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 Campus Activity Status is at Level 1. Please consult the list of specific requirements and activity limitations that are in place for current operations. The 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. You may review 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 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

Based on both the general community parameters for the range of activities permissible at Level 1 status (as outlined in the “Range of Permissible Activities for Levels 1-3” section below) and current public health conditions on and near campus at this time, the following requirements and permissible activities are currently in place.

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
  • students: with pod members (a stable group of five people or less, or the number of their immediate room, suite or apartment mates)

Masks and social distancing remain among the most important health and safety measures we can take as individuals and a community. 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 are granted for documented health accommodations.

Students dining and socializing in their pods (a stable group of five or less, or the number of your immediate room, suite or apartment mates) may do so without a mask, but should be especially careful to wear a mask outside of their pod and avoid crossing pods without a mask and social distancing. 

*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 and graduate classes are remote. Warren Alpert Medical School classes are in-person until Thanksgiving Break and then virtual for the remainder of the fall term.
  • Limited in-person library use, subject to re-evaluation in context of health conditions
  • Office hours/advising must be remote

Libraries are open and undergraduate, graduate and medical students can reserve individual study space seating using the Library’s LibCal Seat Booking tool.

The Brown Stage 2 Research Resumption remains in effect, with research activities in approved plans allowed. Laboratories can continue to operate in-person research activities consistent with those plans, including undergraduates who are approved to work in labs. See the recent guidance from OVPR for further information.

Dining/Meals

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

Undergraduate and graduate students with a meal plan can go to three eateries to pick up grab-and go meals: Sharpe Refectory, Verney-Woolley and Andrews Commons. For Andrews, ordering will be required through the Get Food App.

Faculty and staff who are members of the Faculty Club can access meals through the Brown to Table program offered curbside at the club.

Faculty, staff, and graduate and medical students may pick up food and beverages from the Blue Room. Bear Bucks is the only accepted payment option at the Blue Room this fall. You may add funds to your Bear Bucks account and order food through the Get Portal or the Get Mobile App. Self-serve vending machines are accessible in fixed locations.

Socializing and activities

  • No in-person social gatherings or meetings
  • Undergraduate students: Socializing with pod members without masks/social distancing is permitted but only within your pod 

Student organization events, activities and meetings must be virtual. Undergraduate students can dine and socialize in their pods (a stable group of five people or less, or the number of your immediate room, suite or apartment mates) without a mask, but should be especially careful to wear a mask outside of their pod and avoid crossing pods without a mask and social distancing.

A limited number of University spaces inside buildings are available for student use as reservable study space. These include Sayles Hall, Alumnae Hall, and the Kasper Multipurpose Room. Reservations can be made using this LibCal Seat Booking tool.

Academic and administrative meetings and gatherings should continue to be virtual.

Exercise and athletics

  • Outdoors, with masks or social distancing

All community members are strongly encouraged to exercise individually outdoors, on and off campus. Community members are encouraged to take advantage of getting outside as much as possible.

University athletic and recreational facilities — including outdoor fields and courts and the Nelson Fitness Center — are closed.

Off-campus engagement

  • Continue to avoid non-essential activities in the community
  • Undergraduate students: Out-of-state travel permitted only in emergencies and with approval (exception for students leaving Providence for the Thanksgiving Break and not returning until the Spring 2021 term)

Do not dine in-person and do not go to bars.

Additional travel guidance for undergraduate students living on campus can be found on the Travel-related Guidance for Students page.

Other High-Use Campus Facilities and Operations

Operational Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Sundays. 

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

Operational and Online Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 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.

The Library is offering online teaching and research support services, contactless ordering and pickup of books and physical materials, and reservation-based seating for individual study. A full description of these services is available on the Library Fall 2020 website.

Open for student mail services. 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; accepting limited requests for in-person transactions by appointment. See the Office of the Registrar website for more information.

Operational.

The Kasper Multipurpose room is available for informal gatherings and meetings of students by reservation. More information can be found in the Oct. 1, 2020, “Preparing for Hybrid Instruction” community announcement. 

Operating remotely.

Operating remotely.

Operational and online: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. 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

 

Last updated November 18, 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.