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

All students who are subject to mandatory testing will receive an initial baseline test in late August, early September, or the point at which they come to campus. After the baseline test, student participants will be tested according with the following frequency:

Undergraduate Testing Frequency

  • Undergraduate students living in campus residence halls or in the Providence area will be tested twice per week. Students who have chosen to live and study in Providence are included, whether they are living on campus in residence halls or nearby as a commuter or student with off-campus permission.
  • Students who have chosen to study remotely outside of the Providence area will not be on campus and will not be tested.

Graduate Student Testing Frequency

  • Graduate students 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.
  • Graduate students 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).
  • Graduate students who have chosen the remote study option will not be on-campus and therefore will not be tested.

Medical School Student Testing Frequency

  • Year 1 and Year 2 medical students and students in the Warren Alpert Medical School’s Gateways programs who are in the Providence area will be tested twice per week.
  • Year 3 and Year 4 medical students who conduct work in hospitals and in clinical ambulatory settings and are being treated as health care workers. They are subject to those guidelines and restrictions and will not be included in the campus testing program.

Last updated August 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.