As students complete their first week back on campus, the results of campus-wide COVID testing are now in:https://www.browndailyherald.com/2020/09/15/brown-covid-19-testing-update-13-total-positive-cases-9-15/
A stellar 0.2% positivity rate among students, faculty and staff. Consider what an achievement that is, especially given that the latter two groups live with their families in the midst of Rhode Island's ok-not-great 3.3%. So people are making a tremendous effort to get it right, and all the hard work + $$ expended by Brown's administration looks to be providing students with a good chance at a full in-person year. Hopefully by the time first-years arrive (and isolate for two weeks), things will have stayed in check. Maybe a few restrictions can even be loosened at some point in the Spring. It's not much fun for the students there now, dealing with isolation + non-stop Zoom classes:https://www.browndailyherald.com/2020/09/15/five-students-first-week-school-like-no/
Speaking from experience, there are few things more enticing in this world than the view from a Brown dorm window in the Fall. It screams "Get out of your room, dummy!" IMO first-years will find it much less frustrating doing those first two weeks in Winter, when the view from the dorm window screams (at least to this SoCal native) "Stay in your room, dummy!"