Orientation 2016

Getting Started

Welcome New Reedies!  This page will walk you through everything you need to know to get started at Reed.

Orientation Central

Please activate and check your Reed email account to receive our communications

Your computer account

In mid-November you will receive a personalized letter that contains an activation code and detailed instructions for creating your Reed computer account in IRIS, the Integrated Reed Information System. IRIS, Reed's password-protected website for community members only, serves as a portal for accessing information, including required forms, your class schedule, and more.

If you did not receive a letter with an activation code, please email the Student Activities Office or call 503/788-6692.

Your Reed email account

Your Reed email account is the primary way the college will communicate with you about everything from registration and housing to student employment opportunities and Gray Fund activities. Set up your Reed email account and check it often, both in the coming months and for the entire time you are at Reed.

  • When you set up your account in IRIS, you can choose where your Reed email will be delivered—to your Reed email inbox or to a designated forwarding address, such as Gmail or Yahoo. You can change your delivery selection at any time.

Forms and Information

Most forms can be filled out online. Once the forms are complete, you can be sure that your arrival on campus will be smooth. 

Forms available online can be found on the IRIS portal. There is a checklist there, too, to help you keep track of which ones you’ve completed.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you read this page carefully, follow the instructions, and complete all necessary forms. Many of the forms and tasks are TIME SENSITIVE.

General Forms and Information

Address Update

  • Required for all students
  • Due date: December 18, 2015

On this form, you will be asked to provide your mailing address, emergency contact information, and missing person contact information.

Emergency Alert Sign-Up

  • Optional, but strongly encouraged
  • Always available through your IRIS account

In the event of an emergency, you will receive announcements and instructions by phone, text message, or by email. For more information, visit computer information services’ Emergency Alert Service page.

Residence Life Forms and Information

Residence Life Student Housing Preference Form

  • Required for students who want to live on campus
  • Due date: December 17, 2015
  • Review the spring housing website and complete the interest form.

For more information about living on campus, visit the residence life on-campus housing page. For meal plan policies, information, and options, visit our dining service page.

Business Office Forms and Information

Online access to your student account is available through Banner Self-Service at bannerweb.reed.edu. Students need their Reed ID number and a PIN to access Self-Service. Students who have applied for financial aid have already received a PIN, all others will receive a PIN in an email from the Business Office about a week after setting up their Reed email account.

Reed College Statement of Financial Responsibility

  • Required
  • Due date: December 17, 2015

Complete electronically by clicking on the box at the bottom of the form after you have read the document.

Billing Information and Release Form

  • Required
  • Due date: December 18, 2015

We hope that you and your parents or guardians will discuss strategies for sharing financial information before you come to Reed. As part of that discussion, you need to indicate where bills should be mailed (or emailed as we transition to e-bills), and to whom access regarding your financial records will be granted. A new Billing Information and Release Form must be completed online each year so we know to whom your bills should be sent. You must complete this authorization in order for the business office to release detailed information about your college account to your parents, other family members, trustees, or banks. We will not release account specifics over the phone or in writing to anyone who is not authorized by you to receive such information.

For current information on tuition and fees, see the tuition and fees web page.

For information on the billing schedule, payment options, refunds, and more, visit the costs and payment web page.

Reed College Direct Deposit Authorization Form

  • Required
  • Due Date: December 18, 2015

Complete electronically by entering your banking information and authorizing Direct Deposits for payroll and non-payroll credits (financial aid refunds, and other miscellaneous reimbursements).

Health Insurance Waiver Form

  • Required if you are opting out of Reed’s health plan
  • Due date: By the first day of spring semester classes

You will automatically be enrolled in the appropriate domestic or international student health insurance plan each semester. If you have your own comparable heath coverage and do not want to join the Reed plan, you must complete the insurance waiver form. Once the waiver has been completed, the charge for the college’s plan will be subtracted from your account.

If you are under 18, you must complete a paper version of this form and obtain your parent/guardians signature (click on the PDF link above to download).

For information about student health insurance and international student health insurance, visit the Business Office student health insurance web page.

Tuition Management Systems Enrollment

  • Optional
  • Due date: ongoing

Use this site ONLY if you would like to set up a monthly payment plan for your tuition. Under Payment Plans/Enroll in a New Payment Plan, select the Academic Year 2015-16, select Reed College from the drop down next to "This payment plan applies toward", and then click on Enroll to go through the process of setting up a payment plan or you can call TMS at 888/572-8985.

You can also use this site if you would like to pay your Reed business office accounts online with a credit card or with a direct deduction from your checking or savings account. Scroll down the page and under Make a Payment, select "This payment applies toward Reed College," then click on Make a One-Time Payment. Follow the instructions from there. There is a 2.99 percent charge to pay with a credit card, and no fee for a direct deduction.

Academic and Student Services Forms and Information

Student Academic Information Release Form

  • Required
  • Due date: December 18, 2015

On this form, you will indicate whether your parents or guardians may access your grades independently or if they will need to ask you for grade information. Because grade reports are not automatically provided to you, and because you may choose not to focus on letter grades, you may not know your exact grades. Before you come to Reed, you and your family should discuss strategies for sharing information about your academic progress.

Academic Questionnaire

  • Required
  • Due date: December 18, 2015

The college will assign you a faculty adviser based on your academic needs and interests. The academic questionnaire will help us match your interests with those of a faculty member.

Letter of Introduction to Your Academic Adviser

  • Required
  • Due date: December 18, 2015

We ask that you write your adviser a letter before you arrive, telling him or her about yourself and your academic goals. Instructions and advice for writing your letter are included on the form.

Notification of Documented Disability

  • Required if you plan to seek housing-related accommodations; suggested if you plan to seek academic accommodations
  • Date due: December 17, 2015 for housing accommodations (note earlier date than other forms)

Reed College is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations for any student who self-identifies as having a disability and provides appropriate supporting documentation. In order to provide services, it is helpful for us to have advance notice of your needs, as well as current documentation regarding your condition and your proposed accommodations. If you have any questions, please contact the director of Disability Support Services, Theresa Lowrie.

For more information, please visit the Disability Support Services site.

For students requesting disability-related housing accommodations, the deadline for providing documentation to our office and scheduling an appointment with DSS staff to discuss requested accommodations, is December 14, 2015. If you are approved for disability-related housing accommodations, you will receive a letter from the DSS office. You will then need to submit this letter verifying the accommodation(s) for which you have been approved to the office of Residence Life. Please see our housing accommodations page for more information.

Health & Counseling Center Information

Reed’s health and counseling center provides primary care medical and counseling services for students. We need to receive certain information from you in order to provide appropriate health care and to comply with state laws and regulations. All of your health forms are available within the Student Health Portal (SHP). You can access the SHP using the same kerberos name and password you will use for IRIS. You will receive access information in mid-May. Most forms are fillable online forms (found and completed within the SHP). Hard copy forms (available on the SHP) may be printed, completed, and returned by mail in the provided confidential envelope, by fax (503-777-7209) or by scanning and emailing. Please keep a copy of these forms for your records.

Documents you must complete by December 18, 2015:

Provider Health Assessment Form

A physical examination must be completed by a licensed medical provider (physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner) who is not a family member. The examination must have been performed within twelve months of your arrival at Reed. Please print out the form, have it completed by your health care provider, and return it to Reed.


Information about required and recommended immunizations can be found in the student health portal (SHP). Please enter requested information in the online form.

The State of Oregon requires measles/MMR vaccines for attendance at Oregon colleges.

If you request an exemption to the measles/MMR requirement, you should print the measles/MMR exemption form, have it completed by your health care provider, and return it via mail, fax, or scan and email to Reed.

  • Tuberculosis (TB)
    Please complete the Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Questionnaire
    If you answer “yes” to any of the screening questions, you need to consult with a medical provider to review your exposure risks and the possible need for a TB test. Some international students and travelers from high-risk countries (see Screening Questionnaire) are more likely to require testing.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Test Verification
    This is only needed if you require a TB test based upon the Screening Questionnaire and medical consultation noted above. Please print this document, along with the Screening Questionnaire, to your medical provider.
Health History Form

Complete the form online via the Student Health Portal.

Study on Your Own

Think About It Program

  • Required
  • Complete by: December 18, 2015

At colleges and universities across the country, sexual and relationship violence impact the lives of far too many students. While Reed is generally considered a very safe campus, we are not immune. We believe that a Reed student body that is educated about consent and respectful relationships can help to build and maintain a safer and healthier community.

Alcohol and other drugs are part of many students’ experiences during college. The choice to use alcohol and drugs can have negative impacts on both your academics and your life. This program also shares information about making mature decisions when it comes to substance use.

You will receive an email in early December with instructions about how to complete this online training program. 

Living with the Honor Principle
The Honor Principle is one of the things that makes Reed truly unique. By entering Reed, you agree to live and work under the Honor Principle. Read this booklet to learn more about this important aspect of our community. You can also find more information at the Honor Principle website.

Understand the AOD Policy
Before you arrive for Orientation, read the college's Alcohol and Other Drug Policy. This information is important for you to understand as you make decisions about substance use during your time at Reed.

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