Because of high rates of infection in many parts of the country, it is likely that even with the best of efforts, some students will have either pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic coronavirus infections when they arrive at Brown to begin a new semester. In the first two weeks after students arrive for the start of a new 2020-21 academic year term, our aim will be to identify infections and prevent their spread.
To that end, Brown undergraduate students are asked to comply with a “Quiet Period” of 14 days prior to the start of in-person classes. This period of observation and self-monitoring is consistent with CDC and Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) guidelines, and reflects the advice of public health and medical experts at Brown. The protocols of the “Quiet Period” are challenging to follow, but we cannot stress how important it is for undergraduate students to adhere to them.
The “Quiet Period” applies to all Brown undergraduate students regardless of pre-arrival test status (including antibody testing) and geographical point of departure. The goal is to identify infections and prevent their spread, recognizing that some students will have either pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic coronavirus infections when they arrive at Brown because of high rates of infection in many parts of the country.
By engaging in this required Quiet Period, you help to protect the health of each other as well as faculty, staff, and Providence residents, and help to ensure that we have a successful term.
Graduate students traveling to Providence are expected to follow the current quarantine guidelines of the RIDOH. Graduate students are required to remain away from campus during the Quiet Period, with the following exceptions for graduate students approved for campus roles, including research:
- Graduate students who were approved for return to campus during the fall term and who will be continuing their on-campus roles are exempt from the Quiet Period.
- Graduate students who have completed a full quarantine in advance of the Quiet Period and are approved for on-campus roles may access campus.
- All graduate students accessing campus will be enrolled in the COVID-19 testing program protocols.