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Public Safety (DPS)


DPS is available to help 24/7 all year long. Below are our administrative office hours:

Office Hours:
Mon - Fri
8 am - 4 pm

Summer Hours:
Mon - Fri
8:30 am - 4 pm

Contact DPS

Unistructure, Lower Level
Business (401) 232-6001
Information (401) 232-6002
Emergencies (401) 232-6911

At Bryant, we are committed to your safety. The Department of Public Safety is available 24 hours a day. Bryant's combination of location and commitment to keeping students safe makes the University one of the safest campuses. Students who wish to have a DPS staff member escort them to and from any location on campus can call 401-232-6001 to arrange for this service.

Please refer to the Student Handbook for detailed campus regulations regarding alcohol.

Copies of reports are released under the guidelines 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 and are protected under the same law. Requests for copies of reports requires a 24-hour notice and there may be a charge per sheet for these copies.

DPS offers training sessions on CPR, as well as how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The office also conducts specialized training classes for groups around campus with a minimum of 10 people.

For more information, contact Scott Caron, Bryant University’s Fire Marshal, at (401) 232-6001 or scaron1@bryant.edu.

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

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are dispatched through the Department of Public Safety (DPS) on a 24-hour basis. For on-campus emergencies requiring medical assistance, call 401-232-6911.

The Department of Public Safety is committed to the safety and security of the Bryant University Campus and its community. Information and instructions on responding to various emergencies can be found at Emergency Procedures.

For updated information regarding the status of Bryant University please refer to the Bryant emergency website.

The Fire Safety Office is a division of the Department of Public Safety and is committed to ensuring that Bryant University is compliant with all applicable Rhode Island State and federal fire codes. The prevention of loss of life and property due to fire is the main focus of the program. Scott Caron, Bryant University’s Fire Marshal, can be reached at (401) 232-6852 or scaron1@bryant.edu.

For more information, refer to Fire Safety and our Annual Fire and Safety Report.

Bryant DPS works actively to keep the community abreast of suspicious activity, but a safe community requires the joint effort of all community members. If you observe any suspicious behavior that could indicate terrorism or criminal activity, we encourage you to notify DPS so that claims can be appropriately investigated. More information can be found at the link below.

If You See Something, Say Something

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) serves as the lost and found repository at Bryant University. All articles found should be turned into DPS. Claims for lost articles should be made at the DPS office, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4 pm. Articles not claimed within a reasonable time may be disposed of as determined appropriate.

All vehicles belonging to a faculty, staff, or actively enrolled Bryant student are required to be registered with DPS. It is the responsibility of each person who drives and parks on the Bryant campus to be familiar and comply with the Parking and Traffic Rules.

How to obtain a Bryant University Parking Decal
First-year residential students are not permitted to bring vehicles to campus unless granted a special permit by exemption. For all other students, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) establishes and enforces policies for student parking on campus. A valid parking permit is required at all times in any Bryant University parking lot.

Step 1:  Students must visit the Bryant U-Store and pay the $200.00 fee. This parking fee is applicable to residential, commuter, and graduate students.  After paying the parking fee, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to register your vehicle.

Step 2: Register your vehicle information into the Online Permit Registration System by providing your last name and 9-digit Bryant ID number. Be sure to agree to the Terms of Use, then click Log In.

Step 3: Visit the DPS Office Monday – Friday between 8:30 am to 4:00 pm to pick up your placard. Applicants need a current driver’s license, Bryant ID, vehicle registration papers. All parking decals and permits remain the property of the University and can be recalled. For assistance, contact DPS at 401.232.6001 or email dps@bryant.edu.

Dry Seal Decals should be affixed to the lower left inside corner of the windshield (driver's side). Hang tags whether BLC, Handicap placards, or Visitor should be displayed on the rear-view mirror.

Motorcycle permits should be attached to the right front fork or lower left side of the faring (if applicable).

Visitors to any department on campus may pick up a Visitor Parking Pass at the Entry Control Station (ECS). This will allow them to park in the visitor spaces in the front of Lot 'C' in the main parking lot. Vehicles parked in this area without a Visitor's Parking Pass will be cited and/or towed at owner's expense.

Parking and Traffic Rules First Year Resident Student Parking Waiver Petition Form

The Bryant Department of Public Safety undergoes its CALEA accreditation process every four years. The Accreditation Public Comment Portal receives comments regarding an agency's compliance with CALEA standards, community engagement, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status. These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide the participating agency with information to support continuous improvement, as well as foster the pursuit of professional excellence.

Please note that CALEA is not an investigatory body, and subsequently the public portal should not be used to submit information for such purposes. If you are seeking to submit a complaint about an officer's conduct, please do so at the form provided in the "Forms" section of this page. Additionally, there will be no response other than acknowledgement to submissions; however, the information will be considered in context to its relevancy to compliance with standards and the tenets of CALEA® Accreditation.

Public Comment Portal

Rave Guardian is a free mobile app that turns your smartphone into a personal safety device. DPS encourages all students, faculty, and staff to download this app (Apple Store or Google Play) to enhance their personal safety and the safety of their friends. Please refer to RAV Guardian FAQ for additional information.

It is the shared responsibility of every campus community member to report crimes on campus to DPS at 401-232-6001 or if it is an emergency call 401-232-6911.

Do not handle, touch, or remove evidence. Remove yourself if the crime scene is unsafe. Remain calm.


DPS will need to know:

A good description of the culprit including height, weight, color of hair and eyes, clothes, and direction of travel.

Vehicle information including make and model of car, color, and license plate number

Number of persons involved

Date, time and details of the crime


A DPS officer will interview you further to complete the investigation. Some crimes will require the presence and collaboration with the Smithfield Police Department. Any person who is a victim of a crime on campus may request that the Smithfield Police Department also file a report.

The Department of Public Safety is a resource for reporting a sexual assault and is the primary investigative unit for reports of sexual assaults on campus. DPS is not required to forward complaints of sexual assault to local or state police and generally honors the wishes of complainants. Exceptions may occur if the situation involves an ongoing threat to the safety of the Bryant community. To make a report of sexual assault, please call (401) 232-6001 or (401) 232-6911, via email to dps@bryant.edu or through Bryant’s Rave / Guardian app.

DPS works closely with the Hochberg Women’s Center and the University’s Title IX Coordinators and encourages victims to contact the Advocacy Helpline at (401) 258-4209 which is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to assist victims of sexual assault. Other Bryant resources for victims of sexual assault include; Counseling Services bcs@bryant.edu (401) 232-6045, Health Services bhs@bryant.edu (401) 232-6220, and the Campus Ministry Department (401) 232-6553. Representatives from these offices can provide personal advising and counseling, detailed information on health issues and reporting procedures, or referrals to off-campus resources.

Please refer to the Student Handbook for Guest Policy and how to obtain a guest pass.