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, observe either a 14-day quarantine or “quiet period” with minimized contact with others on campus and restricted interaction with the community beyond Brown. The goals of the quiet period include: engaging students in baseline COVID-19 testing; isolating those students who display symptoms; and setting and reinforcing expectations with regard to public health.

For the most up-to-date information on the status of campus activities, consult the policies currently in effect on the Campus Activity Status page.

Other health practices throughout the semester:

  • Access to communal kitchens in on-campus residences is restricted, and the occupancy of gathering spaces remains limited.
  • All members of the Brown community are required to wear masks in public and practice social distancing.
  • Extracurricular activities and events are shaped by the reduced capacity of indoor and outdoor spaces.

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.

With the hope of returning to more traditional daily life at Brown as soon as possible, the University will adjust its approach to areas of campus life as soon as possible, as treatments and eventually a vaccine for coronavirus are more widely available.

Last updated Jan. 5, 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.