Academic Affairs

Academic excellence is a hallmark of Bryant University. Excellence is embodied in the teaching and research of the faculty and in the accomplishments of our students.

The Office of the Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer provides oversight and direction for all educational programs at Bryant University, which include undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as extension programs. These include continuing education and programs for executive development that serve the business community.

Administration

Richard Joseph, M. Litt., J.D. Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer

David S. Lux, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Wendy Samter, Ph.D., Associate Dean College of Arts and Sciences

V.K. Unni, D.B.A, Dean, College of Business

Madan Annavarjula, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Business

Academic Calendar

Please click below for the Bryant University Academic Calendars and Final Exam Schedule.

Academic Calendars

Final Exam Schedule

Final Examinations Schedule and Policies:

Final examination and the scheduling of them are key aspects to the completion of a successful course. All faculty are expected to meet their class for an examination or substantive class exercise during the scheduled exam period unless they have received the approval for other plan of action from their respective chair and dean. Comprehensive examination may not be administered during the last week of regularly scheduled classes. Scheduled starting times for exams should be strictly adhered to. Further, during the last regularly scheduled week of classes, faculty members are expected to confine their class activities to the regularly assigned class times unless other arrangements have been cleared with the chair of the department.

University policy currently requires all grades to be submitted within one week of the final examination period for a course, or the last examination in the case of a multiple section course. In the case of graduating seniors, grades must be submitted no later than seventy-two (72) hours prior to Commencement.

Awarding of Degrees

Undergraduate and graduate degrees are awarded after degree candidates have been certified. To be eligible for a degree, a student must have completed the required number and distribution of courses and grade point average requirements for the intended degree; and, students must have met all financial and other obligations to the University.

Awards

The Achievement in Creative Expression Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has achieved excellence in creative expression, as demonstrated in the written, performance, film, fine or applied arts.

The Anna M. & Jere St. Angelo ‘61 Accounting Award (2): These awards are presented to two graduating seniors in accounting who have demonstrated a high level of achievement, are in the top 10 percent of their class, are residents of an urban area, and will enter a career in public accounting.

Athletics Department Awards (2)

The Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award: This award is presented to the female senior student-athlete with the highest overall grade point average.

The Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award: This award is presented to the male senior student-athlete with the highest overall grade point average.

The Bryant University Good Citizenship Award : This award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated the qualities of sincerity and vigorous industry in the interest of good citizenship and who has, by example, furthered better government both on and off campus.

The Bryant University Scholar Award: This award is presented to the graduating senior(s) who have published, or have had an article accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal while at Bryant.

The Communication Department Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement and exceptional competency in all of the contemporary communication arts.

The Computer Information Systems Department Award: This award is presented annually to a graduating senior with a concentration in computer information systems who has excelled academically, enriched his or her computer information systems education through meaningful work experience, and demonstrated an unselfish attitude toward others through active involvement in organizations, clubs, or events.

The Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key: This award is presented to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative academic average toward a degree in business administration or economics.

The Environmental Science Leadership Award: This award is presented to an outstanding graduating senior in environmental science who has excelled in the classroom and laboratory, exhibited leadership in initiatives for improving sustainability at the University, and shown potential for valuable contributions to the environmental field.

The Excellence in Applied Psychology Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement in the study of applied psychology.

The Excellence in Biology Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior in biology who has exhibited excellence in the classroom and research laboratory, shown care and concern about world health problems, and demonstrated a potential for outstanding contributions in the field of biological science.

The Excellence in Economics Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior with the highest grade point average in the major.

The Excellence in Marketing Award: This award is given to a student graduating with a concentration in marketing who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship and leadership in marketing, and made significant contributions to the Bryant community and the marketing program.

The George J. Kelley Award : This award is presented to a graduating senior who has completed at least 102 credits (including study abroad credits) while at Bryant and is recognized and honored for having the highest cumulative grade point average at the end of the fall semester

The George M. Parks Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior whose recognized leadership qualities have significantly enhanced the reputation of the University.

The History / Social Sciences Department Awards:

Global Studies Award, Legal Studies Award, Political Science Award, and Sociology Award: These awards are presented to graduating seniors for their outstanding achievement in the study of global studies, legal studies, political science, and sociology.

The Jack H. Rubens Leadership in Finance Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding performance in academics, service to the finance department, and enthusiasm and leadership in extracurricular activities related to finance.

The Jack H. Rubens Leadership in Financial Services Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding performance in academics, service to the finance department, and enthusiasm and leadership in extracurricular activities related to financial services.

The Jeremiah Clark Barber Award : This award is presented to the graduating senior who has shown the most consistent academic improvement resulting in Dean’s list recognition.

The John Hancock Insurance Company Award (2) : This award is presented to two graduating seniors who have demonstrated superior achievement in the study of actuarial mathematics.

The Kappa Tau Brotherhood Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has exhibited outstanding brotherhood/sisterhood and leadership in promoting policies beneficial to the University and the entire student body. The award is given by the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.

The Leander Francis Emin Endowed Homestead Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has achieved scholastic excellence in accounting. It was inaugurated by the family of Leander Francis Emin, Bryant alumnus of the class of 1907, to honor his memory and his birthplace and home – the 1708 House and the entire Emin homestead, farm, and airport – which became the campus of his alma mater.

The Literary and Cultural Studies Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement in, and a strong commitment to, the study of literature and cultural studies.

The Modern Languages Department Award: This award is presented to a graduate with exceptional competency in the study of a language other than English.

The Pell Medal for United States History Award: The medal is presented to a graduating senior who has displayed excellence in the study of United States history. The late Honorable Claiborne de Borda Pell created this medal to honor the memory of his father, the late Herbert C. Pell, statesman and diplomat, who served the United States as Ambassador to Hungary and Minister to Portugal.

The President’s List Sash: This sash is worn by the graduating senior(s) who have achieved President’s list distinction (4.0 grade point average) every semester while at Bryant.

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Achievement Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has excelled in military science studies and other courses, and who has shown superior leadership potential in the military science program and in extracurricular activities.

The Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who, in the opinion of the accounting faculty, has demonstrated excellence in accounting studies and intends to pursue a career in public accounting.

The Roger W. Babson Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who is distinguished within the University community for his or her character, orderly mind, sound judgment, and systematic business habits.

The SAS Institute Award (2) : This award is presented to two bachelor’s degree candidates who have demonstrated superior achievement in the study of applied mathematics and statistics and have successfully completed coursework involving the application of SAS statistical software in their data analysis.

The Student Senate Service Award (6): This award is presented to six deserving graduating seniors in recognition of their outstanding service to the student body of Bryant University. The recipients are selected by the Student Senate Service Awards Committee.

The Target Corporation Management Department Commencement Award for Excellence in Human Resources Management (3): This award recognizes three graduating seniors with a Concentration/Major in Human Resources Management (HRM). These individuals have demonstrated academic excellence in HRM, active engagement with Human Resources practitioners, and a passion for a career in the profession.

Student Charge : – The Student Charge is delivered by a graduating senior who is selected from a pool of applicants.

Honors

Special recognition is accorded to undergraduate students who show distinction in academic achievement. Honors may be awarded on the basis of cumulative averages, as follows: Cum Laude (3.30), Magna Cum Laude (3.55), and Summa Cum Laude (3.80). Students must have completed 60 semester hours of work at Bryant University to be eligible for honors. Graduate students must attain a grade point average of 3.75 or better to graduate with honors.

Ceremony

Commencement ceremonies honor certified graduates and candidates for degrees who have been scheduled to complete course work by the end of the academic year (July 31). Diplomas are issued after grade reports are completed and candidates are fully certified. Graduation honors noted on the Commencement program are based on cumulative records as of the end of the fall semester; honors recorded on the diploma are based on finalized cumulative averages.

Byrant Symbols

The Harriet C. Jacobs Memorial Mace
Carried at Commencement and other University convocations, the mace is crowned in gold and bears the two dominant symbols of the institution: the seal of the State of Rhode Island and the seal of Bryant University. The mace was donated by E. Gardner Jacobs and his sister, Mrs. Dorothy J. Lederer, in memory of their mother, Harriet C. Jacobs.

The Bryant Seal
The Bryant seal represents the educational mission of the University and its worldwide implications. The central symbol is an ellipsoid globe with quills on each side to signify the traditional emblem of communication in business. In the center, behind the globe, is a torch that reflects liberty, the spirit of free inquiry, academic freedom, and learning. The Archway, forming the background for the globe, torch, and quills, is a University landmark affectionately remembered by thousands of alumni. The Latin motto expresses the purpose of the University: Cognitio – Virtus – Successus – “Knowledge – Character – Success.” The seal recognizes the achievements of the faculty in their pursuit of educational excellence.

Executive Development Center

In today’s challenging global economy where the most valuable asset is your knowledge, education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity – it’s is a prerequisite .

Bryant’s Executive Development Center offers professional and business certificates and courses that provide high-level management skills in critical business areas. We work with you or your company to select the best program to meet your educational needs. Courses and certificate programs are designed for emerging leaders, managers and those high potential, career aspiring individuals and growth focused companies.

Trends in Contemporary Learning : As the economy continues to recover, companies need employees who can think critically, successfully manage change, and apply new skills using more complex technologies. Simultaneously, organizations must continue to improve the way they do business, retain and manage their talent pool, and apply new best practice models quickly in order to remain competitive and sustainable.

Adapting to Change: We know that change is constant. As a result, the need for a knowledgeable workforce – one that is best prepared to compete in this economy –is in demand. Acquiring new knowledge, learning new skills and applying new techniques can help you master the challenges of change and enable you to be more effective and innovative. Increased competence improves confidence, and begins when you take the first step, investing in your education or that of your department, team or organization.

Courses Available Online: All EDC courses are also available online via our e-learning management system.

Successful Adult Learning Methodology: We know how adults learn. Our courses are taught by subject matter experts with a focus on value-based knowledge retention and adult learning methods, using best practice models in a highly interactive environment. Blending a consultative and academic framework ensures that you will learn the what, why and how to apply what you have learned quickly.

Corporate Partners in Education : We work with organizations, large and small to select the best program, duration and frequency of delivery, to meet your needs and budget. From a ½ day workshop to a certificate program, we can deliver your program onsite at your desired location, on campus or online through our e-learning management system. We can create a customized program or tailor an existing “off the shelf” program.

Government Partners in Education: Individuals and Companies can apply for State and Federal training grants. We are an approved provider and partner of the state’s workforce development agency (RI and Massachusetts), RI Board of Higher Education-Veterans’ Education Committee, and a member of the Governors Workforce Board/Employers Assistance Committee.

National Certification Partners : Certificate programs that can lead to designations are registered with national and international certifying organizations. As an Authorized Registered Education Provider we teach to a body of knowledge and satisfy the educational requirements for certification in these as well as other specialty areas of career focus.

Certificates include:

  • Leaderhip Mastery
  • Business Management
  • Business Analysis (IIBA)
  • Business Analytics (CBIP)
  • Business Continuity Planning (CBCP)
  • Business Process Management (CBPP)
  • Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Financial Planning (CFP)
  • Healthcare Quality Professional
  • Human Resources Management (PHR/SPHR) (SHRM/HRCI)
  • Microsoft (MS) Office Tools, Microsoft (MS) Project
  • Portfolio Management (PMI)
  • Project Management and Agile PM (PMI)
  • Project Mangement Masters’ Certificate (PMI)
  • Six Sigma and Lean Practices (ASQ)
  • Supply Chain Management (APICS, ISM)
  • Virtual Teams: Professional and Manager

Work, Life Balance: 3 Ways to Learn. Courses are available online, via our e-learning management system, on campus or onsite for groups or choose a blended approach. Select your areas of interest or focus then decide how you want to learn.

We offer discounts for our programs to individual Bryant employees and departments, interested in group training.

Learn and earn a certificate or prepare for certification – your competitive advantage. The path to knowledge is yours to choose. We offer courses and certificates with formats that afford you the flexibility to choose how you learn.

Executive Development Contacts:

Annette Cerilli, Director

Paul Dacey, Assistant Director, Programs

Amy Hanson, Assistant Director, Corporate Programs

Ethel Kennedy, Marketing Assistant

Sandra DeCotis, Program Coordinator

Margaret O’Donnell, Program Coordinator

Adriana Kukon-Croon, Program Sales Associate

Philip Primeau, e-learning Program Coordinator

Undergraduate Grading Plan

Grading Plan
The grading plan is determined by the instructor in each course and must be announced to the class at the beginning of the semester. The plan must meet the following criteria:

  1. In one of the first three class meetings, the instructor must provide students with complete evaluation criteria to be used in a course — preferably in writing.
  2. Usually a minimum of three evaluation criteria are required for each course.
  3. A syllabus course outline should be provided for each course. Each instructor is to provide copy of such syllabi to the department chair at the outset of each semester.
  4. The plan should keep the student reasonably current as to her/his standing in the class. Every effort should be made to return graded tests within one week.
  5. The conditions under which final examinations are optional or required and their weighting must be specified.
  6. The attendance requirement and the effect of failing to meet this criterion must be specified.
  7. Final grades will be submitted by the faculty member within one week of the final examination of a course, or the last such examination in the case of a multiple section course.

Grade Replacement Policy and Procedure

Undergraduate Grade Replacement Policy and Procedure
Policy
Undergraduate students may have the option of replacing a grade in a course by retaking the course. Note the following conditions:

  1. For any one course, this grade replacement option may be used once. Also, credit for a repeated course may be used only once.
  2. This policy can be applied to a maximum of four different courses.
  3. For purposes of GPA calculation, the grade earned during the first course enrollment will stand until the recording of the final grade in the second enrollment is completed. When the second enrollment is completed, the grade for that second enrollment will become the grade used in all GPA calculations, regardless of whether the grade earned is higher or lower than the grade obtained during the first enrollment.
  4. The transcript will record both course enrollments and the grade earned in each enrollment. The first attempt will be marked with an X to indicate grade replacement (e.g., XF, XD, XC).
  5. In the case of multiple attempts to achieve a passing grade in any one course, the X grade will apply only to the first attempt. The grades from all other attempts will be included in GPA calculations.
  6. Students will not be allowed to apply the grade replacement policy to a course in which there has been documented academic dishonesty that has not been reversed on appeal.
  7. The grade from the first attempt will continue to stand for those students who withdraw with a W or WP grade from the course during the second attempt. The grade for withdrawing with a WF during the second attempt will be an F for the course. Any type of withdrawal will count as one of the four allowed attempts.

Procedure
Petitions are made to the Undergraduate Advising Office. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor before making a petition.

Petitions must be made by the last day of the add/drop period of the semester in which the course will be repeated.

Grade Reports

Grade Reports
All final grades will be submitted within five (5) working days of the class’s final examination. Final grades for graduating seniors will be submitted no later than 72 hours (3 days) prior to Commencement. Students can access and view their grades on the Banner Web site.

Errors in final grades should be reported to the Office of the Registrar within two weeks of the end of the semester. Transcripts of grades are released only upon a written request from the student, and may be requested, for a fee, in the Office of the Registrar*. Students who believe their work has been unfairly evaluated may request a review of their final grade by completing and submitting the appropriate form in the Office of the Registrar.

*Note: FERPA does not require a University to issue a grade report, a transcript and/or diploma to students who are in default on obligations (such as library late fees, tuition, parking fines, etc.) owed to the University.

Credit Hour
As an institution of higher education, Bryant University holds the responsibility for determining and upholding standards related to the awarding of credit hours for student work consistent with national standards.

  • One hour (50 minutes) of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester.
  • A least an equivalent amount of work as required outlined above for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work relating to the award of credit hours.

Bryant University ensures a minimum of 750 minutes of instruction per credit hour (2,250 minutes of instruction for a standard, three-hour course), regardless of mode of delivery. Winter and Summer sessions offer accelerated courses, and the schedule is adjusted to meet the above standard.

Grading System

Undergraduate Grading System
The grading system is as follows:

A (Excellent) 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B (Good) 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C (Satisfactory) 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D (Unsatisfactory) 1.0
P (Pass) 0.0
F (Fail) 0.0
AU (Audit) 0.0
I (Failure to complete ) 0.0

AU – Audit grade is not included in GPA calculation

I – Incomplete (because of extenuating circumstances, the instructor has allowed additional time, usually two weeks, to complete the course.) The Incomplete is not included in calculating the GPA. If the Incomplete is not finished before the end of the next regular term (i.e., Fall or Spring terms), the grade will automatically be converted to an F. For purposes of this policy, “end of the next regular term” shall be interpreted to mean the last date on which that instructor’s grades must be submitted.

W – Withdrawn within first 10 weeks of semester – no academic penalty.

WP – At the discretion of the faculty member, student is allowed to withdraw without penalty after the tenth (10th) week of classes and prior to the administration of the final exam.

WF – At the discretion of the faculty member, student is allowed to withdraw WITH academic penalty (failing grade) after the tenth (10th) week of classes and prior to the administration of the final exam.

NA – In those cases where the instructor fails to meet the deadline date for submission of grades, the grade report will reflect the symbol “NA” which means “not available at time of processing of grade reports.” Student must check with instructor for grade.

WD – Student is allowed to withdraw from semester without penalty up to and including the tenth (10th) week of classes.

All courses attempted at Bryant University are permanently recorded and appropriately calculated in the grade point average.

FERPA (Privacy Rights of Students)

FERPA
Privacy Rights of Students

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), an individual enrolled at Bryant University is listed as an eligible student and any rights previously accorded to parents under the Act are transferred to the student.

Information contained in the educational record of the student may not be released without the student’s written consent, except as indicated in the Act.

1. The Bryant University student has the right to inspect and review those records, files, documents, and other materials that contain information directly related to the student and which are maintained by the University, but with the following exceptions:

1.1 Records of institutional, supervisory, and administrative personnel, and educational personnel that are in the sole possession of the maker, and that are not accessible or revealed to any other person except a substitute.

1.2 Records that are created or maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other recognized professional or paraprofessional.

1.3 Confidential letters and statements of recommendation that were placed in the educational records prior to January 1, 1975.

1.4 Records maintained solely for law enforcement purposes.

1.5 Parents’ financial records and related parental financial information.

2. Who has access to records:

2.1 The student (former or present) upon presentation of proper identification.

2.2 Other University officials, including faculty within the University or local educational agencies who have been determined by the responsible official to have legitimate educational interest.

2.3 Officials of other schools in which the student seeks to enroll, upon condition that the student is aware of the transfer, receive a copy of the record if desired, pays the appropriate fee, and has the opportunity to challenge the content of the record.

2.4 Authorized government officials as described in the Act.

2.5 Authorities to whom request for financial aid has been made.

2.6 State and local officials or authorities specifically required by the Act.

2.7 Authorized organizations conducting studies on behalf of educational agencies, provided such studies do not disclose personally identifiable materials.

2.8 Accrediting organizations.

2.9 Parents of a dependent student as defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

2.10 Authorized persons, if the knowledge of such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons.

2.11 Compliance with judicial order or subpoena – the student is to be notified in advance of compliance.

3. Other than the routine in-office use of the record, the purpose for requesting access must be indicated.

4. The University maintains records in many media including but not limited to handwriting, print, tapes, microfilm, microfiche, and computer disks.

5. Policy on Review, Appeal, and Expungency of Record:

5.1 Upon receipt of a written request to review the record, an appointment will be arranged.

5.2 In the event that some item is challenged by the student, an appeal may be made, described by the particular office (e.g., in the case of an academic item, after meeting with the appropriate academic Dean, the matter may be pursued to the University Committee on Scholastic Standing for its recommendation to the Interim Provost).

5.3 A favorable decision on the appeal would result in the item being expunged.

6. Copies of Records:

6.1 The student, upon payment of a $5 fee per item ($10 for a faxed copy), may obtain a copy of his or her academic transcript generated by the University.

6.2 Copies of records generated from other institutions must be secured from such institutions subject to their policies.

7. Student Directory Information:

7.1 Name, address, e-mail address, telephone listing, date, and place of birth.

7.2 Major field of study and class schedule.

7.3 Participation in officially recognized activities and sports, including weight and height of members of athletic teams.

7.4 Dates of attendance.

7.5 Distinguished academic performance, degrees and awards received, including dates.

7.6 Most recent previous educational agency or institution attended.

7.7 Photographic view or electronic images.

7.8 Unless the student requests to the contrary, all of the above directory information will be published by the University as appropriate. A request not to publish must be made annually in writing to the Office of the Registrar within two weeks of the start of the fall semester.

8. The privacy of Bryant students and their parents is protected under the authority of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-380) as amended (P.L.93-568), also known as the Buckley Amendment.

9. Waivers:

9.1 The University cannot require eligible students to waive their rights.

9.2 A student may waive the right of access to confidential statements submitted on or after January 1, 1975.

9.2.1 A student has the right to know the names of all persons making confidential recommendations. Such recommendations are used solely for the purpose for which they were intended.

9.2.2 Waivers may not be required as a condition for admission to, receipt of financial aid from, or receipt of any other services or benefits from such agency or institution of the University.

FERPA and Graded Student Work

Policy regarding the return of graded papers, tests, assignments, and projects:

Since the enactment of the FERPA rules on confidentiality, graded papers, exams and projects cannot be left outside of a faculty member’s office for anyone other than the target student to view. Any materials to be handed back to students should be done directly by the professor. Under no circumstances is it permissible for student assistants working in faculty office suites to handle such sensitive materials.

Student Records

Students’ academic records are maintained by the University and are a private matter between the student and the University. Disciplinary records are held separately from academic records and are maintained solely for the use of the University. All disciplinary records are maintained by the Dean of Students. These records are not forwarded outside the University, except with the permission of the student or by judicial order. Academic records are maintained permanently. Access to all records is limited. The guidelines and procedures for gaining access are stated under “Privacy Rights of Students.”

Educational records are maintained as follows:
DOCUMENTS OFFICE CONTACT
Academic Transcripts Office of the Registrar/Academic Records Ms. Claire Senecal
Admission (Applications) Office of Admission Ms. Michelle Cloutier
Alumni Relations Development Office Ms. Robin Warde
Athletics Chace Wellness and Athletic Center Mr. William Smith
Career Services/Placement Amica Center for Career Education Ms. Judith Clare
Counseling Counseling Services Mr. William Phillips
Disciplinary Records Student Affairs/                           Residence Life Dr. John Saddlemire
Tuition/Fees Bursar Ms. Michele Marcarno
Financial Aid Financial Aid Office Mr. John Canning
Health Records Health Services Ms. Susan Curran
Housing Office of Residence Life Mr. John Denio
Immigration Intercultural Center Ms. Kaoru Paganelli
Library Services Douglas and Judith Krupp Library Ms. Mary Moroney
Public Safety Public Safety Office Public Safety Office
Student Academic Records Office of the Registrar Ms. Claire Senecal
Student Advising Records Office of Undergraduate Advising Mr. Aaron Dashiell
Registration Records Office of the Registrar Ms. Susan McLacken

Transcripts

A transcript is only released upon request of the student/ alumni/ae. You can order a transcript (official or unofficial) in three ways:

Option 1: On the internet.

The quickest and most convenient way to request a transcript is through the National Student Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is available 24/7, offers secure transactions, and the ability to track your order.

  • To place an order for your academic transcript, simply log in to the  Clearinghouse secure site(studentclearinghouse.org). Once you place your order you will receive e-mail updates regarding the status of your request.  The processing time for transcripts is 3-5 business days.
  • The site will walk you through placing an order, including delivery options and fees.  You will be charged $5.00 per transcript along with the clearinghouse processing fees.
  • You may order transcripts using any major credit card.  Your card will only be charged after your order has been completed.
  • You may order as many transcripts as you like in a single session. The Clearinghouse will charge a fee per address.

Option 2:  In person.

  • You may complete a transcript request form located in the Office of the Registrar. The payment of $5.00 per copy may be made in cash, by check, or with a major credit card. Your transcript will be mailed within 3-5 days.
  • A Picture I.D. is required to order and pick up transcripts in person.

Option 3:  By mail.

  • You may request your transcript by sending a form/letter along with your $5.00 check or credit card number and expiration date to:

Bryant University – Office of the Registrar

1150 Douglas Pike

Smithfield, RI 02917

  • Please identify yourself completely with your name, ID number, DOB, dates of attendance, and signature.

Please Note:

  • Students are required to clear all financial obligations due to the university and any other transcript “holds” before transcripts are mailed.
  • Official/unofficial transcripts will include all coursework completed at Bryant University.
  • Official/unofficial transcripts will also include Work-In-Progress (currently enrolled classes).
  • In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, records are not released without the written, signed authorization of the student.

Veterans Affairs

Certification of benefits is a service provided by the Veterans Benefit Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar. The office serves as a liaison between the University and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We advise student veterans concerning certain procedural requirements, and certify enrollment of student veterans to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Academic Credit

Advanced Standing
Bryant University awards up to 30 credits for scores of 3 or higher on some of the Advanced Placement (AP) tests available through the University Entrance Examination Board. Each AP exam must be reviewed and approved by Bryant’s Office of Admission. Bryant University will consider granting up to 12 credits for a limited number of subject examinations available through the University Level Examination Program (CLEP). Credit may also be awarded to students who have successfully completed military service schools as qualified by “A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services.” Students who have significant, relevant work experience may also satisfy certain course requirements through departmental testing programs. Challenge exams are available to students who believe they have acquired, through employment and/or individual study, the knowledge and skill that is equivalent to a Bryant University catalog course. To sit for a “challenge examination,” a student must apply through the appropriate department chair and pay the associated fees. There are testing fees associated with several of these advanced placement tests.

Recognizing the strength and quality of the curriculum offered by the International Baccalaureate Program, Bryant University grants advanced standing credit for acceptable higher-level exams with a score of 5, 6, or 7. Bryant awards up to 30 credits based on the particular curriculum requirements.

Business Credit Hours
At least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the business degree must be earned at Bryant University. This statement applies to both the residency requirement and limits on transfer credits.

Credit for Off-campus Courses During Special Sessions
Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors (the last 30 credits must be taken at Bryant) desiring to take courses at another University for transfer into Bryant must get prior written approval from an Academic Advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Office. A course description from the bulletin of the University where the course is to be taken should be presented at the time of the request. Courses that are transferred into Bryant are not calculated into the GPA. Under special circumstances, a full-time student may be permitted to take a course at another institution during the regular semester (except senior year), provided that standards of academic progress are not violated, and that a similar course is not available at Bryant.

Double Major or Concentration
Students in good academic standing may choose to develop a double major or concentration. To do so, the student must satisfy the degree requirements for both majors/concentrations. This may mean that students will need to take courses beyond the 122-hour degree program requirement. Students must complete a “Major/Concentration Declaration Form” for both majors or concentrations.

Dual Degree
At the undergraduate level, students must take the equivalent of a full year of study beyond the first baccalaureate degree to earn the second degree. Eligible students are those students in good standing. An application for pursuing dual degrees must be submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Advising in consultation with an academic advisor by the end of the sophomore year. To be awarded two baccalaureate degrees, the student must satisfy the program requirements for both degrees and complete 30 credit hours beyond the first degree for a minimum total of 152 credits.

Transfer Credit
Upper division courses are not eligible for transfer unless they have been taken at appropriate levels at an acceptable institution, and some business courses are subject to validation examinations. Bryant may accept a maximum of 92 semester hours of credit from a four year institution, and a maximum of 62 semester hours of credit from a two year institution. Only courses equivalent in scope, content, and level with a grade of “C” or better may transfer into Bryant. Students who have reached junior standing (62 credits passed) may not transfer courses from a junior college.

Academic Grievance

Academic Grievance Procedures
Students who have academic grievances are entitled to have their dispute reviewed by a formal and systematic process. The student must initiate the grievance process by obtaining a form in the Office of the Registrar that outlines the steps to be taken for this review. The deadline for students to initiate an academic grievance is the middle of the next regular semester. For purposes of this policy, “middle of the next regular semester” will be interpreted to mean the date that mid-semester grades are due.

After a formal grievance has been filed, the student and the faculty member involved attempt to resolve the dispute. In the event the issue cannot be resolved between the student and professor, the student may subsequently take up the review with the department chair and then the Special Advisor to the Interim Provost. If the issue cannot be resolved by the aforementioned steps, the student may request a hearing with the Undergraduate Academic Grievance Committee.

The Undergraduate Academic Grievance Committee will hold hearings on academic grievances asserted by undergraduate students. The Committee shall meet only when the student has not been able to resolve the grievance through the faculty member, the chairperson, and the Special Advisor to the Interim Provost.  The Committee shall have the authority to make recommendations for disposition of grievances to the Interim Provost, The Interim Provost will consider the recommendation but will not be bound by the recommendation; and his/her decision on the grievance will be final. At each stage in the grievance process, a written record that summarizes each party’s understanding and disposition is expected.

Academic Honesty

Academic Behavior
Fundamental to the dissemination of knowledge is an environment imbued with honor and integrity. Honesty at all times on the part of all community members is essential if the University is to achieve its goal of academic excellence in preparation for business leadership.
A student’s education is the result of his or her initiative and industry. A high standard of conduct in his or her academic experiences is expected. The academic community has a right to expect that students will conduct themselves in ways that are consistent with the highest standards of academic honesty.

Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to:

  • Plagiarism in any form;
  • Copying from another student’s examination, term paper, homework, or lab report;
  • Intentionally missing an exam to gain an unfair advantage;
  • Submitting the same paper or report in more than one course without permission of the instructors;
  • Falsification or invention of data;
  • Unauthorized access to or the use of the computerized work of others;
  • Misappropriation of examination materials or information;
  • Giving illicit aid on exams, papers, or projects.

Lack of knowledge of the above is unacceptable as an excuse for dishonest efforts.

PROCEDURES AND PENALTIES

A student must be informed of any accusations of alleged academic dishonesty made by a member of the Bryant community. The procedure for handling cases is as follows:

1. If the case occurs with respect to an individual professor and course, the case should be dealt with by the professor. The student may be penalized up to and including failure in the course and expulsion from the class. The professor must file a report with the Department Chair. The student has the right to appeal the decision to the Department Chair. The Chair may concur with the faculty member or refer the case to the Special Advisor to the Interim Provost. The student may also appeal the Department Chair’s decision to the Special Advisor to the Interim Provost. The Special Advisor to the Interim Provost may confirm, modify, or overturn the Department Chair’s decision and/or institute disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University. The student may appeal the Special Advisor to the Interim Provost’s decision to one of the following committees:

  • In cases of academic dishonesty related to a grade for a course assigned by a professor, the appeal will be heard by the Undergraduate Student Academic Grievance Committee.
  • In cases of academic dishonesty related to the alteration of a grade that was recorded in the University information system or misappropriation of examination materials or information, the appeal will be heard by the Undergraduate Student Disciplinary Committee.

The appropriate committee will report its findings to the Interim Provost for final disposition.
2. Any member of the Bryant University community may bring an alleged violation of this academic code directly to the attention of the Special Advisor to the Interim Provost.

Academic Performance

President’s List
Students earning a semester GPA of 4.0 on at least 12 academic credits in a regular semester will be named to the President’s List –an academic distinction reserved for Bryant’s highest achievers.

Re: Traditional students – Students earning a semester GPA of 4.0 on at least 12 academic credits in a regular semester of course work will be named to the President’s List. Traditional students will be named to the President’s List each semester after final grades have been calculated and the standards of progress have been processed.

Re: Non-traditional students – Students taking at least 12 academic credits over two regular semesters of course work in the academic year and earning a GPA of 4.0 on all academic credits taken during those two semesters will be named to the President’s List.

Each academic year, non-traditional students will be named to thePresident’s List at the end of the spring semester, after final grades have been calculated and the standards of progress have been processed. (Note: Special sessions are not included in the calculation.)

Note for both Traditional and Non-traditional students: Students are not eligible retroactively for a President’s List designation under the Grade Replacement Policy.

Example: Student receives four A’s and one D in Spring 2006.  In Fall 2006, student applies to replace the “D” class and re-register it.  The student will not receive the designation award for the Spring 2006 semester, even after the D is modified to XD.

Recognition for all students:

  1. Students named to the President’s List receive a certificate of achievement from the President of Bryant University.
  2. Students named to the President’s List receive a letter of congratulations from the Interim Provost.
  3. President’s List distinction is noted on the student’s official academic record.
  4. Students named to the President’s List are celebrated at appropriate University functions.
  5. The President’s List is published on campus and available for public release through University Relations.
Academic Standards of Progress – Undergraduate
The Academic Standards of Progress measure a student’s advancement toward meeting the grade point average requirements for a degree. Requirements for a degree include a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in three categories: 1) major/concentration, 2) minor , and 3) overall (cumulative).

To be eligible for a degree, a candidate must have completed the required number and distribution of courses and have met all other requirements of the University, including any financial obligations.

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

Academic Performance is calculated and posted on the grade report and transcript.

  • For traditional students, the academic performance is calculated at the end of the fall and spring semesters.
  • For nontraditional students, the academic performance is calculated only at the end of the spring semester each year. No status will be reported at the end of the fall term.

Academic Performance is posted on the transcript and grade report according to the following levels:

PRESIDENT’S LIST – Students earning a semester GPA of 4.0 on at least 12 academic credits in a regular semester will be named to the President’s List.

DEAN’S LIST – Students with a grade point average of 3.20 or better on at least 12 semester hours of work in the regular semesters will be named to the Dean’s List.

GOOD – This means that the student is in good Academic Standards of Progress -Performance academic standing; his or her semester AND cumulative grade point average > 2.0.

WARNING – In this situation, the student has achieved a semester GPA below a 2.0 but has a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to a 2.0.

PROBATION 1 – This indicates that the student has entered the first phase of academic difficulty with a cumulative GPA less than 2.0.

PROBATION 2 – The student, on Probation 1, has made “satisfactory” progress toward the degree by earning a semester GPA greater than or equal to 2.0; however the cumulative GPA remains below 2.0.

DISMISSAL – This occurs when either of the following happens:

  1. The student has been through Probation 1 and 2 without having raised the cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or better; OR
  2. The student has two consecutive semesters with a cumulative GPA less than 2.0

The student is academically dismissed from the University; and in general the student is required to take a one-semester leave of absence. Students on dismissal status are not eligible to enroll for courses at Bryant University. This includes winter and summer sessions.

IMMEDIATE APPEAL PROCESS:

A dismissed student who believes there are extenuating circumstances surrounding his or her academic standing can apply for a hearing with the University Committee on Scholastic Standing (UCSS). Successful appeals most often relate to special circumstances within a semester that clearly caused the student to be distracted or incapacitated. These typically include significant medical issues (physical/mental), family crises, or legal issues. Other successful appeals involve demonstration of improved performance with supportive letters from University faculty or staff.

Documentation for such appeals should be primarily from professional sources such as physicians, therapists, clergy, attorneys or educators. In documenting the death of a relative or close friend, documentation should include a funeral or obituary notice. All documentation must be verifiable.

If the UCSS denies a hearing for an immediate appeal, the dismissed student can apply for a hearing to the Interim Provost or his/her designee. If the Interim Provost grants a hearing for an immediate appeal, the student will no longer have any recourse with the UCSS. If the Interim Provost denies a hearing for an immediate appeal, the dismissed student is required to take a semester leave from Bryant University.

If the immediate appeal is granted, students must appear before the UCSS to apply for reinstatement. Students must provide evidence that their academic performance will be significantly improved upon their reinstatement.

If reinstatement is denied, the student may appeal the decision to the Interim Provost and will no longer have any recourse with the UCSS.

If reinstatement is approved and the student fails to achieve the conditions specified by the committee, the student will be permanently dismissed from Bryant University.

REINSTATMENT PROCESS FOR STUDENTS RETURNING AFTER A SEMESTER AWAY:

Dismissed students returning after a semester away from Bryant must appear before the UCSS to apply for reinstatement. Students must provide evidence that their academic performance will be significantly improved upon their reinstatement. Suggested evidence would include grades from courses taken while away and a detailed plan outlining steps for academic success.

If reinstatement is denied, the student may appeal the decision to the Interim Provost and will no longer have any recourse with the UCSS.

If reinstatement is approved and the student fails to achieve the conditions specified by the committee, the student will be permanently dismissed from Bryant University.

Those dismissed students who are petitioning to return after being away from Bryant for more than two academic years must reapply to the University through the Transfer Admission Office.

NOTE WELL: Students on dismissal status from Bryant University are NOT eligible to enroll in classes at the University, including the special sessions (Winter Session and Summer Session.)

Students who are eligible to appeal their dismissal status may enroll in the special sessions on a non-matriculated basis.

Grades earned by students while on a non-matriculated basis will be posted to the transcript but will not be averaged into the GPA calculation.

The student’s GPA calculation and academic status will remain unchanged until such time as the student is readmitted to the University.

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN MAJOR/CONCENTRATION

The Academic Standards of Progress for Cumulative GPA in Major/Concentration have been established as a warning system to alert students to any deficiencies in their academic progress and to provide a vehicle for corrective action.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS FOR CUMULATIVE GPA IN MAJOR/CONCENTRATION COURSES

Credits                               Major/
Attempted in Major/       Concentration
Concentration                  GPA                  Academic Performance

3 – 6                            Less than 2.0          Unsatisfactory

7 – 12                           Less than 2.0         Deficiency

More than 12                  Less than 2.0         Dismissal

Degree Program               Less than 2.0         Degree Deficient
Completed

Academic Program Declaration of Major/Concentration

All undergraduate students are required to officially declare a major/concentration by the end of the second semester of their sophomore year. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences must declare their major. In addition to the concentration declaration, students in the College of Business must also declare their required liberal arts minor.

To officially declare a major/concentration or minor, students must complete a “Major/Concentration Declaration Form” or “Minor Declaration Form”. Forms are available from either the Office of the Registrar website or the Undergraduate Advising website. These forms must be completed and signed by your academic advisor and the Department Chair/Coordinator for your major/concentration or required minor. Submit the signed forms to the Office of the Registrar.

Students that do not complete the official process of declaring their major/concentration or required minor will have a registration hold placed on their Banner account in the fall of the junior year. The hold prevents registration for spring semester courses.

Add/Drop

Undergraduate Add/Drop
The Add Process

In order to adjust your schedule and add classes during the add period, simply follow these three steps:

  1. Print out the Schedule Adjustment (Add/Drop) form , or pick one up in our office, MRC 202.
  2. Complete the form and see the instructors for the classes you are adding to get their signatures.
  3. Submit the completed form, by the posted deadlines, to the Office of the Registrar, MRC 202. Remember, no changes will be made until we process your form.

The Drop Process

You are now able to drop classes through your Banner account during the drop period.  Full-time traditional students cannot drop below 12 credits (full-time status) through their Banner account.

If you are adding classes, be sure to get your add slips signed before dropping any classes.

Important things to remember

  • When filling out the form, be careful to enter the correct course information, including the CRN. A list of CRNs may be found by searching the class schedule online. There is also a list posted outside of the Office of the Registrar.
  • During the spring and fall semesters, you may add courses for one week after the first day of classes and you have two weeks to drop courses. Please refer to the academic calendar for add and drop deadlines for the winter and summer sessions.
  • You must drop a course to have it removed from your schedule. DO NOT assume that your instructor will automatically drop you.
  • The Schedule Adjustment form should be used to amend course schedules, not build them.
  • It is important to submit your form as early as possible. If you are adding classes, you will not be able to view class information in Blackboard until your form has been processed.

Attendance Make-up Policy

The academic experience takes priority over all other activities. Accordingly, full attendance and participation in classes are expected of all students and is the responsibility of all students. Because of the unique nature of each course, teaching style, course objectives, and student situation and performance needs, the class professor is in the best position to determine fair and reasonable attendance and make-up policies for his/her course. Guidance on developing attendance and make-up policies can be provided by the Department Chair. The professor’s attendance and make-up policies shall be clearly defined in the course syllabus.

While professors have wide latitude in determining to what degree attendance and/or class participation may count toward the course grade, they are expected to make reasonable accommodations for students to make-up missed exams or assignments under the following documented circumstances:

  • The student is away from campus attending an official University function or is representing the University in an official capacity (e.g. professional meeting, conference, as a member of a judging team, academic or athletic competitions, etc.);
  • Required military duty as certified by the student’s commanding officer;
  • Jury duty;
  • Illness or injury sufficient to prevent class attendance;
  • Death or serious illnesses in the family.

Students are to contact the Office of the Registrar in the event of situations requiring prolonged absences. In turn, the Office of the Registrar will provide initial notification of the student’s absence to her/his professors for the current semester. However, this will not preclude or replace the necessary communication between student and the professor regarding the absence.

Withdrawing from Bryant

Students are considered active and responsible both academically and financially unless they withdraw formally from the University. All undergraduate students who plan to withdraw from Bryant University are required to notify and complete an official withdrawal form in the Office of the Registrar. Students also must make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Office. At that time, the student will complete an exit interview and be advised about his/her obligations to the University. The withdrawal form can be processed immediately or at the end of the semester, and the student’s intent to withdraw will be communicated to the appropriate offices. Additional future registrations and housing will be canceled.

Return from Withdrawal

Students who have been withdrawn for more than two consecutive semesters must reapply through the Admission Office and meet all course, distribution, and quality requirements in effect at the time of reentry.

Class Cancellation Policy

During inclement weather, the President may cancel or delay classes. Notifications of delays or cancellations may be heard over the following radio and TV stations: WHJY FM; WHJJ 920 AM; WOON 1240; WWLI; WBZ103 AM; WJAR-TV 10; WPRI-TV 12, and WLNE-TV 6.

Faculty absence and class session cancellation:

If a professor decides to cancel a class, s/he must notify three parties of that decision: the Department Chair and Dean, as well as his/her Suite Coordinator. In turn, Suite Coordinators will request that the Office of the Registrar (ext 6080) have the professor’s cancelled classes listed on the AXIS TV system: notification of a class session cancellation via the classroom blackboard or classroom door is not acceptable.

If a specific Suite Coordinator is not available, it is not acceptable to request student assistants to notify others of the class cancellation; they may assist the professor in contacting another Coordinator, but ultimately it is the professor’s responsibility to contact a Suite Coordinator regarding the cancellation of a class session.

Residency Requirement

All matriculating students at Bryant must complete the last 30 credits (10 courses) of their degree requirements at Bryant. If a student lives a considerable distance from the University so as to preclude commuting, he/she may petition the Director of Undergraduate Advising to complete no more than the last six credit hours at an approved institution. None of this work may be in the student’s area of concentration, and only one of the two courses may be in the business area. The petition will be considered for approval provided that the student has matriculated for at least 30 credit hours, and has no more than six credits remaining to meet the distributive requirements, and otherwise meets the standards of academic progress. The University is prepared to accept up to 91 semester hours credit in transfer from a four-year institution and up to 61 semester hours credit from a two-year community college or institution. Courses that are transferred are for credit only and are not calculated into the grade point average (GPA). Students who have reached junior standing (62 credits passed) may not transfer credits from a junior college.

Limitation Period for Degree Candidates

Degree requirements are normally to be completed within four years, although students may take up to five years. Additional time, up to 10 years from the date of matriculation, may be granted upon formal request to the Director of Undergraduate Advising. Students who have been withdrawn for more than two consecutive semesters are designated as former students. Former students must reapply through the Admission Office and must meet all course, distribution, and quality requirements in effect at the time of reentry.

The Academic Center for Excellence and the Writing Center

The Academic Center for Excellence

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) is dedicated to helping all Bryant University students achieve academic success. The goal at ACE is to help students become self-reliant, independent, confident learners so that they may successfully meet the demands of their chosen academic curricula. This is achieved through our internationally accredited peer tutoring program and study-skills instruction by our professional staff. Group sessions are encouraged as a mode of instruction. Professional staff members, peer tutors, and faculty work together to foster a supportive learning environment.

Students with learning disabilities can process academic accommodation requests in the Academic Center for Excellence. To receive academic accommodations, students must submit documentation that describes the nature of the learning disability to the learning specialist at ACE. Diagnostic testing that identifies the existence of the learning disability must have been completed within the past three years. The learning specialist recommends academic accommodations; however, it is incumbent upon the student to schedule an appointment with the learning specialist at the beginning of each new semester to arrange for service. Students with learning disabilities should contact the learning specialist at (401) 232-6746.

Academic Services for Student-Athletes:

ACE, in partnership with the Department of Athletics provides tailored assistance for the unique needs of student-athletes. Students in our Division I athletics programs have challenging schedules and often need additional help finding a balance between the demands of athletics and academics. ACE provides these students support with general study skills, time management and overall organization. Quiet study time is provided in ACE’s comfortable lounge areas and study rooms.

Academic Services for International Students and English Language Learners:

The Academic Center for Excellence and the Writing Center offer specialized services for international students and English language learners to help them increase their academic confidence and improve their performance as Bryant students, preparing them for the global job market.

The Writing Center

Effective written communication is essential throughout an individual’s education and career. The Writing Center offers students assistance in both personalized and workshop settings. Peer writing consultants and professional staff help students with papers for any course. The Writing Center’s purpose is to help students develop as writers by helping them recognize their writing strengths and weaknesses. The staff views writing as a process and is prepared to assist students at any stage. They do not rewrite sentences or paragraphs but rather guide students to address their particular concerns through questions and comments.

Academic Internships and Practica

Bryant University offers qualified students the opportunity to combine significant work experience with academic study through internships and practica. Such opportunities recognize the value of work integrated learning and critical reflection as an important avenue for learning. Internships and practica are arranged with employers representing a variety of industries and career opportunities. Resources are provided by the Amica Center for Career Education to meet specific student interests and needs, including opportunities to intern nationally and internationally.

To be eligible, students:

  • Must have achieved junior or senior status, having completed a minimum of 60 credits.
  • Must be in good academic standing – requiring a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. (Finance and International Business require a minimum GPA of 2.5.)
  • Must have established a major/concentration GPA of 2.0 to apply for an internship in a major/concentration area of study.
  • Must have established a minor GPA to apply for an internship in a minor area of study.
  • Must attend an Orientation Session for Academic Internships presented by the Amica Center for Career Education during the fall or spring semester PRIOR to doing an internship for the fall, spring, or summer semesters.
  • Must meet all prerequisites for the internship as determined by the specific academic department and stated in the course description located in the course catalog (within each degree program, major, concentration, or minor, the internship course is listed as 391 or 491).
  • Transfer students must complete one full semester of study at Bryant University to establish a GPA prior to applying for an internship or practicum opportunity.

A maximum of nine credit hours of any combination of internships and practica may be applied to fulfill degree requirements; a maximum of three credit hours may be applied to fulfill requirements in a major/concentration or minor area of study. All academic internships are reviewed and approved by the appropriate academic department chair. Each intern works with a faculty supervisor and is awarded a grade based on learning objectives and work performance. The internship site employer provides training and supervision during the course of the academic internship and provides performance evaluations to the student and faculty supervisor. Eligible students are allowed to do one internship or practicum per semester.

Internships and practica may be taken as part of the regular semester course load during the fall or spring sessions, usually at no added tuition costs to the student. When taken during the summer session, internships and practica are subject to relevant course fees.

The Washington D.C. Internship

Eligibility: Junior or senior standing and a minimum overall G.P.A. of 2.75

Bryant University has partnered with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars to provide full-time Washington D.C.–based internships and short-term academic seminars. The Washington Center provides internships in all degree programs, concentrations, and minor area of studies offered by Bryant.

Students apply to the program and are matched with an organization based on their academic pursuits and career interest. Substantive, supervised internships are provided in businesses, government agencies, for-profit or nonprofit sectors and international organizations. The Washington Center Program consists of three components: the supervised internship that is applied to the student’s academic program (6 credits), one three-credit course offered through The Washington Center, and weekly leadership lecture series featuring decision makers in politics, business, and not-for-profit organizations. Three (3) additional credits can be taken as Directed Study coursework. The Washington Center Program is offered in the summer (10 weeks, 9 credits), and during the fall and spring semesters (15 weeks, up to 15 credits). Housing is provided.

Bryant students enrolled in The Washington Center Program engage in individually supervised employment and learn to apply the skills, theory, and principles of their academic discipline in a work environment. Students must apply through the Amica Center for Career Education at least one semester prior to the internship; some opportunities require a background check that may take up to nine months. Interns work a minimum of 35 hours per week, and are required to prepare a portfolio and an academic journal documenting their internship experiences.

Computer Information Systems/Information Technology Practicum

The CIS/IT academic department offers a six month, full-time paid internship program earning 9 credits (Summer-Fall or Spring-Summer time period). Second semester sophomores and juniors may apply after meeting with the CIS/IT Department Chair and discussing eligibility with an academic advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Office. Minimum requirements are the completion of 45 credits and a minumum overall GPA of 2.5.

Directed Study Programs

  1. A directed study course is an independent, in-depth study or research project pursued by a student. It involves working individually under the direction of the supervising faculty member with the approval of the appropriate department chair.
  2. The topic to be studied must be submitted by the student to the supervising faculty member for approval prior to or at the start of the semester.
  3. The topic to be studied should explore a subject beyond its treatment in an advanced-level course in the University curriculum.
  4. The student’s ability to define a problem and investigate it thoroughly (through intensive study that leads to the preparation of a well-researched paper) will be central to his/her success in any directed study course.
  5. Students are limited to one directed study per semester and a maximum of two directed studies during their Bryant career.
  6. Directed studies cannot be used as substitutes for Bryant courses in the catalog.

Study Abroad

At Bryant students learn to compete in a global economy. And there is no better way to learn about the world than to study abroad.

Bryant’s study abroad opportunities include a two week experience, a semester,  or a summer or winter break program. Students have the chance to become proficient in another language, begin to cultivate a global perspective, and take amazing courses unique to that location and/or culture, while enjoying experiences in a different culture.

Bryant offers sponsored study abroad programs in most regions of the world, through partner relationships with the following organizations:

Arcadia University: The College of Global Studies sponsors university affiliated programs in a variety of locations around the world. Approved Arcadia programs are located in Australia, China, England, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, and Wales. Arcadia University also offers internship programs in a variety of cities around the world.

The Alliance for Global Education offers study in India and in China. The Alliance is a non-profit partner of Arcadia University.

CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange) sponsors more than 109 university affiliated programs throughout the world.  Approved programs with CIEE include the following: Argentina, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Ghana, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Southern Caribbean, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam. CIEE also offers internship programs in a variety of cities around the world.

API (Academic Programs International) sponsors university-affiliated programs in a variety of locations around the world. Approved API programs are located in Argentina, Chili, China, Croatia, Cuba, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Qatar, Scotland, Spain, UAE, and Wales. API also offers internship programs in a variety of cities around the world.

IES (Institute for the International Education of Students)sponsors university-affiliated programs in a variety of locations around the world. Approved IES programs are located in Argentina, Austria, Chile, China, Ecuador, European Union, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, and the Netherlands.

ISA (International Studies Abroad) sponsors a number of university affiliated programs in a variety of locations around the world. ISA approved programs are located in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru and Spain.

IAU College (The Institute for American Universities) provides students with academic programs in Southern France for a semester or summer. IAU is one of the few study abroad programs in France to offer coursework in English. In addition, they offer internships to students with an advanced level of French.

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) sponsors a number of university affiliated programs in a variety of locations around the world. TEAN approved programs are located in Australia, New Zealand, China, and Thailand. TEAN also offers internship programs in a variety of cities around the world.

The U.S.-China Institute at Bryant specializes in offering both short and long-term study abroad and internship programs in China with partner universities in Wuhan, Beijing, and other cities.

Customized International Business Program Bryant’s International Business (IB) program provides customized study abroad opportunities for their students. Currently, they offer programs in Spain, Chile, France and Italy,  and a customized China program is anticipated beginning fall 2015. These customized programs are designed to strengthen the students’ understanding of international business and their language skills. Each of the customized programs offers students a study abroad experience and an international internship.
Bryant Faculty-Led Programs

Bryant also offers short-term study abroad programs in conjunction with faculty-developed courses. Short-term programs provide students with experiential learning overseas, which enhances the classroom component of the total academic experience. These faculty-led trips are a unique opportunity to improve understanding of language, business, culture, history, and geography. In addition, Bryant offers the Sophomore International Experience. Students have the opportunity to earn three academic credits spending 10 to 12 days overseas and learning about other cultures and how businesses operate globally. The Sophomore International Experience is offered during the winter and summer breaks. Costs, fees, and eligibility for these programs differ from other study abroad programs. Contact the Study Abroad office at (401) 232-6209 orsaoffice@bryant.edu for more information. Details about this program can also be viewed at www.bryant.edu/sophomore.
Student Fees for Study Abroad Programs 2014-2015

Study Abroad participants are charged the same rates that a traditional Bryant University student would be assessed if they were studying on campus unless the total charge at the host institution abroad exceeds the comparable charges at Bryant University. Students are billed by Bryant University directly and are expected to make the payment to Bryant on the traditional billing due dates (August 9 for the fall semester and January 9 for the spring semester).

Certain Study Abroad Programs will require application fees.

Application Fee:

  • IAU: $85 paid by the student directly to IAU

Deposit Fees:

  • Upon acceptance, the confirmation deposit will be paid directly by Bryant University

Security/Refundable Deposits:

  • Students participating in a program through The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) will be responsible for their own security deposit (which will be refunded, less any charges incurred during their semester abroad, at the beginning of the semester following the conclusion of their program).

Below are the per semester costs for study abroad participants:

Tuition $19,099.50
Room $4,138.50-5,407.50
Meal Plan $2,680.50-2,912.50
Additional Fees* $1,500-$3,000
*Varies based on program location

Tuition
The tuition rate is the cost of a traditional semester of study at Bryant University. Tuition may vary depending upon student’s catalog year and financial aid package.

Room
The room rate is dependent upon the type of housing that a study abroad participant chooses. If the participant is housed in a room that is typical of the Bryant University on-campus dorm-style living, the fee is $4,138.50. However, in certain circumstances, participants are given the option to live alone and are housed in a facility that is typical of the Bryant University on-campus townhouse-style living and those students are charged at the higher rate of $5,035 (double) or $5,407 (single). Also, certain programs offer housing (on and off campus) that is not comparable to on-campus living at Bryant. In these situations, the host institution may assess a surcharge to cover additional services that are offered with the housing (i.e. telephone, internet, bed linens, cleaning services, etc.). Please be advised that the surcharge will be added to your Bryant University tuition bill. These surcharges will not be on your initial bill since the host institution does not notify Bryant University until after the semester has begun. You will be notified via your Bryant University email address that an updated Electronic Bill (E-Bill) is ready for viewing.

Meal Plan
Depending on the program, a student may receive meals (e.g. home-stay accommodation), have the option to purchase meals on their own (i.e. self-catered), or participate in a meal program at the university they are attending abroad. If they participate in the meal program abroad, or are receiving meals through their housing option, a fee of $2,680.50 – $2,912.50 will be assessed to their Bryant University account, depending on the number of meals they are receiving abroad. Since the meal plan is optional in some locations, and is not typical at most institutions, additional fees do not apply to every student. Meal plan charges will not be on your initial billing statement. If Bryant is notified by the host institution of meal plan enrollment and/or additional fees, you will be notified via your Bryant University email address that an updated Electronic Bill (E-Bill) is ready for viewing.

Home-stay Accommodations
A student will be assessed a meal plan fee of $2,680.50 – $2,912.50 to their Bryant University account if they are receiving 1 -3 meals per day in their home-stay accommodations. Meal plan charges will not be on your initial billing statement. If Bryant is notified that your home-stay includes 1 -3 meals per day, then you will be notified via your Bryant University email address that an updated Electronic Bill (E-Bill) is ready for viewing.

Additional Fees
Additional fees are any supplemental costs of the program. These fees are estimates based on fees charged to past participants. They are not actual amounts and are subject to change. Such costs may include but are not limited to: R/T airfare, VISA processing fee, health insurance fee, cell phones, health club memberships, cleaning fee, bed-linen fee, etc.

Withdrawal Policy
In case of cancellation, the student is subject to the refund policy of the program provider.

Study Abroad Surcharge
If the total charge at the host institution abroad exceeds the comparable charges at Bryant University, a surcharge will be assessed to the student’s account in the amount equal to the difference between the two costs.
All study abroad billing inquiries should be addressed to the Bryant University Bursar’s Office at (401) 232-6030. Please Note: Students will initially be billed the Bryant University rates. Once Bryant University is billed by the host institution, any appropriate adjustments are made to the student’s account and the student will be notified via Bryant University email address that an updated Electronic Bill (E-Bill) is ready for viewing.

Coursework and Credit

  • Written pre-approval (course agreement) from a Bryant University Undergraduate Advisor is required for coursework taken at the Host Institution if transfer credit or Financial Aid is to be awarded.
  • For students on Financial Aid, written pre-approval for all coursework to be taken at the Host Institution is required by a Bryant University Financial Aid Officer.
  • A “C” grade or better (or the equivalent of “C” grade or better as determined by a Bryant University Study Abroad official) is required if transfer credit is to be awarded.
  • Grades earned at the Host Institution appear on the Bryant University transcript with no quality points. Grades are not calculated in the Bryant University GPA. Course credits are added to the total credits earned.

Study Abroad Eligibility

  • Bryant studednts with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply for Bryant University approved semester Study Abroad programs. The Sophomore International Experience requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. The GPA for short-term programs in the summer and winter terms may vary. Customized International Business programs may have different GPA requirements as well.  Contact the Study Abroad Office to determine the GPA for the customized IB programs.
  • Good standing at Bryant University is a requirement for participation in all Study Abroad programs.
  • Students are responsible for meeting all deadlines as posted by Bryant University and the Host Institution.
  • Financial obligations must be fulfilled.
  • Transfer students must complete one full semester of study at Bryant University to establish a GPA prior to applying for a study abroad semester program. Transfer students are eligible to apply for the SIE program during their first academic year at Bryant University.

Academic Advising

The Undergraduate Advising Office provides academic advising services, as well as program planning and policy information, for all undergraduate students. At the start of the first year, all undergraduate students are assigned a professional academic advisor.

Through participation in academic advising students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to make effective decisions concerning their degree and career goals.
  • Develop an educational plan for successfully achieving their goals and select courses each semester to progress toward the completion of their undergraduate degree.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the value of higher education.
  • Utilize the resources and services on campus to assist them in achieving their academic, personal, and career goals.
  • Be able to accurately read and effectively utilize a degree audit in their educational planning.
  • Graduate in a timely manner based on their educational plan.

Academic advising is a collaborative educational process whereby students and their advisors are partners in meeting the essential learning outcomes, ensuring student academic success, and outlining the steps for achievement of the students’ personal, academic, and career goals. This advisor/student partnership requires participation and involvement of both the advisor and the student as it is built over the student’s entire educational experience at the University.

Honors Program

The Bryant University Honors Program offers its members a personalized, distinctive experience that enriches their academic, social, cultural and professional talents in a mentor-oriented environment.

Academically-talented students with a proven record of achievement are invited to join the Bryant University Honors Program. These exceptional students along with dedicated faculty comprise a community of scholars who are committed to pursuing an enriched educational experience. Successful completion of the program results in the student being recognized as an Honors Program graduate, a distinction that is noted on his or her Bryant University diploma and official academic transcript.

More than twenty courses have been designed specifically for The Honors Program. While some of the Honors courses are adapted from standard courses and others are developed around unique topics, all are enhanced by additional course material, group projects, stimulating discussions and/or special assignments. These honors-designated courses are intentionally scheduled with smaller class sizes to afford students opportunities to interact with peers and professors.

Invitation Eligibility

First-year students qualify for an invitation to the Honors Program with a minimum SAT score of 1200 (math and verbal)/ACT 27 and one of the following: a class rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class or, a grade point average of at least 3.60. Students transferring from another institution with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or better from college-level courses may also be invited to participate in The Honors Program. Current Bryant students interested in applying to The Honors Program must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.4 after the completion of 30 hours of credit along with letters of recommendation.

Graduation Criteria

To be an Honors Program graduate from Bryant University, students must successfully complete a minimum of 24 credits (eight courses) of honors course work.

Each student must successfully complete the course HON490:Honors Senior Capstone Project as part of the 8 course requirement. This capstone course requires the submission and approval of a formal proposal. Along with a faculty advisor, the student will complete a research-based project during his or her senior year. The subject matter and topic can be selected by the student with the approval of a faculty advisor in a designated academic department.

To graduate as a member of the Honors Program, students must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and an Honors GPA of at least 3.2.

HON490 Honors Senior Capstone Project

Honors Program seniors, under the guidance of a faculty committee (as specified in program guidelines), will develop a thesis or project to serve as a capstone for their Honors Program courses. The proposal will be presented to the Honors Program Coordinator in the student’s junior year. It will include specification of the department to which credit will apply in the student’s academic program, and signed approval from the Department Chair is required. The complete proposal will be reviewed by the Honors Council and approved by them after any suggested revisions have been made.

The student will work on the project during his or her senior year and will submit a progress report to the Honors Council at the end of the each semester. When the project is completed, it will be submitted for approval to the Honors Council and presented formally in a public forum. The capstone course will be reviewed, evaluated, and graded by the faculty committee.

Students will formally register for HON490 in their senior year. All student names and primary advisors will be made known to the Undergraduate Advising Office early in the student’s senior year. (3 semester hours of credit.)

Honors, Awards and Recognitions

Alpha Kappa Delta

The International Sociology Honor Society, AKD, is dedicated to the ideal of Anthropon Katamanthanein Diakonesein or “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.” The Society promotes scholarly excellence in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement of the human condition. To be eligible for membership, a student must have at least junior year standing, an overall GPA and a sociology GPA of at least 3.0, be in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship, and have completed at least four courses in sociology. Membership is not limited to Sociology majors.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest national recognition a student can receive in an undergraduate or master’s program in business or management accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. To be eligible for membership, a student must have earned a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 (cumulative GPA of 3.75 for graduate students), rank in the upper ten percent of the second-semester junior class, upper 10 percent of the senior class, or upper 20 percent of the graduating master’s class. Members are elected to membership and publicly recognized during the spring term.

Chi Alpha Sigma

Bryant is one of only 60 institutions nationally to be recognized with a Chi Alpha Sigma chapter. Chi Alpha Sigma is the nation’s only student-athlete honor society. To be selected for induction, student-athletes must be juniors or seniors, hold at least a 3.4 overall GPA, earn a letter in their sports, and clearly exhibit strong personal character through a commitment to community service.

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta is an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies. It is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association. To be eligible for membership, students must have completed at least 12 hours of communication courses, have a GPA of at least 3.25, and be in the upper 35 percent of the graduating class.

Mu Sigma Rho

Mu Sigma Rho is the national honorary society for statistics.  Its purpose is the promotion and encouragement of scholarly activity in statistics, and the recognition of outstanding achievement among students in eligible academic institutions.  To be eligible for induction in Mu Sigma Rho, a student must be a junior or senior, have completed 8 semester hours of statistics courses (of which at least 5 semester hours must be at the junior level or higher), have a 3.25 grade point average in all statistics courses, and be in the top 1/3 of the class in all course work.

Omicron Delta Epsilon

Election to the Gamma Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the National Economics Honor Society, recognizes seniors who have chosen economics for their major field of concentration, have attained a cumulative average of 3.0 or higher in a minimum of four economics courses, and have received the recommendation of the economics department.

Omicron Delta Kappa

Omicron Delta Kappa is a nationally recognized leadership and honor society. Students of junior or senior standing are recognized for excellence in academics (top 35 percent of the class), athletics, community service, mass media, or the performing arts. All members are nominated by current members of the society.

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.  The society seeks to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways. Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (4 courses) in History and achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. Eligible candidates must also be in the top 35% of their class. Membership is not limited to History majors.

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is the only national honor society for college students of political science in the United States.  Founded in 1920, there are now more than 700 chapters at colleges across the country. To be eligible for membership, a student must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of political science courses with a minimum grade point average of 3.3 and must have an overall minimum grade point average of 3.3. Membership is not limited to Politics & Law majors.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the international honor society in psychology which recognizes academic excellence in psychology. To be eligible for membership, students must have an overall GPA that is in the top 35% of their class, have earned an overall grade point average of at least 3.0, and must have a cumulative average of that is at least 3.00 in their psychology courses. Membership is limited to applied psychology majors who are at least juniors and have taken a minimum of nine hours of psychology.

Kappa Mu Epsilon

Kappa Mu Epsilon is a specialized honor society in Mathematics. KME was founded in 1931 to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students. Its chapters are located in colleges and universities of recognized standing which offer a strong mathematics major. The chapters’ members are selected from students of mathematics and other closely related fields who have maintained standards of scholarship, have professional merit, and have attained academic distinction. Students must have completed at least three college semesters and rank in the upper 35% of their class.  In addition, they must have completed at least three courses in mathematics, including at least one semester of calculus and attained an average of B or better in all mathematics courses.

Phi Sigma Iota

The Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society recognizes outstanding accomplishment in the study or teaching of any of the academic fields related to foreign language, literature, or culture. Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. Students in the undergraduate program at Bryant pursuing a major, minor or concentration in one of the languages offered at Bryant (Chinese, French, Italian or Spanish) who have completed at least one course at the 300 level (305 or above), have completed 45 semester hours (second semester sophomore), have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in their language courses, and rank in the top 35% of their class will be eligible for membership.

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. Sigma Tau Delta’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. To be eligible for induction in the Alpha Tau Rho Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, a student must have completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English. The candidate must have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, must rank at least in the highest thirty-five percent of her/his class, and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college course work.

Mu Kappa Tau

Mu Kappa Tau (MKT) is the only marketing honor society to be recognized by the Association of Collegiate Honor Societies and is committed to the pursuit and recognition of academic excellence in marketing. MKT exists to recognize academic achievement, to encourage high ethical standards, and to advance the marketing profession. Since 1966, marketing faculty across the nation have nominated talented marketing students to join MKT. In order to qualify for membership, students must be a junior or a senior marketing major, or business concentration with a marketing minor, with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Dean’s List

Full-time students who have a GPA of 3.2 or better for at least 12 semester hours of work will be named to the Dean’s List.

Graduation Honors (ALSO  – under Awarding of degrees- Commencement Awards) Special recognition is accorded those who show distinction in academic achievement. Honors may be awarded on the basis of cumulative averages, as follows: Cum Laude (3.30), Magna Cum Laude (3.55), and Summa Cum Laude (3.80). Students must have completed 60 semester hours of work at Bryant University to be eligible for honors.

Commencement Ceremony – Awarding of DegreesCommencement ceremonies honor certified graduates and candidates for degrees who have been scheduled to complete course work by the end of the academic year (July 31). Diplomas are issued after grade reports are completed and candidates are fully certified. Graduation honors noted on the Commencement program are based on cumulative records as of the end of the fall semester; honors recorded on the diploma are based on finalized cumulative averages.

Bryant Symbols

The Harriet C. Jacobs Memorial Mace
Carried at Commencement and other University convocations, the mace is crowned in gold and bears the two dominant symbols of the institution: the seal of the State of Rhode Island and the seal of Bryant University. The mace was donated by E. Gardner Jacobs and his sister, Mrs. Dorothy J. Lederer, in memory of their mother, Harriet C. Jacobs.

The Bryant Seal
The Bryant seal represents the educational mission of the University and its worldwide implications. The central symbol is an ellipsoid globe with quills on each side to signify the traditional emblem of communication in business. In the center, behind the globe, is a torch that reflects liberty, the spirit of free inquiry, academic freedom, and learning. The Archway, forming the background for the globe, torch, and quills, is a University landmark affectionately remembered by thousands of alumni. The Latin motto expresses the purpose of the University: Cognitio – Virtus – Successus – “Knowledge – Character – Success.” The seal recognizes the achievements of the faculty in their pursuit of educational excellence.

Commencement Awards

The Anna M. & Jere St. Angelo ‘61 Accounting Award (2):These awards are presented to two graduating seniors in accounting who have demonstrated a high level of achievement, are in the top 10 percent of their class, are residents of an urban area, and will enter a career in public accounting.

Athletics Department Awards (2)

The Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award: This award is presented to the female senior student-athlete with the highest overall grade point average.

The Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award: This award is presented to the male senior student-athlete with the highest overall grade point average.

The Bryant University Good Citizenship Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated the qualities of sincerity and vigorous industry in the interest of good citizenship and who has, by example furthered better government both on and off campus.

The Communication Department Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement and exceptional competency in all of the contemporary communication arts.

The Computer Information Systems Department Award: This award is presented annually to a graduating senior with a concentration in computer information systems who has excelled academically, enriched his or her computer information systems education through meaningful work experience, and demonstrated an unselfish attitude toward others through active involvement in organizations, clubs, or events.

The Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key: This award is presented to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative academic average toward a degree in business administration or economics.

The Excellence in Applied Psychology Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement in the study of applied psychology.

The Excellence in Economics Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior with the highest grade point average in the major.

The George J. Kelley Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has completed at least 102 credits at Bryant and is recognized and honored for having the highest cumulative grade point average at the end of the fall semester.

The George M. Parks Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior whose recognized leadership qualities have significantly enhanced the reputation of the University.

The History / Social Sciences Department Awards:

Global Studies Award, Legal Studies Award, Political Science Award Sociology Award: These awards are presented to graduating seniors for their outstanding achievement in the study of global studies, legal studies, political science, and sociology.

The Jack H. Rubens Leadership in Finance Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding performance in academics, service to the finance department, and enthusiasm and leadership in extracurricular activities related to finance.

The Jack H. Rubens Leadership in Financial Services Award:This award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding performance in academics, service to the finance department, and enthusiasm and leadership in extracurricular activities related to financial services.

The Jeremiah Clark Barber Award: This award is presented to the graduating senior who has shown the most consistent academic improvement resulting in Dean’s list recognition.

The John Hancock Insurance Company Award (2): This award is presented to two graduating seniors who have demonstrated superior achievement in the study of actuarial mathematics.

The Kappa Tau Brotherhood Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has exhibited outstanding brotherhood/sisterhood and leadership in promoting policies beneficial to the University and the entire student body. The award is given by the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.

The Leander Francis Emin Endowed Homestead Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has achieved scholastic excellence in accounting. It was inaugurated by the family of Leander Francis Emin, Bryant alumnus of the class of 1907, to honor his memory and his birthplace and home – the 1708 House and the entire Emin homestead, farm, and airport – which now become the campus of his alma mater.

The Literary and Cultural Studies Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement in, and a strong commitment to, the study of literature and cultural studies.

The Modern Languages Department Award: This award is presented to a graduate with exceptional competency in the study of a language other than English.

The Pell Medal for United States History Award: The medal is presented to a graduating senior who has displayed excellence in the study of United States history. The late Honorable Claiborne de Borda Pell created this medal to honor the memory of his father, the late Herbert C. Pell, statesman and diplomat, who served the United States as Ambassador to Hungary and Minister to Portugal.

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Achievement Award:This award is presented to a graduating senior who has excelled in military science studies and other courses, and who has shown superior leadership potential in the military science program and in extracurricular activities.

The Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who, in the opinion of the accounting faculty, has demonstrated excellence in accounting studies and intends to pursue a career in public accounting.

The Roger W. Babson Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who is distinguished within the University community for his or her character, orderly mind, sound judgment, and systematic business habits.

The SAS Institute Award (2): This award is presented to two bachelor’s degree candidates who have demonstrated superior achievement in the study of applied mathematics and statistics and have successfully completed coursework involving the application of SAS statistical software in their data analysis.

The Student Senate Service Award (6): This award is presented to six deserving graduating seniors in recognition of their outstanding service to the student body of Bryant University. The recipients are selected by the Student Senate Service Awards Committee.

The Target Corporation Bryant Student Chapter of SHRM Management Department Commencement Award (3): This award is presented to three outstanding graduating seniors who are members of the Bryant chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). It is presented to individuals who have demonstrated academic excellence, a passion for the field of Human Resource Management (HRM) as a future career, and an appreciation for the importance of the HRM function in domestic and global corporations.

Army ROTC Program

The ROTC Program is designed to train and qualify men and women for commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army while they pursue an academic program of their choice. Bryant is one of more than 300 colleges throughout the U.S. dedicated to providing qualified military leaders for the United States Army. Courses in military science are part of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Program, which is offered as part of the curriculum at Bryant University on a voluntary basis.

Full-Time Status

To maintain full-time status, you must be enrolled at Bryant University in at least four courses (12 credits) per semester. A normal class load is five courses (15 credits). Students are permitted to carry six courses (up to 20 credits) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the end of the previous semester; a minimum GPA of 3.2 and an extra fee is required to carry more than 20 credits.

Registration Process

The order of registration by Student Classification Number (SCN) is as follows:
8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Your classification number is based on the number of credits completed to date, and is calculated as follows:
CREDITS                  CLASSIFICATION
0 – 14                 1 (First-Semester Freshmen)
15 – 29            2 (Second-Semester Freshmen)
30 – 44             3 (First-Semester Sophomore)
45 – 59            4 (Second-Semester Sophomore)
60 – 74                  5 (First-Semester Junior)
75 – 89               6 (Second-Semester Junior)
90 – 104                7 (First Semester Senior)
105 – and up          8 (Second Semester Senior)

Seniors in their last semester may register for six (3 credit) courses plus up to two (1 credit) lab courses. All other students may register for only five (3 credit) courses plus up to two (1 credit) labs during early registration.  After early registration has ended, students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 may add a sixth course by contacting the Undergraduate Advising Office. Students are advised to select a full complement of courses during early registration, since add/drop is designed to amend schedules not to build them.

Mid-term Grades

The purpose of mid-term grades for first-year students is to alert students to potential academic issues in time to take appropriate corrective action.

Full-time Study for Traditional Students

To maintain full-time status, you must be enrolled at BryantUniversity in at least four (3 credit) courses for a total of 12 credits per semester. A normal class load is five (3 credit) courses for a total of 15 credits per semester. Current students are permitted to carry six (3 credit) courses plus two (1 credit) labs (up to 20 credits) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the end of the previous semester; a minimum GPA of 3.2 and an extra fee is required to carry more than 20 credits.  Incoming freshmen are enrolled in five (3-credit) courses and one or two (1-credit) courses for a total of 16 or 17 credits.

Non-traditional

Non-traditional students are described as those students whose primary focus is on work and/or family and who pursue their education on a part-time basis.

Part-time Study for Non-traditional Students

To study part time, students must apply to the Admissions Office as nontraditional students. To study part-time, nontraditional students must enroll in fewer than 12 credit hours of study during each semester, Fall 2014 – Summer 2015 tuition is $2,664 per three-credit course. To register for more than three courses, part-time students must obtain authorization from the Registrar and pay traditional (full-time) semester tuition. Part-time students have up to 12 years to complete their bachelor’s degree requirements, and must complete their final 30 credits at Bryant. Students may choose day and evening courses.

All non-traditional students must be admitted to a degree program. Students interested in pursuing a degree part time should schedule an appointment with the Office of Admission. When applying for admission, students must submit the following:

  1. Completed application for non-traditional, part-time status and the associated application fee;
  2. Official final high school transcript or an official copy of the results of the general equivalency examination;
  3. Official transcripts from any colleges previously attended.
    Credits from another institution may be transferred to Bryant in fulfillment of degree requirements according to transfer credit evaluation policies in affect at the time of application.

A variety of support services are available to students who pursue their degree through part-time study. Services include information and advice on career placement, learning assistance, academic counseling, and access to the Chace Wellness Center and all library and computing resources.

A limited amount of financial aid is available to degree candidates registered for six through nine credits per semester. Students studying part time are also encouraged to review their eligibility to receive tuition reimbursement through employer educational benefits.

Note: On-campus housing is not available to non-traditional students, and participation in campus clubs and organizations is limited.

Returning after Withdrawal

Students who have been withdrawn for more than two consecutive semesters must reapply through the Admission Office and meet all course, distribution, and quality requirements in effect at the time of reentry.

Committee on Faculty Rank and Appointment

The Committee on Faculty Rank and Appointment shall be composed of the Deans, who shall be nonvoting members of the committee, and seven (7) members of the full-time faculty who shall be the voting members of the Committee. At least three (3) members shall be from business disciplines and at least three (3) members shall be from liberal arts disciplines. At least six (6) voting members of the Committee shall be tenured. No faculty member who will be considered for tenure or promotion during a given academic year shall serve on the Committee during that academic year. Members of the Committee may be considered for parity awards and/or merit awards. If a committee member applies for a parity and/or merit award, he/she shall be recused from that respective award deliberation and voting during that academic year. The Committee shall meet to consider promotions, reappointments, tenure, parity, and merit of faculty members. Individual faculty members shall have access to the files maintained on them by the Rank and Appointment Committee. The Committee shall be provided with the hire letter of each faculty member being considered for reappointment, promotion, or tenure at the time such action is before the Committee.

Committee on University Organization

The Committee on University Organization (CUO) shall be composed of the Deans, who shall be nonvoting members of the committee, and five (5) members of the full-time faculty who shall be the voting members of the Committee.

The Committee shall serve as the representative body of the faculty in the formulation of the undergraduate academic structure and policy of the University and shall meet to consider and recommend all changes involving same. Any academic policy or change in the academic structure of the University related to the undergraduate program which emanates from any administrative office which directly affects the academic departments of the University must be submitted to the committee for its recommendation.

Recommendations of the committee, with supporting evidence, shall be transmitted in writing to the Interim Provost or his/her designee for his/her consideration within two (2) months after receipt of the proposal unless mutually agreed upon by the University and CUO. In the event the Interim Provost or his or her designee disagrees with the committee’s recommendation, he/she shall reject the same and report her/his decision to the committee together with her/his reasons therefore set forth in writing.

In case of neglect or refusal of the Interim Provost or his or her designee to answer or accept the committee’s recommendations within fifteen (15) working days, the committee may take its recommendation directly to the President of the University within fifteen (15) working days following the expiration of the initial waiting period for the answer or acceptance.

The President, in the exercise of her/his discretion as chief executive officer of the University, shall accept or reject the Interim Provost’s and/or the committee’s recommendation within fifteen (15) working days after it is transmitted to him/her. The President’s decision on a recommendation submitted to him/her in either instance shall be transmitted in writing, with the reasons therefore, to the committee within fifteen (15) working days.

In any case of either (a) neglect or refusal of the President to answer the committee’s request within fifteen (15) working days or (b) a rejection of a committee recommendation by the President, the committee may present its recommendations within fifteen (15) working days to the Faculty Federation for consideration. The Faculty Federation may then submit the recommendation of the committee and its position to the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the University for a final determination.

Issues arising under this Section that extend beyond commencement shall not be subject to the fifteen (15) day response period. During the period from commencement until resumption of fall classes, the response period for each step shall be extended to thirty (30) days.

Issues arising under this Section 7.4 of the Federation collective bargaining agreement shall not be subject to the grievance procedure.

Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee shall be composed of the Deans, who shall be nonvoting members of the committee, and six (6) members of the full-time faculty who shall be the voting members of the committee. At least three (3) members shall be from business disciplines and at least three (3) members shall be from liberal arts disciplines. The duties of the committee are to consider proposals for the addition, deletion, and revision of courses and degree programs and to make recommendations in this regard in writing to the Interim Provost. The Committee is also responsible for approving program assessment plans developed by the academic departments and making recommendations to the Interim Provost for appropriate action. In undertaking these responsibilities, the committee will ensure that departments and programs affected by proposed changes are afforded appropriate opportunities to review and make recommendations on them.

In the event that a proposal for curriculum change does not originate in a department, the Curriculum Committee will direct a copy of the proposal to the Chair of the appropriate department(s) upon receipt and invite departmental recommendation. A favorable departmental recommendation is not necessary for the proposal to be considered by the Curriculum Committee. The Curriculum Committee will then consider the proposal and make a recommendation not later than two (2) calendar months following its receipt of the proposal.

The Curriculum Committee shall form two subcommittees, one for business disciplines and one for liberal arts disciplines. Recommendations to the University Administration shall be from the Committee, not the subcommittees.

The Committee shall meet every month and at such other times as necessary at the call of the elected chair. The department heads and the appropriate administrators shall be consulted as to the implementation and feasibility of proposals as they relate to students’ schedules and degree programs. Recommendations of the Committee must be consistent with the basic philosophy and academic goals of the University. The Committee shall submit a report of the year’s activities to the President of the University and the Interim Provost or his or her designee by May 1.

Recommendations of the Committee, with supporting evidence, shall be transmitted in writing to the Interim Provost for her/his consideration. In the event the Interim Provost disagrees with the committee’s recommendation, he/she shall reject the same and report her/his decision to the committee together with her/his reasons therefore set forth in writing.

In case of neglect or refusal of the Interim Provost or his or her designee to answer the committee’s recommendation within fifteen (15) working days, the committee may take its recommendation within fifteen (15) working days directly to the President of the University. The committee may request the President in the exercise of his/her discretion as chief executive officer of the University to accept or reject the Interim Provost’s recommendation. The President’s decision on such recommendations shall be transmitted in writing, with the reasons therefore, to the committee.

In any case of either (a) neglect or refusal of the President to answer the committee’s recommendation within fifteen (15) working days or (b) a rejection of a committee recommendation by the President, the committee may present its recommendations within fifteen (15) working days to the Faculty Federation for consideration. The Faculty Federation may, if it deems necessary, submit its recommendations to the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the University for a final determination.

Issues arising under this Section 7.3 of the Federation collective bargaining agreement shall not be subject to the grievance procedure.

Faculty Development

The Faculty Development Committee shall be composed of the Deans, who shall be nonvoting members of the committee, and five (5) members of the full-time faculty who shall be the voting members of the Committee.

The Faculty Development Committee shall (1) review and make recommendations on applications for participation in the Sabbatical Leave Program, the Fellowship Program and for leaves of absence; (2) review annually and make recommendations on the instrument used for student evaluation of faculty; (3) make other recommendations related to the development of faculty teaching and research/publication; (4) recommend criteria for faculty participation in research and/or programs financed by outside grants; and (5) make recommendations related to the provision of developmental programs and events in the area of diversity and globalization.

The committee will review applications for sabbatical leaves, fellowships, and leaves of absence, and will forward their recommendations to the Interim Provost or his or her designee for his/her approval. A copy of this recommendation will be sent to the Department Chair and the faculty member. If there is any question concerning any application, the committee shall request the individual applicant to appear in person to clarify the application.

Issues arising under this Section 7.5 of the Federation collective bargaining agreement shall not be subject to the grievance procedure.

Graduate Faculty Advisory Committees

College of Business Graduate Faculty Advisory Committee (GFAC/B)

The GFAC/B shall be composed of the Dean, who shall be a non-voting member, and five (5) full-time graduate faculty members teaching in the graduate program of the College of Business. Faculty members of the GFAC/B shall be elected annually by the full-time graduate faculty. Elections shall be conducted by the Federation and the list of eligible voters shall be prepared by the Dean. One member may be from a department in the College of Arts & Sciences.

The members of the GFAC/B shall be elected for two (2) year staggered terms and these elections shall be held annually not later than May 1. In the event a GFAC/B member resigns or vacates an unexpired term of office, he/she shall be replaced by special election to serve the unexpired term. It shall be the duty of the GFAC/B to maintain liaison and communications with other University administrators and faculty during the process of its deliberations.

The duties of the GFAC/B shall be to review the offerings of the College of Business graduate program and recommend additions, deletions, and revisions of courses and programs and to consider changes involving academic structure and academic policy of the University with respect to the graduate program. Such recommendations shall be forwarded by the GFAC/B to the Interim Provost or his/her designee for his/her decision. The GFAC/B is also responsible for reviewing program assessment plans. Such plans shall be developed in consultation with academic departments and/or concentration/program coordinators. Recommendations shall be made to the Interim Provost or his/her designee for appropriate action.

College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Faculty Advisory Committee (GFAC/A)

The GFAC/A shall be composed of the Dean, who shall be a non-voting member, and five (5) full-time graduate faculty teaching in the graduate program of the College of Arts & Sciences. Faculty members of the GFAC/A shall be elected annually by the full-time graduate faculty. Elections shall be conducted by the Federation and the list of eligible voters shall be prepared by the Dean. One member may be from a department in the College of Business.

The members of GFAC/A shall be elected for two (2) year staggered terms and these elections shall be held annually not later than May 1. In the event a GFAC/A member resigns or vacates an unexpired term of office, he/she shall be replaced by special election to serve the unexpired term. It shall be the duty of the GFAC/A to maintain liaison and communications with other University administrators and faculty during the process of its deliberations.

The duties of GFAC/A shall be to review the offerings of the College of Arts & Sciences graduate programs and recommend additions, deletions, and revisions of courses and programs, and to consider changes involving academic structure and academic policy of the University with respect to the graduate program. Such recommendations shall be forwarded by the GFAC/A to the Interim Provost or his/her designee for his/her decision. The GFAC/A is also responsible for reviewing the program assessment plans. Such plans shall be developed in consultation with academic departments and/or concentration/program coordinators. Recommendations shall be made to the Interim Provost for appropriate action.

Calendar Committee

The Calendar Committee will review the calendar as published for the current academic year and as proposed for the next academic year to determine if modifications are desirable. The Committee’s recommendations, with rationale, are made to the Interim Provost.

Additionally, the committee should develop and submit for approval the academic calendars for the next five years.

MEMBERSHIP: Administrators, including

  • Dean, College of Business or Dean, College of Arts and Sciences – 1
  • Graduate Programs – 1
  • Undergraduate Advising and Records – 3
  • Other – 1
  • Faculty – 2
  • Students – 2

MEETINGS: As necessary at the call of the Chair

REPORT: The final report should be made to the Interim Provost by October 1 for inclusion in University publications for the next academic year.

Commencement Awards Committee

CHARGE: The Committee will review all of the Commencement awards, approve the criteria for selection of award recipients, implement a procedure appropriate for selection of award recipients, and carry out that procedure.

The Committee will solicit nominations from the Bryant community for the following awards:

  • The Achievement in Creative Expression Award
  • The Bryant University Good Citizenship Award
  • The George M. Parks Award
  • The Roger W. Babson Award

The following awards are selected by respective departments, which must submit the names and biographies of award recipients to the Awards Committee no later than March 8.

Academic Affairs – Office of the Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer

  • The Bryant University Scholar Award
  • The President’s List Sash

Academic Records Office

  • The Jeremiah Clark Barber Award
  • The George J. Kelly Award
  • The Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key Award

Accounting Department

  • The Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants Award
  • The Leander Francis Emin Endowed Homestead Award
  • The Anna M. & Jere St. Angelo ‘61 Accounting Award (2)

Athletics Department (2)

  • The Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award
  • The Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award

Communication Department

  • The Communication Department Award

Computer Information Systems Department

  • The Computer Information Systems Department Award

Economics Department

  • The Excellence in Economics Award

English and Cultural Studies Department

  • The Literary and Cultural Studies Award

Finance Department

  • The Jack H. Rubens Leadership in Finance Award
  • The Jack H. Rubens Leadership in Financial Services Award

History and Social Sciences Department

  • The Global Studies Award
  • The Legal Studies Award
  • The Political Science Award
  • The Sociology Award
  • The Pell Medal for United States History Award

Management Department

  • The Target Corporation Bryant Student Chapter of SHRM Management Department Award (3 )

Mathematics Department

  • The John Hancock Insurance Company Award (2 )
  • The SAS Institute Award (2)

Modern Languages Department

  • The Modern Languages Department Award

Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity

  • The Kappa Tau Brotherhood Award

Psychology Department

  • The Excellence in Applied Psychology Award

ROTC Program

  • The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Achievement Award

Science Department

  • The Environmental Science Leadership Award
  • The Excellence in Biology Award

Student Senate Service Awards Committee

  • The Student Senate Service Award (6)

The Student Charge is delivered by a graduating senior who is selected by the Committee from a pool of applicants.

Recommendations to effect changes in awards are made to the Interim Provost.

The Committee will include a biography on each recipient.

MEMBERSHIP:

  • Administrators – Residence Life, Student Activities, Academic Affairs Administration
  • Other: Faculty (1), Student with Junior standing (1)

Ex-officio: VPSA/Dean of Student Life or designee

NOTE: The VPSA/Dean of Students will serve in an ad hoc capacity on this Committee and vote in the event that someone from that area has not been selected to serve as a regular member of the Committee.

MEETINGS: As necessary at the call of the Chair.

Selection of award recipients must be finalized and submitted to the Commencement Committee no later than April 15.

REPORT: The final report of the Committee which lists all award recipients is to be submitted to the Interim Provost by April 15 of each academic year.

Graduate School Academic Grievance Committee

CHARGE:

The Graduate Student Academic Grievance Committee will hold hearings on academic grievances filed by graduate students.  The appeal process for an academic grievance will initially be pursued through the faculty member involved and the Director of the Graduate School.  The Committee will meet only when the student has not been able to resolve the grievance through the faculty member and Director.  The Committee will have the authority to make recommendations for disposition of grievances to the Interim Provost. The Interim Provost will consider the recommendation; however, he/she will not be bound by the recommendation, and his/her decision on the grievance will be final.

MEMBERSHIP:

  • Administrators (1)
  • Director of Graduate School–Chair Pro tem
  • Graduate Faculty (3)
  • Graduate Students (5)

MEETINGS:

The Committee will meet as soon as possible subsequent to the chairperson receiving a written request for a hearing from a graduate student.  A written recommendation shall be submitted to the Interim Provost within one week after the Committee has heard a grievance.  The Interim Provost will respond to the Committee concerning the disposition of the grievance report within one week after his/her having received the report, and the Interim Provost’s decision will be final.

REPORT:

The Committee will submit an annual report of its activities to the Interim Provost by April 15 of each academic year.

Honors Council

CHARGE:

The Honors Council will review and make recommendations to CUO related to the Bryant University Honors Program.  These would include:

  • Review and make recommendations on admissions/entrance/retention requirements for undergraduate honors;
  • Review and make recommendations to Curriculum Committee regarding curriculum requirements for undergraduate honors students;
  • Review and recommendations to CUO relating to undergraduate Honors Program requirements;
  • Approve all proposals for senior honors projects and review the completed work;
  • Make certain that instructors and students are functioning as an Honors community.

MEMBERSHIP (Two-year staggered terms):

  • Honors Coordinator (non-voting)
  • Faculty (4)
  • Ex Officio: Special Advisor to the Interim Provost

REPORT:

Submit an annual report on student projects and the progress of the Honors Program in general to the Interim Provost by June 15 each year.

Scholastic Standing Committee

CHARGE:

The University Committee on Scholastic Standing is responsible for reviewing and recommending standards of academic performance required for the awarding of degrees and academic honors, and the quality of work leading to an academic warning, probationary status, or academic dismissal.

The Committee will meet to hear, review, and decide on the appeals of those students who have been academically dismissed and who request such a review. The initial decision regarding readmission rests with the Committee, which, upon review, will establish the particular conditions for readmission. These conditions may be academic as well as non-academic in nature.

A student who has been readmitted to Probation Status by the Committee and who does not adhere to all the conditions set by the Committee will be dismissed from the University without further appeal to the Committee.  The decision of the Committee may be appealed to the Interim Provost (or his/her designee) for final disposition.

The Committee will establish, at the earliest possible date, written policies and procedures addressing the following areas:  committee confidentiality, requirements for a quorum, role of the chair to the committee, and a philosophy to guide the workings of the Committee.

Recommendations to effect changes in policy and procedure are made to the Interim Provost. The Committee serves as a body of Hearing Officers from which a panel may be selected to preside.  A panel is defined as consisting minimally of three (3) faculty members and two (2) administrators, but it could range upward to include the entire committee membership.

MEMBERSHIP:

  • Administrators (3) – Undergraduate Programs, Student Affairs, Admission
  • Faculty (4) – 1 elected as Chair, another as Vice Chair

NOTE: The VPSA/Dean of Students will serve in an ad hoc capacity on this Committee and vote in the event that someone from that area has not been selected to serve as a regularmember of the Committee.

MEETINGS:

The Committee will meet a minimum of once each year to review the standards of academic performance and at such other times as necessary to hear academic appeals and make recommendations on admission.

REPORT:

A written report will be submitted at the beginning of each semester on the activities of the previous semester to the Interim Provost (e.g., February 10 and September 10).

Undergraduate Student Academic Grievance Committee

CHARGE:

The Committee will hold hearings on academic grievances asserted by undergraduate students.  The appeal process for an academic grievance shall initially be pursued through the faculty member involved, the appropriate chairperson, and the Special Advisor to the Interim Provost. The Committee will meet only when the student has not been able to resolve the grievance through the faculty member, the chairperson, and the Special Advisor to the Interim Provost.  The Committee shall have the authority to make recommendations for disposition of grievances to the Interim Provost.  The Interim Provost will consider the recommendation but will not be bound by the recommendation; his/her decision on the grievance will be final.

MEMBERSHIP:

The composition of the committee will be as follows:

  1. The student/faculty ratio is 4/4; four (4) faculty members and four (4) undergraduate students;
  2. At least one faculty representative must serve from each of the colleges: The College of Business and The College of Arts and Sciences;
  3. One representative of the university administration (preferably from the Registrar’s Office).
  4. Student restrictions are as follows:
    1. Student members must have achieved at least junior status.
    2. Student members must be screened by Academic Affairs for academic integrity, and must have achieved a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  5. The confidentiality statement must be signed and adhered to as a requirement for membership.
  6. The faculty membership term is for two years and staggered for continuity.

MEETINGS:

The Committee will meet as soon as possible subsequent to the Chair receiving a written request for a hearing from an undergraduate student.

A written recommendation will be submitted to the Interim Provost within one week after the Committee has heard a grievance.  The Interim Provost will respond to the Committee concerning the disposition of the grievance report within one week of his/her having received the report; and the Interim Provst’s decision will be final.

REPORT:

The Committee will submit an annual report of its activities to the Vice President for Student Affairs by April 15 of each academic year.

Institutional Review Board on Human Subjects

CHARGE:

The IRB on Human Subjects shall review all federally funded research involving the use of human subjects prior to initiation of that research. Review is voluntary for non-federally funded projects. The IRB exists to help ensure the protection of human subjects used in research projects, to provide guidance to researchers in the design of experiments, to inform and protect the faculty on legal issues, and to provide a process that encourages the review of experimental protocols.

MEMBERSHIP:

IRM members are appointed by the President or his appointed designee. The IRB is composed of six members with varying experience, expertise, background, and gender in order to promote adequate review of research activities. Members include: Two faculty from liberal arts disciplines; two faculty from business disciplines; one administrator who will also serve a record-keeper; and a faculty member who is not affiliated with Bryant University, either directly or indirectly.

MEETINGS:

The IRB will meet as needed to respond to proposals within two weeks, shorter if possible. The IRB will make every effort to prevent the delay of research projects or submission of funding proposals.

REPORTS:

All committee deliberations will be a matter of public record. Minutes will be kept at all committee meetings, and the committee’s decisions on proposals will be communicated in writing to the investigator, the Chair of the investigator’s department, and the Interim Provost. Copies of these minutes and final decisions will be available to the Bryant Community.

The Interim Provost will conduct an annual review of the program to ensure that the review process is adequately serving the research community, and that proper protection is being afforded human subjects.