In order to remain in status on F-1 visas, first-year graduate students (whether in their first or second semester) cannot be enrolled in exclusively online courses. In other words, students enrolled in courses must take at least one course in a hybrid format and participate in the in-person component. In other respects, all matriculated students will be given the option to take courses online, whether they are in Providence or not.
In-person class meetings will be limited to 19 students to enable safe distancing of students and instructors within classrooms. Many courses with enrollments above 19 will have in-person section meetings of 19 or fewer students. Brown has developed plans for every classroom space which allow for six-foot or greater separation between individuals and three-foot circulation zones. In addition, exiting students and instructors will be asked to wipe down physical property (desks, chairs, lecterns, etc.) between class sessions.