Brown's policies and practices promote the health, safety and well-being of all Brown employees to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

ReducedĀ In-person Operations

Brown remains open, but only essential personnel have been reporting to work in person since March 16, in accordance with University guidance first established March 14, 2020. These work arrangements These work arrangements will remain in effect through the end of the fall term, December 23, 2020. During this period, all employees will continue to be paid and do not need to apply for a Special Leave of Absence.

Brown continues to support the safety of its employees, as well as to address their needs to care for others affected by the coronavirus. University policies are subject to change and may be modified as more information on the coronavirus becomes available.

Effective immediately and until further notice, the following guidelines and information are being provided to assist employees in regard to the impact of COVID-19:

  • All offices are being encouraged to postpone or hold virtually any non-essential meetings, and to maintain social distancing when performing work.

  • Managers should continue to establish telecommuting work assignments with their employees on an ongoing basis based on department operational needs (for employees who can telecommute to perform their job functions or other duties as assigned).

  • Except for essential personnel, telecommuting work assignments are in effect through December 23, 2020.

Brown is preparing for a gradual and controlled resumption of some on-campus activities between June and August that will begin, when possible, exclusively with approved laboratory-based research. As part of that preparation, Brown has established a COVID-19 Campus Safety Policy intended to manage all work that is authorized to take place on campus in a safe and orderly manner. This policy applies to all faculty, staff and students, and all members of the community are expected to become familiar and comply with it at all times. No member of the community will be able to return to campus, or continue to be on campus in the case of personnel already performing on-site essential work, until they have completed and signed an employee acknowledgement.

Employees can direct general questions to University Human Resources at [email protected] or (401) 863-2141.

  • Consult the FAQs for staff and managers below for common questions.

  • For questions related to Alternative Work Arrangements (AWA), please email [email protected] or call (401) 863-3896

  • For questions related to leaves of absence, please email [email protected] or call (401) 863-3458.

For guidance on working offsite:

Consult the information made available by University Human Resources on Telecommuting.