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 (to being an academic term, for example). After the baseline test, student participants are tested according with the following frequency:

Undergraduate Testing Frequency

  • Undergraduate students living in campus residence halls or in the Providence area are required to be tested twice per week and must schedule and complete a test every three to four days. 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 are not 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 are required to be tested twice per week and must schedule and complete a test every three to four days. Students in this cohort must be tested twice per week, even if they have no other plans on campus for that week.
  • Graduate students who are on campus two days or less per week, have less regular contact with others, and are teaching remotely are required to be tested once per week and must schedule and complete a test every seven days (although they may opt-in to be tested twice per week if they prefer). Students in this cohort must be tested at least once per week, even if they have no other plans on campus for that week.
  • Graduate students who have chosen the remote study option will not be on-campus and therefore are not 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 are required to be tested twice per week and must schedule and complete a test every three to four days.
  • 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 Feb. 17, 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.