Visiting Campus

Amid the global pandemic, and aligned with public health guidance, a set of policies outlines the limits to accessing Brown's campus for visitors.

Visitors to Campus

Until health conditions and state guidance allow for less restricted travel to and from campus, all non-essential visitors are discouraged from coming to campus. Parents and family members are considered essential visitors during the process of helping students move on or off campus. 

All in-person tours, information sessions and visits for prospective and admitted undergraduate, graduate and medical students, delegations and special groups are cancelled for the Fall 2020 semester.

Visiting Brown

Non-Degree Visiting and Exchange Students, Visiting Faculty and Researchers, and General Visitors

The University is carefully and thoughtfully considering the implications for non-degree visiting and exchange students, visiting faculty and researchers, and general visitors in its plans for the 2020-21 academic year. 

Brown continues to value the contributions that Brown’s visiting and exchange programs bring to our academic community, but the pandemic and related public health actions have significant implications for successfully hosting non-degree visiting and exchange students, visiting faculty and researchers, and general visitors at Brown for the coming year. Consequently, the following temporary operational changes related to these visitors are in place for Fall 2020. 

With the exception of those who are teaching in the Fall 2020 semester, or who are required for essential on-site research, lab and instructional duties:

  • Non-degree, visiting undergraduate, graduate and medical students (domestic and international) will not be allowed to attend in person in the Fall 2020 semester. (Note: This restriction does not apply to initiatives of the Brown-Tougaloo Partnership, undergraduate cross-registration programs with Wheaton College and RISD, graduate cross-registration programs with Harvard University and RISD, the Graduate School Exchange Scholar Program, or participants in the Employee Education Program or those approved for essential research.)
  • Visiting and adjunct faculty, and postdoctoral scholars who are teaching in the Fall and other individuals required for/involved in essential research should limit their time on campus to the hours required for classroom instruction office hours, and/or research activities if either are being held in person. The University has established detailed policies for on-campus operations for individuals with roles or work designated as “essential.” Visiting and adjunct faculty, postdoctoral scholars and other individuals required for/involved in essential research who are authorized to be on campus will need to comply with University safety policies regarding COVID-19, complete any required training related to those policies, and may be subject to mandatory testing for COVID-19 depending on the nature of their role and amount of time on campus. Amid the uncertainty of the pandemic, please be aware that Brown may need to make adjustments to these guidelines if public health guidance changes. For more information on designated essential roles, visiting and adjunct faculty, postdoctoral scholars and other individuals required for/involved in essential research should consult their department chair and dean, as well as the FAQs for Staff & Managers (from University Human Resources), and Faculty.

Requests for required essential on-campus research in the Fall 2020 semester by visiting and adjunct faculty,  postdoctoral scholars and other individuals required for/involved in essential research must be submitted by the department chair/center director to the Research Continuity Committee in the Office of the Vice President for Research via the process outlined on the Resuming Research web page.

The University will continue to monitor the evolving circumstances and will provide further guidance and updates to visitors regarding the spring semester as more information becomes available. 

Admissions Tours

Campus tours and listening sessions organized through Brown’s Office of College Admission will remain suspended until health conditions and state guidance allow for these events to resume safely. Updates will be posted to this page and to the Undergraduate Admission website.

Brown does not track interest in the University demonstrated by prospective students, and students who are unable to visit campus in the absence of tours will face no disadvantage in the admissions process. And all prospective students and families are encouraged to connect with Admission Officers and current students and experience Brown through the University’s virtual campus tour.

The Office of College Admission can be reached at (401) 863-2378 or [email protected].

Virtual Information Sessions Hosted Virtual Campus Tour

Events and Conferences

The University encourages all campus community members and potential visitors to campus to prepare for the likelihood that at least for the fall term, in-person events and conferences will be limited and small. All events will be shaped by reduced capacity of space, social distancing, hand washing, masks and other health protocols.

As changes in state guidance regarding crowd sizes are activated, the University will adjust its operations to accommodate the various levels of possible group sizes.

Given the importance of campus events in sustaining community on campus, Brown remains committed to supporting students, faculty and staff in developing virtual events while in-person activities are impossible or greatly restricted. Students will be able to participate remotely in a variety of activities and events organized by student organizations, academic departments and centers, and other offices across campus. The Office of University Event and Conference Services has provided a guide to managing major events during this time.

Many of Brown’s virtual events are open to the public. The [email protected] calendar remains the most up-to-date source available to members of the greater community interested in events, whether in-person or virtual.

Among the common questions Brown continues to received is whether the University has made a decision about the date for graduation and reunion ceremonies for students entering their senior year. Commencement and Reunion Weekend will, assuming public health conditions allow large events to safely take place, be held April 30 to May 2, 2021, following the end of the spring term. Brown will honor the Class of 2020, which had their Commencement activities delayed, and the Class of 2021 during the weekend’s events. Further information will shortly be available on the Commencement website.

Additional details about events and extracurricular activities on campus is available in the Life on Campus section of this website.

Athletics Events

Updated information on athletics events at Brown will be made available throughout the 2020-21 academic year on the Athletics and Recreation page as well as the Brown Athletics website.

Last updated August 29, 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.