January 21, 2021
Associate VP for Campus Life, Executive Director of Health & Wellness Vanessa Britto, Associate VP for Campus Life, Dean of Students Koren Bakkegard
Tags Undergraduates Grad and Medical Students

To Brown Campus Community: Stage Two of Quiet Period


Dear Students, 

We are pleased to share that based on current health indicators, students living on campus and in Brown-leased properties away from the University’s physical campus may proceed to stage two of the Quiet Period starting on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 6 a.m. We know that the limitations in place during stage one can be challenging, and we appreciate your efforts to help protect our community’s health. 

In stage two, you are permitted to leave your residence for limited, essential movement on campus, but you cannot have in-person contact with the community beyond Brown’s physical campus – including students living off campus – until Wednesday, Jan. 27. Only students assigned to Brown-owned or Brown-leased residences may enter these residences during the spring semester.

You are now permitted to engage in the following activities:

  • outdoor exercise or recreation on campus only; wearing a mask is required unless you are able to easily, continuously and measurably maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet
  • gather in groups, preferably outdoors and on campus only, of no more than 5 students (who also live on campus); wearing a mask is required unless you are able to easily, continuously and measurably maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet
  • order contactless food delivery directly to your residence hall 

You should not gather in residence hall rooms, hotel rooms or other indoor areas without masks if social distancing is impossible. 

Starting on Saturday, Jan. 23, students with a spring meal plan who live on the University’s physical campus can go to any on-campus dining location to access meals. Students housed at River House and Chestnut Commons will continue to have meals delivered through Jan. 26 (regardless of meal plan status) and will have access to any on-campus dining unit starting on  Wednesday, Jan. 27. Students housed at the Omni Hotel will continue to have meals delivered through Tuesday, Jan. 26 (regardless of meal plan status). Beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 27, students living at the Omni on a meal plan will have the option of having meals delivered to the Omni or accessing meals at any on-campus dining unit. On-campus students without a spring semester meal plan will be provided meals at the Sharpe Refectory and Verney Woolley only through Tuesday, Jan. 26 (the last day of the Quiet Period).

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 23 dining location hours of operation will be:

  • Sharpe Refectory: Daily 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Verney Woolley: Daily 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Andrews Commons: Daily 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Josiah's: Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12:00 p.m. -  8:00 p.m.

Beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 27, students will be permitted to enter the Brown Bookstore in person, masked and adhering to social distancing guidelines as possible. Until that time, online orders placed with the Brown Bookstore will be delivered to Mail Services, where you will be able to pick up your packages.  

All students in the Providence area must continue to participate in COVID-19 testing twice per week and should complete the symptom tracker every day. Any student who experiences any COVID-19 symptoms should contact Health Services at 401-863-3953 to ask for the guidance of a health professional. 

We want to emphasize that helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is our collective responsibility. Please talk with your fellow students in your residential community about expectations regarding COVID-19 health protocols and remember that your Residential Peer Leader (RPL) can help guide you through these "good neighbor" conversations. In addition, you will see RPLs present in the community as they perform their various job responsibilities. Your RPL will provide education and follow up on COVID-19 expectations to community members as necessary.  

Again, please continue to wear your mask as noted, carry your face mask with you at all times, maintain social distancing, practice good hand hygiene, and consult the Healthy Brown website for the most current information. We look forward to a strong and healthy spring semester.

Best regards, 

Vanessa Britto, M.D., M.Sc., FACP
Associate Vice President for Campus Life
Executive Director of Health and Wellness

Koren Bakkegard
Associate Vice President for Campus Life
Dean of Students