We hope this finds you well considering the challenging circumstances. We want to reach out to you as students remaining on campus until the end of the semester. We are so sorry for the ongoing disruption to your semester and the stress that it has caused. We can imagine that it feels very lonely to be remaining in your residence when most other students have departed. It’s heartbreaking and we’ve had to make some of the most challenging decisions of our careers in recent days. At the same time, we also really appreciate and value the acts of kindness and generosity we’ve witnessed that make us grateful to be a part of a caring community. It’s not easy, but we want you to know that Campus Life continues to work hard to support all of you.
You received important communication from Res Life and will continue to hear from that office and others moving forward. Please read them carefully. We want to remind you of the resources that are available to you, your peers off campus, and your peers who have traveled away from Brown. We want you to access resources as you need them even if many may look and feel a bit different. We know getting settled into your new housing assignment is a priority. It will take some time to get the housing ready for you, so we appreciate your patience and understanding. We know that this is not the spring break you were hoping for and planning on, but as state officials in much of the country, including Rhode Island, encourage people to avoid public gatherings, we appreciate your staying in Providence this coming week.
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 or seek medical care here.
Many of us have started thinking about what remote virtual community will look like moving forward. How do we maintain connections amongst those on campus when we must continue to self-isolate and socially distance — connections with friends off campus in the local area who should do the same, and connections with friends who are all over the country and world? We want to help build virtual community with you, and more information about that is coming soon. Our Campus Life departments and centers that do this work typically every day are still available to you. Reach out to us; you will undoubtedly have some of the best ideas ([email protected]). As we move forward, we look forward to talking and collaborating more.
Again we appreciate your patience, and we know that this is hard. Reach out when you need support, and know that we are here to support you. Stay safe and well.
Eric Estes, Vice President for Campus Life
Koren Bakkegard, Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students