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A Sept. 18 memo by President Christina Paxson P’19 and Provost Richard Locke P’18 notes that representation of HUGs among undergraduate students has remained stagnant while recruitment of faculty and graduate students from historically underrepresented groups has risen.


Paxson, Locke memo addresses anti-black racism and lack of representation in admissions

September 23, 2020 0 comments

Both addressing anti-Black racism and furthering diversity and inclusion initiatives at the University were centered in a Sept. 18 memo written by President Christina Paxson P ’19 and Provost Richard Locke P’18 in response to the Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Board’s 2020 annual report released in May. 

70 Ship Street, a multi-lab research building, remains open for workers. All affected areas and common spaces were cleaned or closed.


Five 70 Ship Street workers have tested positive for COVID-19 over past four weeks

September 22, 2020 0 comments

Five individuals working in University labs at 70 Ship Street, a multi-lab research building, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past four weeks, according to a Sept. 19 email to workers, reviewed by The Herald, from Executive Vice President for Planning and Policy Russell Carey. 

Of the 8,294 COVID-19 tests Brown has completed in the past seven days, only three have been confirmed positive, marking a prevalence rate of 0.1 percent.


Brown COVID-19 testing update: 16 total positive cases as of 9/22

September 22, 2020 1 comment

The University maintains a positivity rate under 0.1 percent as the testing program proceeds, while Providence College reported an outbreak and greater Rhode Island remains at risk for an outbreak of its own.

The letter from administrators, which was released to faculty and staff Tuesday morning, detailed a five-part plan to address the economic impacts of the pandemic and adjusted academic calendar.


Brown’s FY21 deficit may reach $165 million

September 22, 2020 2 comments

The University’s financial losses for Fiscal Year 2021 may range from $100 to $165 million due to the economic impacts of COVID-19 and adjustments made to the academic year, President Christina Paxson P ’19, Provost Richard Locke P ’18 and Vice President for Finance and Administration Barbara Chernow announced. 

Professors log in for first week of online semester at Brown

September 21, 2020 0 comments

Professor of Neuroscience Monica Linden’s eight-year-old daughter stared at her mom through the glass doors of her home office, waiting to share something while Linden taught a seminar on brain regions that ran for over an hour. 

Students’ residence halls are gradually being repopulated as students return to campus. RPLs work to promote health and safety in the on-campus community.


RPLs plan for atypical dorm experience this fall semester

September 20, 2020 1 comment

For Natalia Brown ’23, the decision to return as an in-person Residential Peer Leader was not an easy one. When the University announced its phased opening plan, she considered pulling out of the RPL program entirely. “It was almost too much stress,” Brown said.

Brown agrees to reinstate women’s equestrian, women’s fencing in proposed settlement

News, Sports

Brown agrees to reinstate women’s equestrian, women’s fencing in proposed settlement

September 17, 2020 0 comments

The University announced today that it has agreed to reinstate both the women’s equestrian team and the women’s fencing team to varsity status after both teams had been moved to club status in May.

Dean of Admissions Logan Powell proposes applicant video portfolios, online alumni panels and Admission conversations with past alumni interviewers as alternatives to pre-COVID interviews.


Brown suspends Alumni Interview Program for 2020-21 admission cycle

September 17, 2020 8 comments

The University will suspend its Alumni Interview Program for the 2020-21 admission cycle, Dean of Admission Logan Powell announced in a Sept. 10 email to past alumni interviewers. 

Health Services says CAPS, BWell and Student Support Services will offer virtual treatment for remote students alongside telehealth this fall.


Brown telehealth services here to stay

September 17, 2020 0 comments

Health Services will offer both in-person and virtual care during the fall semester, as many students begin returning to campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since April, the students and faculty on the Healthy Fall 2020 Task Force have held meetings to discuss how to reopen campus for the fall semester.

COVID-19 Updates, News

Brown’s Healthy Fall 2020 Task Force members outline experience, challenges

September 16, 2020 1 comment

In April, Brown created the Healthy Fall 2020 Task Force: a 14-person committee charged with giving high-level administrators recommendations for developing a public health plan for reopening in the fall.