Quiet Period

As a core prevention measure, undergraduate students living on campus will be required to observe a seven-day Quiet Period, which includes a period of time at the semester's start when students will be expected to remain in their residence halls except for a limited number of specific essential activities.

Because of high rates of infection in many parts of the world, 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 week 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 seven 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 spring 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.

Quiet Period Guidelines

Quiet Period will be held May 12-19 for a full 7-day duration. Quiet Period begins following undergraduate student move-in which is held May 9-11. Quiet Period can be fulfilled in assigned spring or summer housing, and moving from spring to summer assigned housing is permitted during Quiet Period. Students are required to enroll in Brown’s COVID-19 testing program and will be tested for COVID-19 on days two and five of the Quiet Period. 

Summer Residential Coordinators must return to campus by May 1 to begin their 7-day Quiet Period. Students arriving on or after May 14 require Residence Life approval and will be housed in temporary housing for a 7-day quarantine period.

Undergraduate students living on campus:

  • Are required to remain in their residence halls upon arrival while wearing masks and ensuring social distancing of at least 6 feet whenever possible, unless alone in their rooms.
  • Are not permitted to leave their residence hall except to get a COVID-19 test, receive care from Health Services by appointment, or to pick up grab-and-go dining hall meals.

Undergraduate students living off campus:

  • Are required to quarantine in off-campus housing in accordance with the guidance from RIDOH. Note that RIDOH has determined that college students cannot “test out” of quarantine early.
  • Are required to remain off campus with no access to campus buildings including residence halls during the 7-day “Quiet Period” on campus. 
  • Are not permitted to come to campus except to get a COVID-19 test, access grab-and-go dining (for students on meal plan and only while wearing masks and social distancing at least 6 feet), receive care from Health Services by appointment, or if they have been cleared to work in a lab.

Support During the Quiet Period

If undergraduate students have urgent needs during the Quiet Period, they should contact Student Support Services (401-863-3145) during business hours or the Administrator On-Call (401-863-3322) after business hours.

Last updated April 21, 2021. 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.