Safety in Instruction

An extensive set of health protocols have been designed to keep students and instructors safe during the course of instruction.

For academic year 2020-21, all students will be given the option to take courses remotely, whether they are on campus or not. Additionally, faculty with health or other concerns have the option to teach, mentor and advise online in the fall. Should the public health situation not improve, this option will be extended throughout the spring and summer semesters as well.

The limit on in-person class sizes to those with fewer than 20 students will enable safe distancing of students and instructors within classrooms, and we have developed plans for every classroom space that allow for 6-foot or greater separation between individuals and 3-foot circulation zones. For the most up-to-date information on the status of in-person instruction on campus, consult the policies currently in effect on the Campus Activity Status page.

Cleaning between classes

Students and instructors exiting classes will be asked to wipe down physical property (desks, chairs, lecterns, etc.) between class sessions. Incoming students and teachers will be instructed to repeat the wipe down of physical property before the start of a class.

Distancing during class changes

Students and faculty will have 10 minutes between courses to pass through corridors safely and exit/enter buildings. Signage throughout physical spaces will instruct individuals to practice safety while moving through a building and to avoid congregating in large groups and loitering. Effort will be made to stagger classroom use to avoid large congregations of individuals in a building between class periods.

Face coverings

All students (as well as faculty and staff) will be given three reusable face masks that they must wear at all times on campus when they cannot continuously maintain social distancing, including in the classroom.

Last updated Oct. 5, 2020. Information on this page may be updated as the University’s planning evolves and/or public health guidance prompts a shift in Brown’s operations and protocols.