We are committed to keeping our community informed with the latest updates on Brown’s COVID-19 planning and response.

After an intensive planning process, Brown unveiled its academic year plans in July 2020, detailing an approach that will bring many students back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester, should the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Rhode Island allow. On Aug. 11, the University outlined a phased approach to welcoming students back — graduate and medical students will come to campus in August and the goal is to bring most returning undergraduates to campus by late September, provided the public health situation improves.

Highlights of Brown's plans for the 2020-21 academic year include the following:

  • To reduce the density of students on campus, Brown will pursue a three-term academic model, and also will implement a robust set of public health practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus and safeguard the health of students, employees and community members. Students will be scheduled to be on campus, if they choose, in phases to reduce density in line with rigorous health protocols.
  • Brown announced on Aug. 11, 2020, a phased approach to bringing students back for the fall semester in light of the shifting public health conditions of the global pandemic. In the first phase of the fall term, all undergraduate classes are being taught fully online until the week of October 5, and only a limited number of undergraduates have been permitted to return and have access to campus. Graduate and medical students have been engaged in instruction since the summer, while the majority of undergraduate students started the Fall 2020 semester studying remotely. The majority of undergraduates who are enrolled are expected to return to campus in phase two. The University announced on Sept. 10, 2020, it is proceeding with phase two of bringing the majority of students back to campus and beginning in-person instruction of small classes the week of Oct. 5. 

  • Students scheduled to be on campus during phase two may choose to study remotely, and any faculty member with health or other concerns may choose to offer instruction remotely. All courses will have a remote learning option.
  • Employees who are able to continue working remotely will continue to do so for the months ahead. Telecommuting policies are currently in effect, and the University will notify all employees of changes or timeline extensions regarding telecommuting as decisions are made.
  • Travel restrictions remain in place, aligned with state law and public health guidance, and access to campus is limited to visitors.

Read more about Brown’s COVID-19 planning in the “Plan for a Healthy and Safe 2020-21."

Messages to the Community

The latest communications to members of the Brown community, sharing information on COVID-19 mitigation efforts, including shifts in academic programming and operations, and health and travel guidance.

Pandemic Planning Groups

Brown President Christina H. Paxson in March 2020 charged several ad hoc administrative committees to provide high-level oversight on ongoing issues arising from the global novel coronavirus pandemic.