Response Required: Off-Campus Student Information and Resources

Dear Off-Campus Undergraduate Students,

You are receiving this email as a student who is listed as living in off-campus housing and who may have chosen to remain in the Providence area. We know this is an especially uncertain and unsettling time, and we wanted to reach out to you directly. Please read this full message carefully to find important information about how to access and request potential resources during this time of transition to remote instruction. Requesting your Contact Information for Follow-Up Communication As Brown transitions to remote learning, and in light of these unprecedented circumstances, we are asking off-campus students to complete a very brief form which will inform our future communications and support resources. Please complete this short Google form as soon as possible, and no later than Tuesday March 24th, so that we will know how to reach and support you moving forward. We also know you have many questions, so we are writing to reinforce that the University has a number of resources to support you during this period: Dining Resources Students on meal plans will continue to have access to dining services in the Sharpe Refectory on a “take-out” basis. The Sharpe Refectory will have grab-and-go meals available for pick-up for breakfast (7 a.m. to 9 a.m.), lunch (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), and dinner (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.). For additional information and updates on dining services, you can visit the dining website. If you are experiencing food insecurity, please reach out to [email protected] for support. Financial Support Resources The University has established a dedicated COVID-19 Transition E-Gap Fund for undergraduate students with high demonstrated financial need to assist with emergent expenses related to the transition to remote learning. Depending on a student’s individual circumstances and financial need, E-Gap funding may provide partial support for travel, moving and storage, and education-related expenses. Students may apply directly at ufunds.brown.edu. Remote Resources Regardless of where you are located, please know that colleagues in our offices are ready to help support you. For example, you can still connect with Academic Deans in the College as well as CAPS, Health Services, and Student Support Deans in Campus Life. Additional information about accessing various Campus Life offices and services in the coming weeks can be found here on the Campus Life website. Please note that COVID-19 is a serious public health emergency, and we remind you of the important steps we should each take to prevent the spread of illness. These include social distancing, washing your hands frequently, and refraining from gathering in groups. More information on self-care can be found on Brown’s COVID-19 website. If you are not feeling well, contact Health Services at 401-863-1330 for 24/7 nursing advice. If you know a fellow student who is not feeling well, please encourage them to contact Health Services. You can find more detailed information about when to self-isolate, seek medical care, or seek a COVID-19 test here. Again, we know this is a difficult and uncertain time, and we thank you for your patience. As the university develops its plans and resources for the transition to remote learning, we want to make sure you know we are here to support you whether you are in Providence or have traveled away. Please continue to refer to covid.brown.edu for the most up-to-date information. Sincerely,

Eric Estes, Vice President for Campus Life

Rashid Zia, Dean of The College