Travel-related Guidance for Students

Travel-related guidance for undergraduate students

Please find below travel-related guidance for undergraduate students. We encourage you to review these guidelines and to reach out to [email protected] with specific questions that are not addressed below.

  1. Brown-Sponsored Travel: Brown has extended the suspension of all international and domestic travel organized, sponsored by or supported by the University, until further notice. All undergraduate students are prohibited from travel as part of any University-sponsored program. This includes travel for all academic programs, student organizations and Brown research. Find more information on this policy.
  2. Personal Travel Guidance: Brown strongly urges all members of the University community, including students, to avoid all non-essential personal travel to international and domestic destinations, and to minimize off-campus activity to the greatest extent possible. Students who plan to travel to their home residence, and who will remain at their residence and not return to campus, are exempt from this guidance. The University is unable to support the health, safety, travel and academic needs of community members on personal travel.

Brown follows the guidelines for COVID-19 travel restrictions set forth by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) regarding return to Rhode Island from international and domestic travel. For domestic travel, return from states with a community spread rate of higher than 5% as set forth on a list maintained by RIDOH must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days or until they receive a negative COVID-19 test (review any applicable exceptions on the Rhode Island Department of Health website).

General Guidance

  Travel Permitted?  
Off-Campus Travel Purposes Quiet Period / Level 1* Level 2✝* Level 3✝* When you return to campus
Non-essential Activities (shopping, bars, dining, fitness and recreation facilities, etc) No No Yes Practice essential steps for good hygiene and self-monitor for symptoms of flu, etc.
Employment (non-campus based employment) No Yes, within RI Yes
Volunteer/Service work No No Yes
Health (medical treatments) Yes** Yes, within RI** Yes
Family/Personal Emergencies Contact Student Support Services Yes*** Yes

*For more information about Brown’s levels, please refer to the COVID-19 Campus Activity Status page.
✝Students must follow all RI DOH directives and guidance
**Students who need to travel outside of RI should Coordinate with Health Services (student should contact [email protected] - a dean will case manage and coordinate with UHS as needed).
***Students who must leave campus to travel outside of Rhode Island for emergency or essential purposes, must first check in with Student Support Services for guidance on the protocol for returning to campus.

Last updated Nov. 24, 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.