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.

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.