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.
Any person who is not a residential student at Brown University is considered a guest. This means that students may not host family members, friends, or community members on campus. Students who live off campus with permission or who are considered commuters are allowed to visit the Brown campus but may not visit the residence halls. Students who are studying remotely are not allowed to visit the Brown campus.
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.
Accommodations will be made for students who have a documented medical condition that prevents them from wearing a face mask. Students should contact Student Accessibility Services to request a reasonable accommodation.
We anticipate that these will be online at this point until it is safer to resume in-person meetings.
We anticipate that most of these meetings will be online at this point, but individual circumstances may lead us to consider in-person meetings if it is safe and educationally beneficial to do so.
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. 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 24 hours 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.
If you are removed from campus but not suspended from the University, you will still be allowed to take all of your classes that are offered remotely. If you are suspended from the University, you will not be allowed to continue taking your classes in person or remotely.
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.
If you are removed from campus for COVID-related violations, you will be allowed to return to campus when the University resumes regular operations unless your removal was accompanied by a suspension or expulsion from the University.
If a student who is aware of or has engaged in violations of the Student Commitment to COVID-19 Community Health and Safety Requirements seeks help or resources out of concern for their well-being or the well-being of others, they will not face disciplinary action by the University for minor violations unless there was malicious intent in the violation. They may, however, be required to meet with a health educator and follow any recommendations.