Campus Activity Status

This page provides a summary of current COVID-19 health protocols on the Brown University campus.

The COVID-19 Campus Safety Policy reflects current medical and health guidance, regulations of the State of Rhode Island and public health conditions. The policy is an important foundation governing the activities of the entire campus, and all members of the community should carefully review and fully understand the updated policy and their individual responsibilities and obligations. Summary information regarding the current health protocols in place can be found below.

What is Required



  • Testing is mandatory for all employees and students with approved exemptions from vaccination, and optional for all other employees, undergraduate, graduate and medical students who are on campus. Testing requirements and frequency are detailed on the Testing and Tracing page.
  • We strongly advise individuals to take a rapid antigen test prior to attending large indoor gatherings.


  • Required masking indoors: All individuals – regardless of vaccination status – must wear a well-fitting KN95, KF94, N95 or disposable/surgical mask indoors, unless in a private, non-shared space (e.g., office or dorm room) or when actively eating or drinking.
  • Masks can be removed indoors by a speaker while making a presentation or delivering a speech.
  • Carry an approved mask at all times. Acceptable masks on the Brown University campus include KN95, KF94, N95 or disposable/surgical masks. Cloth masks generally do not provide adequate protection and are only acceptable if used over a disposable mask to improve the fit.


The following social distancing standards should be followed by individuals with approved exemptions from vaccination on the Brown campus:

  • Individuals with approved exemptions indoors: Wear a mask and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times (especially when actively eating and drinking, which requires removal of the mask).
  • Individuals with approved exemptions outdoors: Maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; wear a mask if that is not possible.