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Topic: COVID-19

Just shy of a month ago, the University announced its decision to remove fully vaccinated individuals from its routine testing program.

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Brown reinstates routine COVID-19 testing for all students, cites uptick in variants

July 27, 2021 0 comments

The University will reinstate its COVID-19 testing requirement for all community members starting August 16 with plans to maintain it through September at least, Vice President of Planning and Policy Russell Carey ’91 MA’06 wrote in a Monday email to the Brown community. 

Following months of closure to the student body, the July 23 reopening of the Blue Room elicited much excitement among students and staff.

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Blue Room reopens its doors to on-campus students

July 26, 2021 0 comments

On July 23, the Blue Room reopened its doors for in-person dining to students approved to be on campus for the summer 2021 semester — marking its first time offering full services since the onset of the pandemic, according to a July 22 email from Brown Dining Services to the Brown community.

With COVID-19 class-size restrictions lifted, some professors elect to teach remotely for the fall

With COVID-19 class-size restrictions lifted, some professors elect to teach remotely for the fall

July 26, 2021 2 comments

With COVID-19 restrictions gradually lifting on campus throughout the summer, the upcoming fall semester is set to look much like a pre-pandemic term. Still, some of the hallmarks of the pandemic will remain as some professors choose to offer their courses either fully or partially online.

With summer semester ending on Aug. 13 and fall semester approaching, the University continues planning for increased population on campus while monitoring the Delta variant and public health guidelines.

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Brown considers adjustments for fall semester as asymptomatic, symptomatic COVID-19 testing rates remain low

July 26, 2021 0 comments

The University continues to watch public health conditions while preparing for changes leading up to the fall semester, including further reopening of campus dining halls.

As of July 20, 86 percent of all students and 93.8 percent of all faculty and staff have documented proof of full vaccination with the University.

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A timeline of COVID-19 vaccination and re-opening plans on College Hill

July 22, 2021 0 comments

Recent months for the University and Providence at large — entailing vaccine distribution, uncertain public health guidelines and a gradual re-opening of in-person activity — have proven to be a time of change, documented in an outpouring of new COVID-19 policies and plans.

Due to low numbers of positive COVID-19 cases on campus, the University plans to reserve a smaller amount of spaces for quarantine housing in the fall and remove restrictions on visitors to campus beginning Aug. 15.

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Brown lifts restrictions on library seating, University-sponsored travel, will reduce quarantine housing, limitations on visitors

July 18, 2021 0 comments

The University has further lifted restrictions on density requirements on campus and on international travel and will make additional changes in housing capacity and campus visitor policy by the fall semester, as the number of community members testing positive for COVID-19 each week remains at a minimum.

Brown researchers find political partisanship greatest predictive factor of COVID-19 safe behaviors

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Brown researchers find political partisanship greatest predictive factor of COVID-19 safe behaviors

July 16, 2021 0 comments

Neither perceived risk nor actual risk of COVID-19 infection predict rates of mask wearing and social distancing, according to a study published by researchers from the University’s Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences department in June.

The University’s loosening of international travel policies marks the first re-opening of University-sponsored travel and study abroad since the onset of the pandemic.

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U. loosens restrictions on University-sponsored international travel

July 15, 2021 0 comments

Beginning Thursday, the University has returned to its high-risk and restricted policies for University-sponsored travel, according to a July 15 Today@Brown announcement from Christine Sprovieri, director of international travel risk management.

Between July 4 and July 10, one University faculty member has tested positive for COVID-19 through the asymptomatic testing program.

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‘Testament to the community’: VP Carey discusses changes after campus students, faculty surpass 90 percent vaccination levels

July 11, 2021 1 comment

The University will begin returning to pre-pandemic campus life after on-campus students and faculty exceeded 90 percent vaccination levels, resuming in-person dining at the Sharpe Refectory and closing access to COVID-19 testing sites for vaccinated individuals this week.

The University will disburse the federal emergency funding to most eligible students by the end of July, with incoming first-years to receive their funding upon arrival in September.

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Brown to distribute $6.29 million in federal student aid

July 8, 2021 2 comments

The University will distribute $6.29 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to students by the end of this month, according to a July 7 letter from Provost Richard Locke P’18 shared in Today@Brown. Eligible first-year students will receive funding after their arrival at Brown in September.