Given the upcoming travel that many Brown community members are planning next week, and with the COVID-19 public health crisis worsening, Brown announced Nov. 17 its return to Level 1 Campus Activity Status, effective Nov. 18. That means a return to online-only instruction for most students a week earlier than in-person classes were going to end before Thanksgiving Break, and only essential operations for faculty and staff should continue onsite.
Brown’s administration says that, while the dedication of Brown community members to following public health guidance has helped keep positive cases relatively low, the University has begun to experience increases in positive COVID-19 tests among students, faculty and staff. There also has been a rise in the numbers of individuals socializing in larger groups, particularly in the last week. Brown hopes to shift some behaviors very quickly so community members will be safe to travel to be with their families and friends.
The new changes will have direct impacts on The Warren Alpert Medical School's operations. Per President Paxson's announcement:
"Warren Alpert Medical School classes will move online after the Thanksgiving Break through the beginning of Winter Break, Dec. 18. In addition, only faculty and staff designated as “essential onsite” whose work and operations cannot be performed remotely should continue working in-person."
More information about President Paxson's announcement can be found below:
The latest information on Campus Activity Status: