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.
Program Managers are available to speak with you: 401-232-6200.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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 and Dismissal for Non-Progress
Student progress and performance is regularly monitored and discussed by both the Executive Development Center staff and course instructor throughout the student’s program. Staff and instructors communicate in person, via email and phone.
An on-campus student’s performance will be closely reviewed for the following reasons:
An online student’s performance is closely monitored as follows and is based on the Optimal Completion Timeframe for each course:
If a student shows no activity during one of the above checks, the student will be contacted via email and/or phone by the Executive Development Center staff. The student will be offered support from the staff and instructors to improve their performance based on the course syllabus and Optimal Course Timeframe for the course. A student will be considered below the Optimal Course Timeframe if they fail to complete 50% of the coursework by the mid-way point. Course extensions will be available on a case by case basis. Additional fees may apply.
Any student identified as falling below the academic requirements and making no effort to improve and complete the coursework, as outlined by the Executive Development Center Optimal Completion Timeframe and course syllabus, will be dismissed from their program without the option of course extension. Dismissal will occur using the following criteria:
A student that has a failing or incomplete grade, may apply to retake the course. The student will be charged for the course and will be required to complete the entire course rather than starting the course at their previous end point. The student will be monitored as outline above. If the student is not successful in completion of the course, appropriate guidance will be given to the student and the recommendation will be made to discontinue the course.
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.
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.
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 Subsequent 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.
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.
Student Records and Privacy
Students’ academic records are maintained by the University and are a private matter between the student and the University.
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.
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.