Students must undergo required testing for COVID-19 at the location, times, and dates established by the University to determine if they have contracted the virus and to enable the University to monitor infection rates in the Brown community. Testing requirements may change over time. Up-to-date information is outlined on the Healthy Brown website.
Brown is requiring COVID-19 vaccines and boosters for all students who will be on campus or engage in any level of in-person instruction, whether in the U.S. or abroad. Medical and religious exemptions from vaccination will be granted to students, and reasonable accommodations will be provided (as determined by applicable law). Failure to upload vaccine documentation or receive exemption approval may result in disciplinary action. Up-to-date information is outlined on the Healthy Brown website.
Students are expected to follow the policies established by the University and the State of Rhode Island, whichever is more restrictive, regarding attending or hosting social gatherings especially in terms of the number of people allowed. The most up-to-date information about these policies can be found on the Healthy Brown website.
These meetings may be online or in person as circumstances warrant.
These meetings and hearings may be in person or online as circumstances warrant.
Educational Conversations and Community Impact Circles are considered non-disciplinary measures. As such, they will be part of the record the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards keeps, but we would not report this information to internal (affiliated with Brown University) or external (not affiliated with Brown University) entities the way we would report the outcomes of disciplinary processes.
COVID-19 Dean's Review Meetings and Administrative Hearings are considered disciplinary processes. As such, the outcomes of these processes will be part of your official record. Any disciplinary processes that result in a community status of probation or above will be reported to external (not affiliated with Brown University) entities if we are asked about your conduct history unless you receive approval of a Post Outcome Petition. Any responsible finding and resulting outcomes will be shared with other Brown University offices if we are asked. Please see the Outcomes page for more information.
Within 3 business days of notification of the hearing/review meeting outcome, the respondent(s) may appeal in writing the decisions in the case, setting out the reason(s) for the appeal. There will be an appeal link in the decision letter. Appeals will normally be considered only when:
(1) there is relevant new evidence that was not reasonably available to be presented to the original hearing authority and that in the judgment of the appeal officer the introduction of the information may have changed the finding by the original hearing authority; or
(2) when a substantial procedural error by the University or hearing body/officer is demonstrated and in the reasonable judgment of the appeal officer such error is sufficient enough that it may have affected the decision of the original hearing authority.
If the appeal officer determines that the appeal has merit, they may change the finding, alter the severity or terms of an outcome, or remand the matter to an appropriate hearing officer or body.
In most cases, you will not be allowed to live off-campus in Providence unless your home address is in Providence or you have been granted off-campus permission by the Office of Residential Life. For more information about off-campus permission, please see the website for the Office of Residential Life.