Athletics and Recreation

The pandemic’s evolution and public health guidance from officials will guide phased decision-making on varsity athletics, recreational programs and fitness facilities.

On July 8, the Ivy League Council of Presidents announced a league-wide decision — given the state of the pandemic and campus policies in place at the league's member schools, it will not be possible for Ivy League teams to participate in intercollegiate athletics competition prior to the end of the fall semester.

The decision applies to all fall varsity sports competition at Brown as well as winter and spring sports competition that typically takes place in the fall semester. A decision on the remaining winter and spring sports competition calendar, and on whether fall sport competition might be feasible in the spring, will be determined by the league at a later date.

While all competition is cancelled, fall sports programs will be permitted to phase in training and practice activity beginning with the start of classes. Moving forward with any of those phases will only happen if health conditions allow and as campus policies and guidance from health officials allows.

With intercollegiate athletics cancelled, the importance of those teams and games to both individual students and the community as a whole will be acknowledged during the fall, and efforts will be made to realize the community-building benefits of intercollegiate athletics, even while their activities are limited.

Decisions on fitness facilities and recreational programs will be made in accordance with public health guidelines and recommendations as the academic year approaches and may shift as the pandemic evolves and health guidance changes. For the most up-to-date information on the status or fitness and recreational programs, consult the policies currently in effect on the Campus Activity Status page.

Last updated Oct. 5, 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.