Life on Campus

A robust set of public health protocols is shaping everything from housing and dining to extracurricular events, student support services and athletics for the 2020-21 academic year.

Life on campus during the 2020-21 academic year is different. It continues to be shaped by health protocols that require adherence for every member of the Brown community — not just for the health and safety of students, but also the health and safety of everyone on campus and in the greater community. Students are tested for COVID-19 after they arrive in Providence, and depending on the most up-to-date guidelines from the Rhode Island Department of Health, have observed either a 14-day quarantine or “quiet period” with minimized contact with others on campus and restricted interaction with the community beyond Brown.

As the 2020-21 nears its conclusion in August 2021 while vaccination rates on campus increase and public health conditions improve, the University is gradually reducing the number of health and safety protocols in effect. Updates are continually available via the Messages to the Community page and all current public health protocols are outlined on the Campus Activity Status page.

Signed Commitment to Follow Health Practices

Brown students and employees continue to receive education and support in following these practices so that they can work together to build a healthy community. Students are required to sign a commitment that they will follow required public health practices, and that they understand that disregard of public health practices is a conduct violation that could result in removal from campus. Faculty and staff are required to sign a similar acknowledgement, providing their understanding that violations can lead to disciplinary action.

Last updated July 6, 2021. 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.