April 14, 2020
Provost Richard M. Locke and Executive VP Barbara Chernow
Tags Faculty and Staff

To Brown Faculty and Staff: Extension of telecommuting through May 29, 2020


Dear Brown Employees,

As we begin our fifth week of reduced in-person campus operations, we continue to receive updates from health experts regarding risks associated with the spread of COVID-19. At this time, there has been no change to current guidance from state officials or health experts for businesses to resume operations or for schools to reopen. Therefore, we are extending Brown’s current work policies for reducing on-campus operations at least through May 29, 2020.

Supervisors should continue to manage schedules with their employees based on the nature of their job assignments. As the University established last month, only personnel whose work has been identified as essential to be performed in person should report to work in person, while all other employees who can telecommute are expected to do so.

It’s important to plan for the possibility that the May 29 date may change as the University receives more information about health and safety conditions. If guidance from either state officials or health experts changes to allow for the resumption of business operations or for schools to reopen sooner than May 29, the University will assess whether or not to end reduced in-person campus operations sooner than May 29.

We want to thank all who work at Brown for your continued commitment and dedication to serving our community during this uncertain time. We must also continue to express our deep appreciation to our employees who are reporting to work to deliver essential services, as well as the supervisors who continue to manage work schedules to protect the health and safety needs of our employees.

Thank you for all that you are doing every day.


Richard M. Locke, Provost
Barbara Chernow, Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration