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Thanksgiving Break 2015 | Open/Closed

While administrative offices are closed, Emergency services are available during all academic breaks.  Thanksgiving meal at Sharpe Refectory Thursday is open to all enrolled undergraduate, graduate and medical students. For information about emergency phone numbers, what's open/closed, and transportation options, read Thanksgiving Break 2015 | What's Open/What's Closed.

Final Exams | December 2015

Final exams are scheduled long before the beginning of the semester, and thus cannot be changed to accommodate individual travel plans. The last day of scheduled exams this fall is Monday, December 21. If you need to purchase plane tickets for the winter holiday, please do so with this date in mind.

Winter Residence Hall Closing | December 22, 2015

All residence halls (except Grad Center) will close on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 9 a.m. Doors will be locked and card access disabled at this time. Heat and hot water will be curtailed during the break.  On campus residences will reopen on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

Students for whom circumstance or international residence prohibits leaving campus during Winter Break should talk with Residential Life as soon as they can.  Students who require on-campus housing before residence halls open on January 23 must fill out a spring early arrival housing request.

Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey Report Released

Last year, Brown’s Sexual Assault Task Force (SATF) emphasized the importance of taking an evidence-based, data-driven approach to addressing the problem of gender-based harassment and violence at Brown. To better understand the issues on our campus, Brown joined with 27 universities to collaborate with the American Association of Universities (AAU) to sponsor a student survey, conducted last spring, designed to assess the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses and collect student views on sexual misconduct. [Read the rest of President Paxson's email.]

Academic advising information

You can read the advising announcements emailed to students throughout the year on the front page of ASK (Advising Sidekick). Also available on the public face of ASK are a number of Advising Materials, publications provided to students to orient them to the university -- such as Guide to Brown -- and to stimulate their thinking about their Brown education and instigate conversations with their academic advisors -- such as Brown's Liberal Learning Goals, Planning Your Liberal Education, and Planning Your Sophomore Year. While we share these materials with student, you may find it useful to know what is available in order to remind your student of resources available and reinforce messages when they forget.

Maud S. Mandel, Dean of the College, sent two emails to parents of undergraduates this October: The First Months at Brown, and Support for the Sophomore Year.

Verification of Enrollment

Instructions for requesting proof of a student's enrollment--for insurance or other documentation purposes--are available from the Registrar's Office.

Health Fee & Health Insurance

All actively-enrolled students may use Health Services as well as Counseling and Psychological Services, whether they have the Brown-sponsored health insurance plan (SHIP) or another plan. More about health & wellness at Brown...

The mandatory Health Fee provides students the ability to see a provider at Health Services or at Counseling and Psychological Services. The student's health insurance comes into play for costs of tests, medications, treatment, and referrals to outside providers. TO WAIVE OR NOT: New this year, a worksheet to help students and families compare the coverage offered by the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) and by their personal or family plan was included in the insurance information mailing.

First Generation College Students

While the term typically references students whose parents did not complete a four-year college education, our FirstGen Initiative programs are open to any student who feels the academic, social, and peer advising may be helpful.

Living@Brown: Financial Considerations

As a result of conversations with students, we have published a new document  Living @ Brown: Financial Considerations, which is available in English, en Español,  在中國, 在中国.

Year at a Glance

Download a Year at a Glance document from the Important Dates page.

Safety at Brown

The Safety at Brown website provides summary information about safety-related services, tools, policies, and best practices that will help protect members of the Brown community.

Joslin Award Recipients 2015

2015Joslins2015JoslinsThe Joslin Award recognizes a small group of seniors who have contributed in very significant ways to the quality of student life at Brown. The 2015 Joslin Award recipients were honored at a ceremony Friday of Commencement Weekend. The names of the students and descriptions of their involvement in and contributions to the Brown and Providence communities may be read on the Joslin pages.

Communications about sexual assault

On April 7, President Paxson wrote to all students, faculty, and staff to distribute the Final Report of The Task Force on Sexual Assault. This communication was forwarded by email to parents, and may be read in full on the President's website.

This site is a joint effort of the offices of Campus Life, the Dean of the College, and the Parent Program in Advancement.