Brown's protocols for 2020-21 reflect the commitment to health and safety while supporting the continuity of education and research that is part of the core of the University's academic mission.

Central to Brown’s mission is teaching and research, and the University engaged in extensive planning for months to develop plans for conducting these activities in healthy and safe manner for the 2020-21 academic year. The mode of how Brown is delivering the educational experience this academic year looks different than in past years, and it is based on the best expert advice for safeguarding the health of Brown’s community and maintaining Brown’s high standards of teaching and learning.

Revised Academic Calendars

The University has shifted academic calendars and/or modes of instruction for undergraduates, graduate students and medical students for the 2020-21 academic year.

Academic Policies

Amid the pandemic, a revised set of academic policies for the College and Graduate School are designed to support the active participation of both instructors and students during online and hybrid instruction.


Brown is committed to sustaining and expanding critical research, and doing so in a safe manner through a robust set of protocols amid the global pandemic.

Teaching and Learning

The three-term model for 2020-21 has included transitioning the majority of Brown courses to online/remote/hybrid instruction, guided by a set of principles to support health and safety for all members of the community.