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COVID-19 Updates

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Recent updates on COVID-19 from The Herald

Online summer courses at the University will proceed as planned. The University will announce a decision about pre-college programs and sports camps which take place later in the summer by May 16.

News, University News

Brown cancels on-campus summer session courses

April 16, 2020 2 comments

The University has canceled all on-campus summer session 2020 courses. The cancellations also include residential summer programs both “on- and off-campus between June 13 and July 6,” which includes pre-college programs that were planned to run during that period.

Researchers at the University are archiving memes from the Facebook page “Brown Dank Stash of Memes for S/NC Teens."

News, Science & Research

Documenting history as it happens: Brown archivists collect COVID-19 stories, experiences from community

April 13, 2020 0 comments

As members of the University community navigate the challenges of life away from campus, University archivists are making headway on projects that seek to document those experiences.

The University announced a hiring freeze which will extend into the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

News, University News

Brown suspends new hiring for faculty, staff to mitigate financial consequences from COVID-19

April 13, 2020 0 comments

The University announced a suspension of “any new hiring” for both staff and faculty positions due to the COVID-19 crisis, according to a March 23 announcement from Provost Richard Locke P’18 and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Barbara Chernow.

With Healthy Fall 2020 Task Force, Brown plans for next semester

News, University News

With Healthy Fall 2020 Task Force, Brown plans for next semester

April 13, 2020 0 comments

The University announced the creation of the Healthy Fall 2020 Task Force, which will plan the reopening of Brown’s campus next semester in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic forcing students to evacuate campus last month. 

During a Tuesday faculty meeting, President Paxson stressed that the University must be prepared for the campus to either reopen all residential halls in the fall, operate completely online or for a hybrid of the two.

News, University News

Brown to prepare both on-, off-campus fall semester plans

April 8, 2020 1 comment

During a heavily-attended Tuesday faculty meeting held over Zoom, President Christina Paxson P’19 and Provost Richard Locke P’18 discussed future operations, including reopening campus for the fall and contingency plans for potentially continuing online learning next semester.

Paxson, Locke take 20 percent salary cut due to pandemic’s financial impact

News, University News

Paxson, Locke take 20 percent salary cut due to pandemic’s financial impact

April 7, 2020 0 comments

President Christina Paxson P’19 and Provost Richard Locke P’18 will each be taking a 20 percent pay reduction this fiscal year. This decision accompanies salary freezes for faculty and staff.

Brown to continue to pay 81 percent of student workers after transition to remote operations

News, University News

Brown to continue to pay 81 percent of student workers after transition to remote operations

April 7, 2020 0 comments

The University will continue paying 81 percent of student workers as Brown transitions to remote learning, despite its recent announcement of $20 million in COVID-related expenses.

Since most students evacuated campus and the University transitioned to remote learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, students have continued to debate the grading policy adopted by the University.

News, University News

Students express mixed opinions on temporary grading policy, advocate for alternative systems

April 6, 2020 0 comments

Reflecting on notions of equity, choice and transparency in the context of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, students expressed mixed reactions to the temporary academic policy implemented by the University that will allow students to change their grade options from April 13 to May 1. 

The costs for this fiscal year, which ends June 30, have now likely exceeded $21 million as a result of expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

News, University News

Paxson: Brown must make ‘tough’ financial choices due to economic impacts of COVID-19

April 6, 2020 3 comments

The University calculated that costs associated with the effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic will exceed $20 million in the current fiscal year, according to a community-wide email from President Christina Paxson P’19 sent this morning.

Editorial: To our administration: we ask for clear, caring communication regarding grading policy change

Editorials, Opinions

Editorial: To our administration: we ask for clear, caring communication regarding grading policy change

April 5, 2020 0 comments

On Monday, March 30, the undergraduate community received an email from Dean of the College Rashid Zia ‘01 outlining the University’s updated grading policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s sweeping academic consequences this semester.