    • Halogen lamps; extension cords;
    • Candles and incense;
    • Lofts, bars, or extra furniture;
    • Water beds, hot tubs;
    • Television or radio antennae that are placed outside the room window, or anywhere on the exterior of the building or grounds;
    • Weights;
    • Firearms, BB guns, knives, or any type of weapon;
    • Fireworks or explosives of any type;
    • Gasoline, kerosene, gas grills, or other hazardous chemicals;
    • Motorcycles, mopeds, or other gas-powered vehicles;
    • Dartboard/darts;
    • Traffics signs, neon signs;
    • Kegalators, keg refrigerators, taps and funnels.

    The University reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to deem other items as prohibited.

Student Involvement

 

Student Involvement and Student Organizations

OFFICE OF CAMPUS ENGAGEMENT

Location:         Fisher Student Center, 2nd Floor

Phone Numbers:

  • Involvement: 401-232-6160
  • Operations: 401-232-6993
  • Information Center: 401-232-6245
  • Scheduling: 401-232-6117

Website:           http://my.bryant.edu/portal/campus-engagement/

The Office of Campus Engagement strives to create an inclusive atmosphere that fosters personal and professional growth through leadership, programming, service opportunities, and new student programs. Built on the foundation of the Fisher Student Center, the living room of the campus, we provide the services and programs which enhance the life of our community.  Our team supports, challenges and mentors students, employees and organizations to fulfill the mission and vision of Bryant University.

The Office of Campus Engagement offices are located on the second and third floors of the Fisher Student Center, and staff members are responsible for the overall management of the Fisher Student Center and Interfaith Center facilities as well as providing support to the more than 100 student clubs and organizations on campus. Each year, the staff also works in conjunction with other departments and organizations to coordinate the following programs: Orientation, Opening Weekend, The Big B, Homecoming/Reunion, Family & Friends Weekend, Festival of Lights, and Spring Weekend. Major student organizations (The Archway, Commuter Connection, Ledger yearbook, Student Programming Board, Student Senate, WJMF Radio Station, Greek Leadership) are also advised by the Campus Engagement staff.

In addition to the leadership opportunities available through clubs and organizations, the Office of Campus Engagement coordinates such programs as the Leadership Development Series: Linked Through Leadership and the annual all-campus Recognition Program for clubs and organizations. Students are also strongly encouraged to become involved in community service, and our office collaborates with faculty, staff, and many departments to coordinate service efforts throughout the year.

 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

There are three categories of student organizations at Bryant University: partnering organizations; academic clubs, and sports clubs.

Partnering Organizations

Partnering organizations serve as recognized representatives of the student body and its constituents to the University administration, and are advised by paid University staff dedicated to serving in this role. These organizations include The Archway, Commuter Connection, International Student Organization, Multicultural Student Union, Ledger yearbook, Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Student Senate, Student Programming Board, and WJMF Radio Station. These organizations have specific functions and obligations delegated to them by Bryant University; they are directly supervised by the University in the exercise of these functions.

Academic Clubs

Academic clubs are comprised of students who share a common academic interest. These organizations may be supported by a specific academic department or, in the case of interdisciplinary organizations, the Academic Affairs division.   In either case, the Academic Club should show how their mission and activities are aligned with the mission of their supporting academic organization.  Academic clubs are advised by a faculty or staff member of the department or division with which they are aligned.

Sport Clubs

Club Sports are comprised of individuals who have a desire to compete or participate in a sport. Each club’s level of activity is unique and ranges from regional to national intercollegiate competition. Each club is represented on the Club Sports Council and is advised by the Director of Club Sports and Intramurals. Club Sports is committed to improving the quality of student life for all participants involved while offering different opportunities to meet the needs of the Bryant community.

REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION

A student group desiring recognition by Bryant University as an organization must follow the steps below to be approved by the Student Senate and the Associate Dean/Director of the Office of Campus Engagement, or his/her designee. A student group desiring recognition as a sports club must submit a written proposal to be approved by the Student Senate in conjunction with the Director of Club Sports/Athletics Department and the Associate Dean/Director of the Office of Campus Engagement or his/her designee. A student group desiring recognition as a fraternity or sorority must submit a written proposal to be approved by the appropriate Greek governing body, as well as the Office of Campus Engagement and the Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students.

The process to request recognition as a student organization is as follows:

  1. Attend a new club interest meeting hosted by the Associate Dean/Director of the Office of Campus Engagement, or his/her designee in partnership with Vice President of Clubs and Organizations of the Student Senate
  2. Submit the new club interest form located under the Student Senate OrgSync portal; this will include a proposed constitution and list of currently enrolled Bryant University students interested in becoming members. This form should be fully completed at least two weeks prior to the Student Senate meeting in which you will present your new club.
  3. A minimum of ten currently enrolled full-time undergraduate Bryant University students must indicate interest in order for the group to request recognition.
  4. Each proposed group must have a committed advisor who is a member of the Bryant University faculty or staff prior to formal presentation to the Student Senate.
  5. The proposed constitution will be reviewed and voted on by the members of the Student Senate.
  6. If passed by the Student Senate, the constitution must then be approved by the Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students. If approved, the group becomes a provisionally recognized student organization for the first full semester.
  7. All provisional recognized student organizations must go through New Club Orientation hosted by the Vice President of Clubs and Organizations of the Student Senate to learn about all services, privileges, and policies for student organizations.

Provisional Recognition Status

  • A provisionally recognized student organization will have all student organization resources available however will have mandatory student organization requirements that will need to be fulfilled in the first semester in order to attain official recognition status.
    1. Provisional Club Requirement Checklist will be posted on the Student Senate Portal on OrgSync.
  • Under Provisional Recognition Status, clubs will be ineligible to apply for Request for Initial Funding until fully recognized.
  • After the first full semester, the student organization will present provisional club requirement checklist with evidence to the Vice President of Clubs and Organizations of the Student Senate and the Associate Dean/Director of the Office of Campus Engagement, or his/her designee.
  • If the provisionally recognized student organization does not fulfill this checklist, they must go through one more semester of provisional status to complete this checklist. If the club does not succeed, they will be ineligible to apply for full recognition.

In order to be recognized by the University, all organizations must include the following statements in their constitution:

  • Membership is open to all interested full-time undergraduate Bryant students.
  • All meetings are open to the Bryant community.
  • The president must attend monthly Student Presidents Advisory Council (SPAC) Meetings.
  • The president and treasurer must attend annual treasurer training hosted by the Office of Campus Engagement & Student Senate at the beginning of the fall semester.
  • The president and treasurer must be intending to spend the entire officer year on campus at Bryant University while serving office (with no intention of being abroad during their term).

Groups seeking recognition that are affiliated with a nationally-recognized organization may be allowed to limit their membership, pending the approval of the Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee.

Students, who pledge, join, accept membership or affiliate in any way with a former fraternity or sorority whose recognition has been withdrawn by the University are in violation of University policy and are subject to disciplinary action. This disciplinary action may range from probation status to University suspension.

All social fraternities and sororities must be nationally affiliated to be recognized by the University.

The University, through the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, reserves the right to deny recognition to any student organization who’s stated aims and/or objectives are not consistent with those of Bryant University. The Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students may revoke an existing organization’s recognition whenever due cause for said revocation can be clearly demonstrated.

All student organizations are required to maintain an updated constitution, along with a current Student Organization Registration with the Office of Campus Engagement through their OrgSync portal in April of each year.

The act of recognition implies that a student organization obligates itself to abide by all the rules and regulations of the University pertaining to student organizations. These rules and regulations are specified throughout this handbook and other University publications. In addition, members and officers agree to comply with all academic rules and regulations of the University and recognize that violation of any University policies or interference with University functions is grounds for disciplinary action against the organization and its members.

Recognition or the ability to use the name “Bryant University” does not imply or indicate Bryant University sponsorship or approval of the activities of the organization.

For a list of Clubs and Organizations, visit OrgSync for Bryant University.

 STUDENT PRESIDENT’S ADVISORY COUNCIL

Comprised of the presidents of all recognized student organizations and chaired by the Vice President of Clubs and Organizations of the Student Senate, SPAC provides an intermediary communication link between the Student Senate and all clubs/student organizations. It serves as a reliable source for distributing information and sponsoring workshops, seminars concerning budgets, student policies, fundraisers and other related topics.

Club Sports and non-SIF funded student organizations are exempt for attending SPAC.

STUDENT ORGANIZATION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

 STUDENT ORGANIZATION FINANCES

Student organizations requesting funding from the University may do so through the Student Senate Ways & Means committee each spring semester for the upcoming fiscal year. All funds for student clubs and organizations must be kept within the University’s budgetary system; no off-campus accounts will be permitted.  Expenditure of these funds is subject to State, University and Student Senate Ways & Means guidelines and procedures.

POLICIES GOVERNING CAMPUS ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

All student planned activities, including fund-raising events, held on Bryant University property must be approved by the Office of Campus Engagement or Athletics (club sports). Although the general policy holds, separate guidelines exist regarding activities held in the Townhouses, Residence Halls, and the Fisher Student Center. The specific policies can be obtained from the administrators responsible for those areas.  More detailed general policies may be obtained from the Office of Campus Engagement.  Please refer to the Resource Guide for Student Clubs and Organizations on OrgSync.

  1. Conditions for Approval for an Event:
    • Assurance that all University regulations, local, state and federal laws concerning fire and safety regulations, necessary security, and conduct will be followed.
    • Indication that the activity is consistent with the purposes and constitution of the sponsoring organization.
    • Availability of financial resources on the part of the sponsoring organization if the event is a financial failure or if property damage is incurred.
    • Assurance that no group or individual will accrue private financial gain from sponsorship of the event.
  2. Damage/Theft Responsibility: It is the responsibility of the sponsor(s) for any damage, theft, and/or abuse of facilities immediately before, during and after the event.
  3. Facility Cleanup: It is the responsibility of the sponsor(s) to leave the facility in a satisfactory condition, as determined by the University, after each event.
  4. Financial Responsibility: The sponsor(s) assumes complete financial responsibility for any damage, theft, and/or abuse of the facilities immediately before, during, and after each event.
  5. Fees: Appropriate fees will be assessed for rental, services, and maintenance.
  6. Activities Sponsored By Outside Groups: Events must be related to the general mission and function of the University or be a community service function. These events will generally not be held while the University is in session. Coordination for outside groups is through the Conference Office (401-232-6921).

SCHEDULING ACTIVITIES

  1. Any recognized student organization wishing to sponsor activities which require the use of University facilities must initiate its request in the Office of Campus Engagement.
  2. Any office or department wishing to sponsor activities which require the use of University facilities must initiate its request with the Central Scheduling or with the Fisher Student Center Scheduling Office if the event is to be held in the Fisher Student Center.
  3. Activities requiring set-ups (tables, staging, and/or Facilities staff) must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks (10 working days) prior to the event. This will be strictly enforced.
  4. The authority of determining the availability of space rests with the Central Scheduling Coordinator and the Fisher Student Center Scheduling Office.
  5. If the dining areas are desired and/or food is needed, the sponsoring group is responsible for making all necessary arrangements with dining services at least two weeks (10 working days) in advance.
  6. If it becomes necessary for the sponsoring group to cancel an activity, it is their responsibility to notify the Central Scheduling Coordinator or the Fisher Student Center Scheduling Office immediately. Otherwise, the sponsor may be charged for the expenses incurred in preparing for the activity.

UNIVERSITY POLICY ON TRIPS

  1. Private or commercial trips may not be advertised in University facilities or on bulletin boards without the permission of the Associate Dean/Director of Campus Engagement or the Director of Residence Life. Advertising flyers may not be placed under residence hall doors or on car windshields.
  2. Recognized student organizations (RSO) may use the University facilities and bulletin boards to advertise trips. However, the University does not imply its sponsorship of such trips by allowing the use of its facilities for advertisement purposes only.
  3. Recognized Student organization trips are registered by the Office of Campus Engagement, Office of Residence Life, Department of Athletics, or other appropriate University office.
  4. Students have no authority to contract for trips or travel arrangements on behalf of Bryant University. The Associate Dean/Director of Campus Engagement, Director of Residence Life, and Director of Athletics are the authorized agents of the University in this regard. Trips conducted against this policy by students or recognized student organizations are not considered official University organization travel, and the sponsoring RSO may have some or all of its privileges as an organization revoked. Individual students organizing such unauthorized trips may also be subject to disciplinary action.
  5. RSO advisors must notify the Department of Public Safety of buses coming onto campus to pick up students; specifically indicating time and location of arrival.

POLICY ON DAMAGES TO BRYANT FACILITIES

  1. It is a condition of use of Bryant University facilities that the sponsoring group or organization will be held financially and judicially responsible for any damages that may result from the actions of persons attending that event.
  2. It is the sponsoring organization’s responsibility to take necessary precautions and provide necessary control over its own function so as to prevent damages or other such incidents from occurring. University Public Safety will be used as reinforcement for serious situations.

CAMPUS-WIDE E-MAILS

Requests for announcements are accepted for events sponsored by a Bryant University recognized group or organization. Student organizations may submit a form to the OCE Resource Center to be sent to the student body via OrgSync . Announcements for classes are directed to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Information submitted and the events/announcements themselves must be in accordance with all Bryant University policies and procedures governing student organization functioning and campus-sponsored events.

All submissions are due during the regular academic year by Wednesday and Friday at 12:00 pm, and pending approval from the Office of Campus Engagement staff, will be sent out the following business day (Mondays and Thursdays). Only one e-mail per event or announcement will be sent. For more information contact the Resource Center at oceresourcecenter@bryant.edu.

POSTER, PAINT, AND SIGN POLICY

The following policies have been accepted by the Bryant University Student Senate and the Office of Campus Engagement. All clubs, organizations, and departments are advised to follow these policies:

  1. Only currently recognized Bryant University student organizations or departments may post posters and signs in the Unistructure and Residence Halls (see Fisher Student Center policy for specific rules relating to that facility).
  2. Posters and signs in the Unistructure may be displayed in enclosed bulletin boards (not departmental). To advertise in the residence halls, posters must be submitted to the Office of Residence Life a minimum of one week prior to your event. Residence Life staff will review the posters, and if approved, submitting group/organization will then be allowed to post them in designated areas within the residence halls. Outdated posters will be removed on a daily basis.
  3. Posters and signs must bear the name of the sponsoring organization or department. In addition, they cannot advertise alcohol as the major focus of the sign or event.
  4. Any signs placed on classroom bulletin boards may not overhang the board, and only one sign per classroom bulletin board is permitted. The maximum number posted for any event is two per bulletin board.
  5. A poster making machine is available in the student organization resource area (third floor of the Fisher Student Center) for use by all recognized student organizations and clubs.
  6. Sidewalk chalking is not permissible on brick walkways; it is permissible on other walkways. If you have any questions about where chalking is permissible, stop by the Office of Campus Engagement.
  7. Off-campus groups must receive permission from the Associate Dean/Director of the Office of Campus Engagement or his/her designee to advertise their event(s) on campus. This permission will be given if the event(s) is/are in support of the aims of the University.
  8. Failure to abide by the guidelines in this policy will necessitate immediate removal of unauthorized posters and signs.       Anyone found guilty of removing posters, unless authorized by the Office of Campus Engagement or the sponsoring organization is subject to campus discipline. Violations may be referred to Community Standards.

STUDENT OFFICES AND ORGANIZATIONS

The Fisher Student Center houses most of the major student organizations on campus.

These include:

The Archway – The student-run newspaper provides coverage of campus events, sports, entertainment features and expressions of student opinion. The Archway is distributed in newsstands throughout the Unistructure and the Fisher Student Center. The Archway welcomes submissions and letters to the editor. Submissions can be dropped off at the Archway Office on the third floor of the Fisher Student Center. The Archway’s full editorial policy can be found in any issue.

Community Service Office – The mission of the Community Service Office is to enrich learning and foster community building at Bryant University. Our aim is to engage the campus in opportunities to enhance the quality of life for others and themselves through volunteerism, philanthropy, and activism/awareness.

The Commuter H.U.B. – This student organization serves as an informal educational and social service to the commuting students. Its role is to become the link of communication between all commuters and the rest of the University.

Greek Life office – This office oversees the executive boards representing the leadership from the Panhellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council. It offers programming, philanthropy, and community events to unite the Greek community as a whole.

International Student Organization – This diverse group is open to all Bryant students in order to promote social and cultural interaction among members of the University. The club holds both cultural and social activities and functions.

Ledger – The University yearbook provides a pictorial retrospective on the Bryant school year and coverage of graduating seniors, sports, and activities.

Multicultural Student Union – This organization serves as a representative body for students from many ethnic backgrounds. It strives to improve the quality of life at Bryant by educating the community about other cultures.

Student Programming Board – The Student Programming Board is responsible for programming a variety of social, cultural, educational and recreational activities for the entire Bryant community. The organization’s primary goal is to enhance campus life through the presentation of quality and diverse entertainment. SPB is the center of student entertainment and is responsible for planning and sponsoring the following types of activities:

  • on-campus movies
  • bands
  • comedy shows
  • cultural event
  • lectures
  • theme weekends
  • novelty programs
  • concerts
  • trips

Student Senate – The Bryant University Student Senate is the governing body for all students and most student organizations and clubs, and serves as a channel of communication between the student body and the faculty and administration of the University. The Student Senate provides a spectrum of services and activities to the Bryant community. It is comprised of numerous committees to examine the issues and needs of students, and strives to initiate action to meet these needs. In addition, the Student Senate, through the Student Involvement Fee (SIF) Oversight Board, and Ways and Means Committee, shares responsibility with the University for allocating and monitoring the student involvement fee (SIF) paid by all full time undergraduate students.

FISHER STUDENT CENTER (FSC)

Location:         Center of Campus

Phone:             401-232-6245

Website:           www.bryant.edu/oce

Hours of Operation (School Year):

Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 1am

Saturday: 10am – 1am

Sunday: 10am – 1am

Hours of Operation (Summer, Winter, and Spring Breaks):

Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5pm

Saturday: 10am – 2pm

Sunday: Closed

The Fisher Student Center complements the academic experience through a variety of cultural, educational, social and co-curricular programs and partnerships, thereby fostering a sense of community that enhances the University’s mission and goals.

The offices located in the Fisher Student Center include:

Office of Campus Engagement, PWC Center for Diversity and Inclusion, which comprises the Intercultural Center, Gertrude Meth Hochberg Women’s Center, Pride Center, Interfaith Center and Campus Ministries.

MEETINGS & EVENTS

The Fisher Student Center has eight different meeting rooms located throughout the building and ranging in size from a twelve person conference room to a two hundred fifty twenty seat meeting room.  Please refer to the Fisher Student Center Meetings and Events Resource Guide at http://tinyurl.com/fscevents or Office of Campus Engagement website at http://www.bryant.edu/student-life/campus-engagement-and-student-involvement/ for additional information.

The Fisher Student Center gives space reservation priority to recognized student organizations seven days a week from 2:00pm to 11:00pm. However, we do allow limited requests of space for academic classes or class -related seminar/workshops/presentations.  Organizations which hold regular weekly meetings may apply to the Office the Campus Engagement Scheduling Center for meeting space each spring.  Reservations will remain in effect for a full year unless groups do not adhere to Fisher Student Center policies.  It is the responsibility of the individuals who reserved the meeting room to be sure the room is cleaned before they leave.

To schedule a meeting or an event in the Fisher Student Center, student organizations should submit a request using 25Live (www.25Live.bryant.edu) or contact the Scheduling Coordinator at 401-232-6117.

INFORMATION CENTER

Location:         Fisher Student Center, 1st Floor

Phone:             401-232-6245

Normal Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 11pm

Saturday: 12pm – 10pm

Sunday: 12pm – 11pm

  • Scheduling Center for the FSC, Interfaith Centers, Hall 17 Conference Room, and the Event Coordinator staff
  • Purchase tickets for campus events, discount movie passes, stamps and newspaper
  • Laptop chargers are available on loan
  • Copy center/print booth, to print papers, bind reports or fax/scan documents
  • ID card photos and pickup
  • Transportation services information

ID CARD

The Fisher Student Center is responsible for producing all Bryant University ID Cards at the Information Center.

In addition to being used for identification, your Bryant ID is used throughout the campus for admission to Salmanson dining hall, the library, the residence halls, and fitness center.  It is also encoded with information regarding your meal plan information and Bulldog Bucks balance and will allow you to ride RIPTA (Bus line) for free.

By depositing money into your Bulldog Bucks account, the Bryant ID can be used for making purchases at all retail establishments on campus. Bulldog Bucks can be purchased in the Auxiliary Services Office, located on the 2nd floor of the Unistructure, or by calling Auxiliary Services at 401-232-6035.  Bulldog Bucks can also be purchased online at www.bryant.edu/getfunds.

Students are required to carry their ID card with them at all times on campus and, upon request, must provide it to university officials.

A replacement card can be obtained from the Information Center located on the 1st floor of the Fisher Student Center.  Lost/Stolen or damaged cards will incur a $25 charge to your Bursar Account.

ATMs

Located on first and second floors of the Fisher Student Center, operated by Santander Bank and Navigant Credit Union.  There is also a change machine located in the vending area on the second floor.  Other ATMs are in the Unistructure (Bank of America).

TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS

Bryant Transit Authority (BTA) – The Office of Campus Engagement coordinates a shuttle service seven days a week to and from the Lincoln Mall, the Providence Place Mall, Kennedy Plaza, and the train and bus stations, for a nominal fee. Trips to T.F. Green airport are scheduled during breaks and holidays. Schedules are available at the Information Center or online at www.bryant.edu/bta

RIPTA – Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority is a public transit system which runs to and from Bryant to downtown Providence, seven days a week, year round.  Schedules are available at the Information Center or online at www.ripta.com. This service is free to students and the pickup/dropoff is located at the Chace Center Circle.

Zipcar at Bryant – Zipcars are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year round.  Gas and insurance are included with every reservation.  You must be 18+ years old to sign up and Zipcar accepts all international licenses. Join at www.zipcar.com/bryant for only $25.

FISHER STUDENT CENTER DINING OPTIONS

The Fisher Student Center dining services are located on the first floor of the building. The food options are operated by national franchises and the campus dining services vendor.

Dunkin Donuts Coffee & doughnut shop 401-531-6675
The Scoop Ice cream & convenience store 401-232-6133
Nick’s Place Sandwiches, wraps, calzones, pizza, salads, and grilled items 401-232-6584
Subway sub and sandwich shop 401-232-6310
Vending machines 2nd Floor FSC: snack foods and drinks

BRYANT UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE

Location:         Fisher Student Center, 2nd Floor

Phone:             401-232-6240

Website:           http://www.bkstr.com/bryantstore/home

Hours of Operation (school year):

Monday to Thursday: 8:30am to 6:30pm

Friday: 8:30am to 4:00pm

Saturday: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

The Bookstore provides all required textbooks and school supplies. Textbooks are available for sale and on a rental basis and are repurchased from students throughout the year.  The bookstore also offers imprinted clothing and gifts, health and beauty aids, greeting cards, novelties, general books, magazines, newspapers and alumni products. Services include class ring orders, personal book orders, and special orders of imprinted merchandise.

For on-line textbook ordering and merchandise, the website is www.bryant.bkstr.com or www.efollett.com.

FISHER ADVISORY BOARD

The Fisher Advisory Board (FAB) enhances the environment of our campus living room through partnerships, services and best student union practices. FAB shall execute this under the authority of the power granted to this organization through student representation on FAB and the appointment of professional staff and vendors, in addition to support from the University Community. FAB is responsible for providing a diverse range of programming that will encourage student engagement and sense of belonging, in addition to evaluating building operations and making recommendations on policy, coordination of meetings and events, and the student employee program.

FISHER STUDENT CENTER GENERAL POLICIES

Advertising/Display Cases/Window Decorating – Advertising in the FSC is managed by the Office of Campus Engagement.  Poster displays, electronic messaging boards, and table cards are available throughout the building.  Please refer to the Office of Campus Engagement website for additional information. For Table Top Display information, please refer to form on OrgSync: https://orgsync.com/100806/forms/129019. To request a window(s) to decorate, please complete the following form on Orgsync at least 3 days in advance of the event: https://orgsync.com/100806/forms/200683

Alcohol – Alcohol cannot be brought into the FSC.  Alcohol will be served in the FSC only through University Dining Services.

Dress – In accordance with health safety requirement regulations for public buildings, shirts and shoes are required to be worn in all areas of the building.

Pets – The FSC does not permit animals (except service dogs) in the facility and will conform to state and local guidelines.  Tupper exemption!

Posting Policy – Paper flyers, advertisements, or signage is strictly prohibited from being hung in the Fisher Student Center and will be removed and discarded of immediately. Student Organizations and University Departments can request to put 8×11 or 11×17 flyers or posters in the various display cases throughout the FSC. These postings should be brought to the Office of Campus Engagement Operations Office on Monday – Friday between 8:30am – 4:30pm. Postings for specific events will be put up 10 days prior to the event and will be taken down the day following the event. Postings with general information will be put up a maximum of 10 days.

Razor scooters, bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, roller blades and other disruptive or potentially damaging items or behavior are not to be operated inside the building, only carried.

Selling and Solicitation – The FSC adheres to and enforces the University solicitation policy.  No outside solicitation can occur unless sponsored and/or authorized by a University official.

Smoking – Smoking is governed by state regulations and campus policy, is prohibited in the FSC, and within fifty feet of entrances.

Variances – Variances to policies will be granted only in extraordinary circumstances that further the mission of the University and the FSC. Approval will be granted by the Office of Campus Engagement.

Request for variances of FSC Policy should be submitted at the time of requesting space to the Office of Campus Engagement Communication & Scheduling Coordinator at the Information Center three (3) weeks prior to the program date.  Additional costs associated with variances are the responsibility of the requester.

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Summer Housing

Summer Housing Policy

POLICY ON STUDENT EMPLOYEE SUMMER HOUSING APPLICATION

Each year University departments or campus-based contracted auxiliary services submit applications for student employees to live on campus in resident facilities during the summer.  The applications should address the University’s need for the student’s position, the need for the particular student(s), and the reason that the student needs to be housed on campus for the summer.  Applications must be received by the Director of Residence Life in early May. Residence Life will collect the requests for Student Employee Summer Housing. The position must be full-time and based on the Bryant campus.

  1. The student must be in good social standing with no history of Bryant Residence Hall or Disciplinary Probation.
  2. The student must live far enough away to make commuting impossible or impractical.
  3. The need for the position, the particular student, and housing must be clearly seen as being in the University’s best interest.

Housing Cost

The student’s housing cost and meal plan will be recharged to the specific Bryant department employing the student.  The cost will be determined annually.  The student’s weekday meals will be billed weekly to the specific department.

Cleaning

Students living on campus under employee arrangements must clean their rooms thoroughly.  Essentially, the rooms should be ready for fall occupancy and require no custodial service at summer’s end.

Residence Hall Policies

Students must comply with all University/Residence Hall policies and procedures during the summer period. Failure to do so will necessitate an immediate review of his/her privilege to reside on campus.