Healthy Brown


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

On July 7, 2020, President Christina H. Paxson, announced that Brown will welcome some students back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester, based on expert public health guidance and the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Rhode Island.

  • 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.
  • Students scheduled to be on campus 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.

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.