Brown University will begin fall classes primarily online with few students on campus, moving away from earlier plans to resume in-person classes this September.

Citing increased COVID-19 cases locally and nationwide, the university will delay in-person education for most students until at least October. The semester will begin in early September almost entirely online for undergraduates. 

Most undergraduates also will remain off campus at the start of the year, while graduate and medical students will be able to return. All students on campus will be regularly tested, including asymptomatic students. 

If there is a decline in COVID cases in Rhode Island and the number of students testing positive for the virus is low enough by mid-September, more students will come to campus in October. If that doesn’t happen, classes will continue online for the semester. 

Other colleges in the state, including Johnson and Wales University, and Rhode Island College will begin the fall semester primarily online as well.