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 optional for all employees, undergraduate, graduate and medical students who are on campus, regardless of vaccination status. Rapid antigen tests are widely available from a variety of sources, and insurance companies are now reimbursing the costs of tests. Community members should consider taking a rapid antigen test when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.


  • Wearing masks is strongly recommended for all Brown community members when indoors with large numbers of people, regardless of vaccination status, including on the Brown University shuttle. Masking can help limit the rate of spread of COVID-19 and common respiratory viruses, particularly during periods of high transmission.

    Masking continues to be required for all community members in the following locations and circumstances: 
    • Health care facilities, including the Health & Wellness Center;
    • Classes where the instructor requires students to wear masks; and
    • Meetings where the host requires attendees to wear masks (for example, a faculty or staff member meeting with a student in their office may require the student to wear a mask during the meeting).
  • While masking is optional, those with approved exemptions from vaccination can help limit their risk of transmission by continuing to adhere to masking guidance indoors, on shuttles, etc.
  • 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.
  • Carry an approved mask at all times and respect personal choices: Brown community members should carry a well-fitting KN95, KF94, N95 or disposable/surgical mask at all times in case a situation arises where a mask is required (such as a host’s preference at a meeting or other situation listed above). We also encourage all students, staff and faculty to wear a mask whenever you choose to do so and for any reason (including personal and community protection against seasonal flu and colds). This personal choice should be respected. As with vaccination status, no one should ask another individual about their personal choice to wear a mask.

Last updated Jan. 23, 2023. 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.