Executive Development Center Certificate Program Policies
All Bryant University Executive Development Center students are responsible for complying with the rules, regulations, policies and procedures contained in this publication, and in Executive Development Center announcements which may be issued from time to time.
Becoming an Executive Development Center (EDC) Student
In today’s challenging global economy knowledge is your most valuable asset and education is a pre-requisite to long term success. The Executive Development Center empowers companies and individuals to gain business advantage through its professional certification and certificate programs.
Our programs are available on campus, onsite or online; providing you with the flexibility you need to meet the demands of today’s hectic work schedules.
Prospective students can register into any of our certificate programs via our program website: https://edc.bryant.edu/programs/
Program Managers are available to speak with you: 401-232-6200.
With exception of the Innovative Healthcare Leadership Certificate program, there are no application fees or pre-requisites to enroll into a certificate program. Note: All courses, prerequisites and schedules are subject to change without notice.
Requirements and Prerequisites
Most EDC programs do not require application fees or pre-requisites in order to enroll into a certificate program. Please contact EDC Program Managers for more information. Minimum education equivalent to a US High School Diploma is ideal. Note: All courses, prerequisites and schedules are subject to change without notice.
Schedule of Programs
Many of our Certificate programs are offered both on-campus and online. Our Program Website details current program information and dates: https://edc.bryant.edu/programs/
Each Certificate program has a defined window of time that the Certificate should be completed within.
On-campus Certificate programs are offered as day programs or evening programs. With the exception of the Innovative Healthcare Leadership Certificate program, our online-programs are asynchronous and students can start at any time. Our Innovative Healthcare Certificate Program offers an online cohort experience and specific schedule of courses.
Program Managers are available to speak with you for program selection guidance: 401-232-6200.
Note: All courses, prerequisites and schedules are subject to change without notice.
Payment and Tuition Assistance
Payment of tuition, textbooks (if required) and materials, is required at the time of registration. Confirmation of registration will be issued when payment is received. The EDC accepts cash, checks, company purchase orders, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.
Traditionally, tuition reimbursement requires that you pay for the course, submit proof of payment and upon successful completion of the course (typically a grade report) you will receive your tuition reimbursement. Company policies differ and often require a specific process for qualifying and payment of tuition. Please contact us and we will assist you through the registration process.
Tuition cost may be covered by your company’s tuition assistance program and may also be tax deductible. Consult your HR department and your tax advisor for more information. All Executive Development Center courses are EdLink, EdCor, EdAssist and Tuition Advisory Services™ approved.
Government Assisted Funding
The Executive Development Center is an educational partner for workforce development and training with the Department of Labor and Training (DLT) in both MA and RI.
Government assistance is available for qualified displaced workers through an application process with the Department of Labor and Training via MA and RI offices that are located throughout each state. Please contact our office for more details.
Companies that contribute to the Rhode Island Job Development Fund are encouraged to apply for grants designed to fund training for their employees, available through the Governor's Workforce Board.
Many veterans are faced with the challenges of transitioning to civilian life, including establishing a career. Through military training and experience, you have gained valuable technical skills as well as the core qualities of discipline, leadership, a positive work ethic, and time management. These skills and qualities are highly sought after by employers. Bryant University values and honors our veterans, and we are committed to helping you in the process of transitioning to your next career.
For more information, contact Adriana Cavaliere at 401-232-6207 or e-mail email@example.com .
Cancellation, Postponement, Withdrawal and Refunds
The EDC reserves the right to cancel, reschedule or alter fees for any course, or to change the instructor. Cancellation/delay of all Bryant University classes, due to weather conditions, will be announced over local radio and television stations. A detailed message will also be available by calling the University’s emergency line at (401) 232-6002. The announcement to cancel or delay classes will also be available on the university website at www.bryant.edu.
When individual EDC sessions are postponed or cancelled, students will be notified via a phone call/voicemail and email. Any cancelled classes will be rescheduled and communicated by the Program Coordinator.
On Campus Courses Withdrawal:
Requests for withdrawal must be made in writing. E-mail to a program manager and/or coordinator is acceptable. A 100 percent refund will be issued if withdrawal request is received on or before 15 business days prior to the start date of the course. If you are unable to attend your paid on campus course, we will accept a substitute in your place. Please contact your Program Manager for further assistance. Books are non-refundable and non-returnable for any/all of our programs and will be charged accordingly.
Online Courses Withdrawal:
There are no refunds for any online programs. Upon registration and/or receipt of your access codes, no refunds will be issued. Books are non-refundable and non-returnable for any/all of our programs and will be charged accordingly.
Cancellation/delay of all Bryant University classes, due to weather conditions, will be announced over local radio and television stations. A detailed message will also be available by calling the University’s emergency line at (401) 232-6002. This number is updated daily at 6:30AM and 3:30PM. The announcement to cancel or delay all Bryant University classes will also be available on the University website at www.bryant.edu . Where possible, additional notice of EDC sessions cancelled due to inclement weather, will be communicated to EDC students via phone call/voicemail and email.
It is also recommend that you call the main line at the EDC office at 401-232-6200 for Executive Development Center specific class cancellations.
Attendance and Leave of Absence
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. Certificate program syllabi include attendance and coursework requirements. 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. 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:
Each Certificate program has a defined window of time that the certificate should be completed within. EDC students who require to take a Leave of Absence, will have up to 1 year from original course enrollment date to return to the certificate program. Students are to contact the EDC office in the event of situations requiring a Leave of Absence. In turn, the EDC Office will provide initial notification of the student’s absence to her/his professors for the current program. However, this will not preclude or replace the necessary communication between the student and the professor regarding the absence.
Student progress is monitored throughout their entire program, through regular email and phone correspondence. If students are not on track, or struggling to meet academic requirements, support from our office and instructors is offered. If students do not improve or complete their program by the required timeframe, the student is issued an Incomplete or failing grade. Extensions are available on a case by case basis.
A student can reapply to take a course again, if they have failed or were graded incomplete. The course would need to be paid for again and started again - the student could not pick up where they left off. All students are monitored for progress and a program manager is brought in to handle the situation if students are continuing to fail and not complete courses. Appropriate guidance is given to students and recommendations are made if it is not in the students’ best interest to continue.
Waiving or Substituting Courses
With the exception of our Financial Planning Certificate and Human Resource Management Certificate, studies at other Universities do not transfer in to our programs, as certificate programs require a very specific number of contact hours. Financial Planning Certificate and Human Resource Management Certificate students are allowed up to (2) courses to be transferred in. Financial Planning Certificate and Human Resource Management Certificate students may request waivers for successful completion of a similar course taken at another institution (must include a transcript and course syllabus). The waiver request should be submitted to the EDC Director and the decision is at the Director’s discretion.
Military credits and training may be submitted for evaluation as well.
Note: Certificate programs are non-credit and are not classified as undergraduate or graduate programs and cannot be categorized as full-time or part-time.
Academic / Graduation Requirements
Students must pass all of their required courses, with a grade of C or better, in order to successfully complete a certificate program and must have not engaged in any misconduct.
We award a letter grade (A-F) based upon your score out of 100. A grade of ‘I’ for Incomplete is assigned when coursework is not completed within the allotted timeframe. A grade of ‘P’ for Pass is assigned when coursework is not assigned but attendance and participation is satisfactorily noted.
Academic Grievance Process
Students who have academic grievances are entitled to have their dispute reviewed by a formal and systematic process. Students have sixty (60) days from the time the grade is posted to initiate their concerns in writing to the professor of the course. This process should begin with a good-faith attempt for resolution between the student and professor. In the event that an issue cannot be resolved between student and professor, the student must subsequently confer with the Program Manager of the professor involved to seek resolution of the matter.
Ethical Conduct and Plagiarism
During a Certificate program you will engage in online and offline research. We certainly encourage this. Proper attribution, attention to copyright laws and also full disclosure of sources is mandatory. We reserve the right to withhold grades from, suspend or expel, participants engaging in unprofessional or unethical practices.
A high standard of conduct is expected. Each Bryant student, accordingly, understands that to submit work that is not his/her own is not only a transgression of University policy but also a violation of personal integrity. The academic community, therefore, does not tolerate any form of “cheating” – the dishonest use of assistance in the preparation of outside or in-class assignments.
As students at Bryant University you are privileged members of an academic institution with high standard for academic integrity and conduct. Student dishonesty will NOT be tolerated. Any student who plagiarizes any portion of a paper, cheats, or shares assignment answers will receive a 0 (zero) for that assignment, a lowering of the final grade, and/or failure in the course. More serious sanctions are also possible. Ignorance of University policy is NOT a valid excuse. If you are not sure whether you are plagiarizing or not, please check with your instructor.
Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism include but are not limited to:
All violations are subject to disciplinary action. To preserve its commitment to the high standards of intellectual and professional behavior, Bryant University will respect intellectual excellence and expect intellectual honesty.
Behavior, Discipline and Dismissal
Members of the Bryant University community, including students of the EDC, are expected to exhibit considerate and appropriate behavior. The University expects students to assume responsibility for their actions. It also has an equal obligation to protect its educational purpose and the interests of its student body; therefore, it must be concerned with the actions of individuals or groups that are in conflict with the welfare and integrity of the University or in disregard for the rights of other students, faculty, or other members of the University community.
When students enroll at Bryant University it is assumed that they have a serious purpose and a sincere interest in their own social and intellectual development. It is also assumed that students familiar with the regulations, procedures, and policies set forth at Bryant University have accepted them as a “way of life” during their studies with the University.
Students are subject to federal, state, and local laws as well as University rules and regulations. Examples of prohibited behavior are:
Student status is a privilege subject to certain expectations. EDC reserves the right to suspend or dismiss students at any time for conduct that Bryant University deems to be detrimental to the Bryant University community or that violates laws of the State of Rhode Island or the United States.
As these are non-credit certificate programs and students are not considered full time, there is usually never a need to ‘dismiss’ a student. However, in extreme circumstances, a student can be dismissed at any time, for conduct that Bryant University deems to be detrimental to the Bryant University community or that violates laws of the State of Rhode Island or the United States.
Bryant University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law in admission to, participation in, or administration of its educational programs and activities; in employment; or in its other programs and activities.
Notice to People with Disabilities
Bryant University and the EDC attempts to make its classes, programs, events and services accessible by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations. If you need accommodations to participate in any class, program or event offered by the EDC please contact the EDC Director at firstname.lastname@example.org . Requests for accommodations should be made at the time of registration. Arrangements for all accommodations requested less than two weeks before the start of the program/course(s) cannot be guaranteed, and many accommodations take time to arrange. It is in your best interest to make your formal requests as early as possible to ensure accommodations are in place prior to the start of the program/course(s). Failure to do so might limit our ability to meet your needs.
Please note that modifications cannot be made to curriculum.
Student Records and Privacy
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 EDC disciplinary records are maintained by the Director of the EDC. These records are not forwarded outside the University, except with the permission of the student or by judicial order. Academic records are maintained permanently.
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:
2. Who has access to records.
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. Copies of Records:
6. Student Directory Information:
7. 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.