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Updates on campus safety, Spring 2021 pre-registration and remote instruction

November 12, 2020

Thank you again for your continued good work in keeping the Brown community healthy and safe. We are writing with some reminders about where to find campus policies and resources, and information on academic deadlines for the Spring. 

Campus Activity Level 

Brown’s Campus Activity Status remains at Level 2. At this time, the only permissible in-person social gatherings are those hosted by a University department; all require face-coverings and social distancing.

More spaces have started to open up on campus for study and informal gathering consistent with the Campus Safety Policy. To learn more about these spaces, please refer to this message. The Nelson Fitness Center also has reopened by reservation as have other outdoor recreation facilities. Due to health and safety protocols, please note that availability is likely to continue to be substantially limited for all students.

Spring Registration

Pre-registration for Spring courses opens for all graduate students in [email protected] (CAB) on Monday, November 16 at 12:00pm EST. Registration will remain open until Tuesday, November 24 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Graduate students who enroll in limited enrollment courses at the 1000-level, which are also open to undergraduates, will receive priority registration with undergraduate seniors. Please note, cross-registration for RISD courses is not available for the Spring semester.

Applying to Graduate

All students who plan to complete their studies in Spring 2021 must submit all materials and fill out the Application to Graduate by April 1 (Application opens in January). If you plan to receive your degree in February, you  must complete your Application to Graduate and submit all materials by January 15, 2021. See more details on the Registrar’s website and the Graduate School Commencement webpage.

TA Guidelines for Spring and Summer 2021

Graduate students teaching as Teaching Assistants, Teaching Assistant IIs, or Teaching Fellows may choose to teach in an entirely online format in the spring and the summer.

We know this can be a challenging time of the semester under typical circumstances, and this is hardly a typical term. If you need general personal support, deans in Student Support Services and the Associate Dean of Student Support in the Graduate School are an excellent place to start. The Graduate School deans and your DGS are available to provide academic support. Counseling and Psychological Services and University Chaplains are important support resources as well.

Thank you again for all your good efforts.We encourage you to look for opportunities to find community safely in-person, as well as virtually, and remember that we are here to support you.


Andrew G. Campbell
Dean of the Graduate School