Student Testing

COVID-19 testing is essential to the University’s success in mitigating spread of novel coronavirus. Routine COVID-19 testing is mandatory for all Brown students who will be on campus regularly. COVID-19 testing is also mandatory for all Brown students who experience or report symptoms.

Brown is committed to protecting the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff, and every member of the 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 students who will be on campus is providing the University an understanding of the incidence of novel coronavirus in the on-campus population and helping to identify the proportion of asymptomatic positives over time.

All students who are 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, all student participants are tested once per week. This means that all students 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 students enrolled in the testing program will be required to complete a COVID-19 symptom tracker through the Verily app.

The following groups of students are not required to participate in the testing program at this time:

  • Students who have chosen to study remotely outside of the Providence area.
  • Graduate students who have chosen the remote study option.
  • Year 3 and Year 4 medical students who conduct work in hospitals and clinical ambulatory settings and are being treated as health care workers.

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.