Topic: COVID-19

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.

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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.

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

April 6, 2020 0 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

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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.

Siemens ’21: COVID-19 and the search for presidential virtue

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Siemens ’21: COVID-19 and the search for presidential virtue

April 5, 2020 3 comments

Over the past two months, we have watched the Trump administration flounder in its response to the largest public health crisis in the world’s recent memory. Once again, glaring administrative incompetence has met executive egotism in the face of a national catastrophe.

Brown cancels international summer programs due to COVID-19 pandemic

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Brown cancels international summer programs due to COVID-19 pandemic

April 4, 2020 0 comments

The University canceled all international undergraduate travel and programming for the coming summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an April 2 Today@Brown announcement. 

Physicians’ perspectives: Impacts of PPE shortages, COVID-19 on Lifespan

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Physicians’ perspectives: Impacts of PPE shortages, COVID-19 on Lifespan

April 2, 2020 0 comments

With the global development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rhode Island Lifespan Health System and its partners have been working with different sectors of the government, including the Rhode Island Department of Health, to prepare for and address the challenges posed by the pandemic locally.

Brown librarians, medical students spearhead donation efforts to health care workers

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Brown librarians, medical students spearhead donation efforts to health care workers

April 2, 2020 0 comments

As healthcare workers across the state face shortages of personal protective equipment as they tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, some likely and unlikely heroes are helping to provide them with the proper supplies, including librarians and future doctors.

Watson Institute, Rhodes Center directors virtually talk economic impacts of COVID-19

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Watson Institute, Rhodes Center directors virtually talk economic impacts of COVID-19

April 2, 2020 2 comments

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs hosted a live virtual conversation Tuesday with Director Edward Steinfeld and Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance Director Mark Blyth on the economic impacts of the virus.

The school has also postponed commencement for the class of 2020 to the weekend of Indigenous People's Day.

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RISD cancels on-campus summer programming

April 1, 2020 0 comments

The Rhode Island School of Design has canceled on-campus and in-person summer programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic. RISD’s commencement and graduate thesis show have also been postponed, according to an email from President Rosanne Somerson sent to students today.

Uncertain future challenges researchers, students working away from Brown

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Uncertain future challenges researchers, students working away from Brown

April 1, 2020 0 comments
This article is part of the series Academia in Flux: Consequences of COVID-19

Following the University’s instruction to shut down all non-essential research in laboratories by March 18 — by which time most students had relocated off-campus — it became apparent that remote work would become the new normal for millions of people around the world.