Recent updates from Brown University:
- The University reported positive cases of COVID-19 on March 14 and March 20. As this public health crisis evolves, it may not become uncommon that members of our community have exposure resulting from personal activities away from campus. Brown will defer to health officials to make appropriate notification of contacts of positive cases and will not send communications to the community about positive tests.
- Both the State of Rhode Island and the U.S. federal government have declared states of emergency, and R.I. Gov. Gina Raimondo has required all public K-12 schools to offer instruction remotely through at least Friday, April 3.
- Brown remains open, but the University expedited the departure of students from campus and has taken steps to limit the exposure of Brown employees to the virus.
- To protect the community while enabling students to complete the semester, Brown will move academic instruction for all undergraduate and graduate students to remote learning effective March 30.
- Most undergraduate students who live in on-campus residences or Brown-owned properties vacated their residences and will complete the semester from their homes or at an alternate location.
Selected other Brown Updates:
- March 25, 2020: To Brown Student Workers: Clarifying support for aided student workers
- March 24, 2020: To Brown Community: Temporary Changes to Brown’s Academic Policies for Spring 2020
- March 24, 2020: To Brown Community: Brown Commencement and Reunion Weekend
- March 24, 2020: To Brown Master’s Students: Guidance for Master’s Students
March 27, 2020: Message from Dean Marcus
I have never been so proud of our community. Many of you are contributing to addressing COVID-19. Members of our community are working to improve contact tracing capabilities in Rhode Island, have coordinated donations of essential protective equipment to address shortages in the medical community, and more. I hope you will continue to draw on your immense talents to advance rigorous public health science, policy, and practice as we respond to COVID-19.
I encourage you to continue using your skills to amplify best-evidenced public health approaches such as social distancing, and to challenge approaches that contravene best practices such as the use of the discriminatory term "Chinese virus," which is contributing to rising xenophobia. Now is an especially important time where we must reaffirm our values of inclusion and allyship to combat both negative social and economic fallout from the pandemic. For further support and resources, please read Brown's Statement on Bias and Hate published this morning by Shontay Delalue, Vice President, Institutional Equity and Diversity.
We remain a community even as we shift to new models of teaching, learning, research, and operations. To ensure we can remain resilient, we need to find ways to engage in self-care as well as care for each other. I write to highlight School and campus resources that remain available to you. Support for your mental health and wellness remain available to you through Brown. This period of uncertainty, change, and isolation has been a challenge for everyone.
Our leadership team remains available and eager to support you via remote sessions during dedicated office hours; of course we also aim to respond to your needs as they arise, regardless of the time of day.
Resources and support are available for students through Counseling and Psychological Services and for faculty and staff through the Faculty/Staff Assistance Program. The University Chaplains can also offer support to any member of the Brown community. In addition, we are planning a virtual town hall for students on Tuesday, April 7th, and further details are forthcoming.
I look forward to supporting our wonderful community through these times.
Bess H. Marcus, PhD
Dean, Brown University School of Public Health
Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences