Employee Testing

Routine testing is essential to the University’s success in mitigating spread of novel coronavirus, and testing is mandatory for all Brown faculty and staff who are authorized to be on campus regularly.

Brown is committed to protecting the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff, and every member of the campus community has a role to play in ensuring a safe campus for themselves and others with whom they interact. In order to maintain a healthy and safe community during a pandemic, to the best extent practicable, it is critical to identify and stop the spread of virus at the earliest possible stages.

Regular testing of all faculty and staff authorized to be on campus regularly provides the University with an understanding of the incidence of the virus in the on-campus population and is helping to identify the proportion of asymptomatic positives over time.

All faculty and staff who are on campus regularly are required to participate in the testing program. All community members subject to mandatory testing receive an initial baseline test at the point at which they come to campus (at the start of a semester, or in resuming on-campus work, for example). Effective June 1, 2021, after baseline testing is completed, faculty and staff are tested once per week. This means that all faculty and staff in the testing program must schedule and complete a test every seven days, even if they have no other plans on campus for that week. Prior to scheduling a COVID-19 test each week, all faculty and staff enrolled in the testing program will be required to complete a COVID-19 symptom tracker through the Verily app.

The following groups of faculty and staff are not required to participate in the testing program:

  • Faculty who choose to teach remotely and are not conducting research on campus or who are authorized for intermittent access to campus (one-half day per week or less).
  • Warren Alpert Medical School faculty are being treated as health care workers and subject to those guidelines and restrictions.
  • Staff who are working remotely or who are authorized for intermittent access to campus (one-half day per week or less).

Last updated June 9, 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.