COVID-19 Campus Activity Status

This page provides members of the Brown University community with a guide for complying with current health protocols and required prevention measures while engaged in study, work and living at Brown.

Brown’s current Campus Activity Status is at Level 1. Please consult the list of specific requirements and activity limitations currently in place on campus. The current activities are based on a system of three levels — Level 1/ Level 2/ Level 3 — that offer the Brown community parameters for the range of activities that may be permissible while Brown is at each level, with specified requirements subject to public health guidance. See the parameters of each level in the Parameters for Levels 1-3 section of this page.

All students, faculty and staff are expected to align their activities to adhere to the standards currently in place, and in compliance with the COVID-19 Campus Safety Policy. Additional restrictions may be in place for undergraduate students during the Quiet Period or when any member of our community is in quarantine after traveling to Rhode Island or being exposed to someone who is ill. Please note that the permissible activities for Levels 1-3 are illustrative, and specific guidance will be issued when Campus Activity Status Levels are changed.

Requirements and Permissible Activities Currently In Place for Level 1

Masks and social distancing

Masks at all times unless:

  • alone in room/office
  • engaging in personal hygiene
  • dining (all dining is grab and go)
  • outdoors more than 6 ft apart

All Brown community members, visitors and guests authorized to be on-campus must wear a mask or face covering when in all University buildings (except when alone in a private office, lab or residence), and while in outside public areas where social distancing may be difficult. Face coverings must be worn before entering a University building; while teaching or attending an in-person class or similar activity or function; while walking inside buildings; in areas such as stairwells, elevators, kitchens and bathrooms; and while working, teaching, studying, conducting research or any other activity in the same area as others. Exceptions granted for health accommodations. 

Note: visitors and guests are not currently allowed on campus except as specifically approved in departmental Return to Campus and/or Return to Research plans. 

Learning

  • All undergraduate classes (1 - 1999) remote
  • Office hours/advising remote
  • Libraries are open (see details below)

All undergraduate classes are remote; in-person graduate classes can be offered, effective Sept. 16; and Warren Alpert Medical School classes are in-person. 

Effective Sept. 16, libraries open for online services and reserved study space for graduate and medical students. 

The Brown Stage 2 Research Resumption is in effect, with research activities in approved plans allowed.

Dining/Meals

  • Grab-and-go (see details below)
  • No in-person dining

Phase One On-Campus Undergraduate Students on Meal Plan Who Have Completed the First Quiet Period: Pick up at Verney-Woolley and Andrews Commons, effective Sept. 16 (for Andrews, ordering is required through the Get Food App). 

Phase Two On-Campus Undergraduates on Meal Plan Who Are in the Second Quiet Period (Sept. 18 - Oct. 5): Access meals at one of the three following distribution sites to be assigned based on residence hall proximity — outside of Sharpe Refectory on Wriston Quad, outside of Machado House, and at Ship St. Square in the Jewelry District.

Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Medical students: Optional pick-up/delivery via the Brown Faculty Club or Blue Room and self-serve vending machines in fixed locations.

Socializing and activities

  • Social gatherings or meetings of up to 5 people, preferably outdoors, with masks and/or social distancing. No larger events or social functions unless specifically approved by the Student Activities Office (student organizations) or in Return to Campus plans (administrative and academic departments)
  • No in-person academic or co-curricular meetings or programs except as specifically approved in departmental Return to Campus and/or Return to Research plans

No additions or adjustments to the Level 1 activities above.

Exercise and athletics

  • Outdoors, on campus, with masks or social distancing
  • No indoor fitness center use
  • No organized athletics activities

Exercise outdoors, groups of five or fewer, on- and off-campus, with masks or social distancing; Nelson Fitness Center and indoor athletic facilities closed until plans for reopening safely are approved; and no organized athletics activities.

Off-campus engagement

  • All members of the community are strongly discouraged from going to indoor dining and bars
  • Undergraduate students: No visits to commercial establishments other than buying essentials or attending medical appointments
  • No off-campus in-person student activities, including service, employment or academic or administrative programs, except as specifically approved in departmental Return to Campus and/or Return to Research plans
  • Undergraduate students: Out-of-state travel permitted only in emergencies and with approval.

No additions or adjustments to the Level 1 activities above.

Other High-Use Campus Facilities and Operations

Open as of Sept. 16 for students who have completed Quiet Period. Newly arriving students may use the bookstore in person beginning Oct. 5, at the conclusion of the second Quiet Period. 

Operational Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Operational and Online Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7 pm. Call 401-863-3476 to arrange an appointment.

Operational for Grab and Go; no in-person dining.

Operating remotely.

Operational; service response 401-863-7800 (24/7).

Operating remotely.

Operating remotely.

Limited in-person reservable study space for graduate and medical students available as of Sept. 16, and for undergraduate students beginning Oct. 5 (can begin reserving Sept. 28); online services available.

Open for student mail services, effective Sept. 16; open Oct. 5 to newly arriving students at the conclusion of second Quiet Period. Department mail and packages are available for pick up at the Shipping Services window in the main lobby in Page-Robinson Hall Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Operational 24/7; emergencies, call 401-863-4111, all other calls, 401-863-3322.

Operating remotely.

Operational.

Operating remotely.

Operating remotely.

Operational and online: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am. to 7 p.m.; Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Call 401-863-3953 for an appointment. After hours call 401-863-1330.

Range of Permissible Activities for Levels 1-3

Level 1 More Info ►

Masks and social distancing

  • Masks at all times unless:
  • alone in room/office
  • engaging in personal hygiene
  • dining (note the restrictions on dining)
  • outdoors more than 6 ft apart

Learning

  • All undergraduate classes (1 - 1999) remote
  • Office hours/advising remote
  • Libraries closed, subject to re-evaluation in context of health conditions

Dining/Meals

  • Grab-and-go
  • No in-person dining

Socializing and activities

  • Social gatherings or meetings of up to 5 people, preferably outdoors, with masks and/or social distancing. No larger events or social functions unless specifically approved by the Student Activities Office (student organizations) or in Return to Campus plans (administrative and academic departments)
  • No in-person academic or co-curricular meetings or programs except as specifically approved in departmental Return to Campus and/or Return to Research plans

Exercise and athletics

  • Outdoors, on campus, with masks or social distancing
  • No indoor fitness center use, subject to re-evaluation in context of health conditions
  • No organized athletics activities, subject to re-evaluation in context of health conditions

Off-campus engagement

  • All members of the community are strongly discouraged from going to indoor dining and bars
  • Undergraduate students: No visits to commercial establishments other than buying essentials or attending medical appointments
  • No off-campus in-person student activities, including service, employment or academic or administrative programs, except as specifically approved in departmental Return to Campus and/or Return to Research plans
  • Undergraduate students: Out-of-state travel permitted only in emergencies and with approval
Level 2 More Info ►

Masks and social distancing

  • Masks at all times unless:
  • alone in room/office
  • engaging in personal hygiene
  • dining (note restrictions on dining)
  • outdoors more than 6 ft apart
  • with pod members (students)

Learning

  • Undergraduate classes < 20 students may be in person
  • Limited in-person library use, subject to re-evaluation in context of health conditions
  • Office hours/advising may be in person, with masks (required if indoors) and social distancing, subject to evaluation in context of health conditions

Dining/Meals

  • Grab-and-go
  • Possible limited in-person dining with social distancing, based on evaluation in context of health conditions

Socializing and activities

  • Social gatherings or meetings of up to 15 people, preferably outdoors, with masks and/or social distancing, as approved by the Student Activities Office (student organizations) or in Return to Campus plans (administrative and academic departments).
  • Undergraduate students: Socializing with pod members without masks/social distancing is permitted

Exercise and athletics

  • Outdoors, with masks or social distancing
  • Possible limited indoor fitness center use, based on evaluation in context of health conditions
  • Limited training and practicing in groups of up to 15 people, with masks or social distancing, subject to re-evaluation in context of health conditions

Off-campus engagement

  • Follow city and state guidelines for shopping, dining and public transportation
  • Some off-campus activities may be allowed, based on re-evaluation in context of health conditions
  • Undergraduate students: Out-of-state travel permitted only in emergencies and with approval
Level 3 More Info ►

Masks and social distancing

  • Masks at all times unless:
  • alone in room/office
  • engaging in personal hygiene
  • outdoors more than 6 ft apart
  • with pod members, but pods may increase in size (students)
  • dining while seated (may be required while circulating in shared campus spaces)

Learning

  • Undergraduate classes < 20 students may be in person
  • Extended in-person library use
  • Office hours/advising may be in person, with masks (required if indoors) and social distancing, subject to evaluation in context of health conditions

Dining/Meals

  • In-person dining with social distancing, subject to re-evaluation in context of health conditions
  • More campus eateries open, subject to re-evaluation in context of health conditions

Socializing and activities

  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings and meeting sizes increase, with guidance to be issued for students from the Student Activities Office and for administrative and academic departments from the Provost and EVP for Finance & Administration
  • Undergraduate students: Maximum pod sizes can increase with new guidelines, based on public health conditions

Exercise and athletics

  • Outdoors, with masks or social distancing
  • Expanded indoor fitness center use, subject to re-evaluation in context of health conditions
  • Expanded training and practicing in groups of up to 20 people, with masks or social distancing, subject to re-evaluation in context of health conditions

Off-campus engagement

  • Follow city and state guidelines for shopping, dining and public transportation
  • More off-campus activities may be allowed, based on re-evaluation in context of health conditions
  • Undergraduate students: Out-of-state travel permitted only in emergencies and with approval

How the Activity Levels are Determined

At least twice each week starting when students return to campus, Brown’s Covid-19 Campus Activity Level Review Team will review the data on each of a set of factors (below) that go into assigning the COVID-19 Campus Activity Level. The team will make a recommendation to the President and her senior team as to whether the level should remain the same or be changed.

The factors that go into determining which level the campus is in will be assessed collectively; no single factor by itself should determine the level. The Team will review the results of contact tracing reports and make recommendations on whether any specific actions (over and above changing the level) may reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus. The Team may also make recommendations about changes to any of the activities permitted under each level.

Factors that go into assessing each level include:

The determination of which Level the campus is in is made after assessing the following factors as a group rather than individually.

  • Rhode Island weekly case incidents
  • Asymptomatic test positivity (of faculty, staff and students in the testing program)
  • Symptomatic test positivity (of faculty, staff and students in the testing program)
  • Isolation and quarantine utilization for students
  • Change in weekly case incidence
  • Faculty/staff absenteeism
  • Test turn-around time (from date of collection)

COVID-19 Testing Dashboard

Covid-19 Campus Activity Level Review Team

  • Russell Carey, Executive Vice President for Planning and Policy (chair)
  • Kimberly Almeida, Director, Benefits Operations
  • Amanda Bailey, Vice President for Human Resources
  • Dr. Vanessa Britto, Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Executive Director of Health and wellness
  • Eric Estes, Vice President for Campus Life
  • Matthew Gagnon, Chief Risk Officer
  • Stephen Morin, Senior Director of Environmental Health & Safety
  • Chloe Poston, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity