Health and Wellness
As part of its mission to provide primary care that is patient-centered, high-quality, confidential, easily accessible and responsive to students’ needs, Health Services will play an essential role in 2020-21 both in the University’s COVID-19 response and for other student health issues and needs.
Health Services will continue to provide routine and primary care by appointment, as well as assistance with concerns related to COVID-19, at its Andrews House location as well as via telehealth visits. To ensure the safety of students receiving care and health providers in the facility, “walk-in” visits are currently prohibited — students can call 401-863-3953 for questions about symptoms or health concerns or to arrange an appointment in person or via telehealth.
In regard to COVID-19, Health Services is in regular contact with the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and following all of their guidelines and recommendations for response. Infection prevention measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of students and staff.
Brown will perform testing of students at Health Services when they have symptoms that may suggest coronavirus illness, using nasopharyngeal swabs, and samples will continue to be sent to Lifespan labs for processing. Testing of symptomatic students and timely results of those tests will aid in the identification of virus on campus and isolation of students who are sick and quarantine of their contacts.
The department will require standard clinical personal protective equipment to perform the tests. An alternate testing site will be identified on campus for Health Services to perform tests to avoid congestion of symptomatic students at facilities, where other students may visit for unrelated issues.
The University has identified staff in Health Services (and in University Human Resources) who are responsible for assisting with contact tracing of students, faculty and staff who test positive for SARS-CoV-2. All of these individuals are completing the “COVID-19 Contact Tracing” training program provided by Johns Hopkins University. Health Services will use an established protocol to follow up on all positive tests in students, identifying potential community contacts using available digital applications and through virtual interviews of those with positive SARS-CoV-2 swabs.
Students who live in private off-campus apartments will also be treated, tested and contact traced through Health Services but will be able to isolate in their apartments rather than campus spaces established for isolation and quarantine.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a range of mental health services to the Brown community, with services available for all current Brown students — undergraduate, graduate and medical — both on or near campus as well as those who will remain away from campus.
CAPS continues to provide services for urgent situations. In those cases, students should access one of the urgent help options immediately, including calling CAPS directly at 401-863-3476. Those who call should follow the prompts to be connected to someone who can help — this is available 24/7, every day of the year, and it can be accessed by Brown students from anywhere.
For the latest information of services available and the best ways to get in touch, students should visit the CAPS website directly or reach our staff via email ([email protected]) so someone from the department can be in touch to help during our business hours.
Student Accessibility Services coordinates and facilitates services for students (including graduate students and postdoctoral trainees with physical, psychological and learning disabilities.
Students who received housing accommodations for 2020-21 prior to the University’s transition to remove learning in March 2020 will hear from the Office of Residential Life about changes to prior housing assignments.
Students who have already been approved for academic accommodations can direct any questions or concerns should reach out to SAS to consult with professional staff. SEAS will continue to work with students and faculty members as they develop their plan for remote learning to ensure that students have the support they need. Students with a disability that conflicts with a remote learning environment or who have specific questions about their accommodations can email SEAS at [email protected] or may leave a voicemail at 401-863-9588.
Students who may need new housing accommodations for 2020-21 should reach out to [email protected]. Those in need of academic accommodations should reach out to [email protected]. For new students, the department’s website includes a registration form and information about how to provide documentation. If you have any questions about documentation, please reach out by email or phone 401-863-9588 during weekday business hours.
Last updated July 7, 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.