Student Arrival

Students studying in Providence will need to meet several requirements for the unique public health circumstances of life at Brown during the pandemic.

This page is for Brown undergraduate and graduate students who will be enrolled in instruction at Brown and living in Providence during the 2020-21 academic year. It outlines what is required and also strongly recommended of you before you come to campus and upon your arrival.

In light of upward trends of COVID-19 cases nationally, President Christina H. Paxson announced Aug. 11 that Brown will take a phased approach to bringing students back for the fall semester.

In the first phase of the fall term, all undergraduate classes will be taught fully online from September 9 until the week of October 5, and only a limited number of undergraduates will be permitted to return before Labor Day. Students enrolled for the fall who don’t receive permission to live on campus in the first phase will be permitted to come to campus in a second phase of move-in that will begin in late September, provided the public health situation improves. We recommend that students living off campus delay their arrival until late September.

Required Prior to Your Arrival

  • Sign Brown’s student commitment statement that makes clear the guidelines you will follow this fall term. The document includes an acknowledgement that failure to comply with public health guidelines during and after the “quiet period” that will begin each term will result in a conduct process with sanctions up to and including removal from campus and/or academic suspension. We encourage you to read the elements of the commitment prior to your arrival, and you will receive a link to the commitment form to be signed as part of your online training, based on the timing of your arrival.
  • Make plans for travel ensuring you honor your scheduled move-in date if you are living in a residence hall.
  • Sign up for Brown’s testing and symptom-tracking program. COVID-19 testing is mandatory for all Brown community members who are authorized to be regularly on campus and all students who live in the City of Providence, even if learning remotely. All testing costs will be paid by Brown. Undergraduate students living in residence halls or off campus in Providence will be tested twice (2X) per week. Undergraduates who have chosen the remote study option and are living outside of Providence will not be tested. Please visit the Testing & Tracing section of this Healthy Brown website to ensure you are well informed about the testing program. You will receive further information, including how to schedule your first test, prior to your arrival.
  • If you are living in a residence hall, prepare to move in with minimal belongings. Ensure you have everything you will need for just your first two weeks, including academic materials, personal hygiene supplies and prescriptions. The Brown Bookstore and mailroom will not be available during the “quiet period.” Please limit the number of family members who will help you move in to no more than two people.

Strongly Recommended Prior to Your Arrival

  • If possible, get a COVID-19 test before traveling to Providence, especially if you have any symptoms, have high-risk contacts, or have been in high-risk roles over the summer months. If you test positive, isolate at home until a physician clears you to travel.
  • Follow public health guidelines for the 14 days prior to your arrival. Students who arrived in Rhode Island earlier this summer should also follow these guidelines for 14 days before the semester begins:
    • limit and keep track of social contacts and avoid gatherings of greater than five people 
    • wear a mask or face covering in all public settings both inside and outside
    • practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet
    • frequently wash your hands
  • Follow public health guidelines as you travel to Brown, including wearing a mask in all public settings both inside and outside, maintaining social distancing of 6 feet whenever possible, and frequent hand washing and/or using hand sanitizer during your journey.
  • Delay your return to campus if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, and get cleared by a health professional before you return to Providence.
  • Sign up for the CRUSH COVID Rhode Island app, which can track your movements (in a confidential way) and help you record your contacts. If you become ill with COVID-19, you can decide to share this information with contact tracers.

Required When You Arrive in Providence

  • Participate in regular COVID-19 testing starting with a test upon your arrival. Again, twice-weekly testing will be mandatory for students who live in Brown residence halls or off campus in Providence.
  • Monitor yourself daily for COVID-19 symptoms using the online tracker supplied by Brown’s testing vendor.
  • Follow the COVID-19 Campus Safety Policy, which establishes standards, expectations and requirements to protect health and safety for all who live, work and study at Brown.
  • Follow protocols for personal health and limiting the spread of viruses. This includes limiting social gatherings, wearing a mask or face covering in public settings, physical distancing of at least 6 feet, frequent hand washing, and cleaning high-touch surfaces.
  • Comply with new practices for dining that will be designed in line with public health protocols (this information will be communicated to students closer to arrival, based on the public health circumstances at that time).
  • Contact Health Services immediately if you experience symptoms of COVID-19, as defined by the CDC, or receive a positive test result administered outside of Brown.
  • Follow all required health protocols if you test positive. Students living on campus will be reassigned to self-isolate in special on-campus housing, and students living off campus will self-isolate in their off-campus housing except in extraordinary circumstances. 

For more information on health protocols and other prevention measures, visit the Prevention section of this Healthy Brown website. Also visit the FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions about resources, dining and other elements of operations.

Last updated August 11, 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.