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 will enable an understanding of the incidence of the virus in the on-campus population and help identify the proportion of asymptomatic positives over time.

Current Criteria for Testing Frequency

For members of the campus community subject to mandatory testing, Brown has developed a set of criteria to determine testing frequency for groups and individuals based on time spent on campus and the amount of contact with other students, faculty and staff.

High Contact — tested two times per week

  • On campus three or more days a week
  • Regular contact with other students, faculty and staff:
    • in-person teaching and/or advising
    • supervision of others, including laboratory research
    • health care workers, receptionists, dining services, custodial, trades and others who have frequent contact with students and/or student living spaces
    • work environments where social distancing is difficult to maintain

Medium Contact — tested one time per week

  • On campus two or less days a week
  • Teaching remotely
  • Less regular contact with students, faculty and staff:
    • on-campus work in private offices
    • on-campus work where social distancing is not difficult to maintain

All individuals will be informed of their classification, and those designated to be tested once a week may opt-in to be tested twice a week if they prefer. Brown’s testing program, including determinations about testing frequency, may continue to evolve in alignment with shifts in public health guidance.

Faculty Testing Frequency

All faculty and instructors who are subject to mandatory testing — those on campus for teaching, research or other purposes — will receive an initial baseline test in late August, early September or the point at which they come to campus. After the baseline test, all faculty participants will be tested according to the following frequency:

  • Faculty who will be on campus three or more days per week and/or have regular contact with students, faculty and staff will be tested twice per week, with approximately three or four days between tests.
  • Faculty who are on campus two days or less per week, have less regular contact with others, and are teaching remotely will be tested once per week (although they may opt-in to be tested twice a week if they prefer).
  • 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) will not be included in the testing program.
  • Warren Alpert Medical School faculty are being treated as health care workers and subject to those guidelines and restrictions and will not be included in the testing program.

Staff Testing Frequency

All staff who are subject to mandatory testing — those authorized to be on campus for anything more than half a day per week — will receive an initial baseline test in late August, early September or the point at which they come to campus. After the baseline test, all staff participants will be tested according with the following frequency:

  • Staff who will be on campus three or more days per week and/or have regular contact with students, faculty and staff will be tested twice per week, with approximately three or four days between tests.
  • Staff who are on campus two days or less per week and have less regular contact with others will be tested once per week (although they may opt-in to be tested twice a week if they prefer).
  • Staff who are working remotely or who are authorized for intermittent access to campus (one-half day per week or less) will not be included in the testing program.

Last updated Oct. 19, 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.