We are grateful to Brown alumni worldwide who have kept the Brunonian spirit alive through virtual gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. With increasing portions of the population being vaccinated, we are optimistic about the continued improvement in public health and safety. As the world is opening back up and to help keep alumni and friends of Brown safe, we are providing the following guidance for those who might be planning to organize an in-person alumni gathering, and request that you follow these guidelines closely:

  • Observe all local public health regulations that govern group gatherings and mitigation measures such as mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing. Please reference the CDC website for additional guidance for those who have been fully vaccinated.
  • Provide access to hand sanitizer and masks to attendees upon event entry and for the duration of the event.
  • We encourage you to add the following statement to all event invitations:
    • To ensure the health and safety of all members of the greater Brown community we ask that you adhere to the following practices:
      • Unvaccinated attendees must continue to wear masks at all indoor events as well as outdoor events when 3 feet of social distance cannot be maintained.
      • Any individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, is waiting for COVID-19 test results, is showing COVID-19 symptoms, or has had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19 is kindly asked not to attend.

For those cohorts local to the Brown campus area and wishing to explore opportunities for on-campus programming, please note that there are specific policies in place through August 15, 2021 that require review and approval on a case-by-case basis. More information can be found on the Brown website. After August 15, new campus event guidelines will be in effect, but only upon the University attaining near-universal (90% and above) vaccination status among students, faculty, and staff.

We recommend that volunteer leaders continue to incorporate virtual programming in their strategic engagement plans. This past year has demonstrated that virtual event engagement provides the ability for alumni who may not always have the ability or the time to travel to in-person event locations to attend Brown events. We also anticipate the next few months will be a transitional period for alumni. Some alumni may not be ready or able to attend an in-person gathering.  As a reminder, Brown’s Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to provide our Virtual Engagement Toolkit to support the organization of online alumni events.

These guidelines are subject to change based on changing conditions and public health guidance as they continue to evolve. To learn more about the Brown community's response to COVID-19, please consult https://healthy.brown.edu/.

(Updated June 24, 2021)