The Brown community’s compliance with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement has been essential to maintaining in-person academic and administrative operations over the last year, and the requirement that all community members remain up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will remain in place for the entire 2022-23 academic year.
Current employees who have already documented their vaccination status do not need to do anything further; new employees are required to upload their vaccination cards when they join the Brown community. If you have recently joined the University and have not yet provided vaccination documentation, please do so as soon as possible. Visit the Verify Your Vaccination page on the Healthy Brown website for instructions.
If you have already received an approved medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine from University Human Resources (UHR), you will continue to be exempt from this requirement. If you have not previously received an exemption and wish to request one, information regarding how to do so is available on the COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs page on the Healthy Brown website.
Testing and Masking
Brown employees (and students) are no longer required to conduct routine testing (regardless of vaccination status) and are only required to test if they experience COVID-19 symptoms.
Rapid antigen tests are widely available from a variety of sources, and insurance companies are now reimbursing the costs of tests. Information about test availability is included on the Benefits page of the UHR website. Community members should consider taking a rapid antigen test when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Mask wearing is now optional for all Brown community members, regardless of vaccination status, and including on the Brown shuttle. While masking is optional, those who are unvaccinated can help limit their risk of transmission by continuing to wear masks. Related details can be found on the Campus Activity Status page of the Healthy Brown website.
Noted exceptions to the optional masking policy — where wearing masks continues to be required — include:
- health care facilities, including the Health and Wellness Center;
- the Warren Alpert Medical School;
- classes where the instructor requires students to wear masks; and
- meetings where the host requires attendees to wear masks (for example, a staff member meeting with a student in their office may require the student to wear a mask during the meeting).