Health and Counseling Services

Health services

Free on-campus health care services are available to all students regardless of insurance coverage. The center provides management of emergencies and chronic health conditions, primary care for acute illnesses and injuries, and women's health care. Students may obtain general health and nutritional counseling, as well as testing for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV counseling. In addition to scheduled appointments, walk-in hours are available daily for urgent situations. Referrals to off-campus specialists are made as needed. Prescriptions, lab work, and certain medical supply costs will be charged to the student.

Counseling services

Confidential counseling services are provided at no cost and may be used for a variety of personal and academic reasons. Counseling services are designed to provide crisis intervention and short-term, intermittent, or longer-term treatment, as necessary. If students prefer off-campus resources or have needs that exceed Reed's available resources or expertise, the counseling staff can refer them to off-campus specialists.

Drug and alcohol policies

The use of potentially harmful and addictive substances, such as drugs and alcohol, is antithetical to the principles and practice of engaged intellectual inquiry and responsible community living. Consistent with these principles, and in fulfillment of its obligation to support federal and state law, Reed College's policies prohibit the use and distribution of illegal substances as well as the consumption of alcohol by those younger than 21. In addition, Reed takes a comprehensive educational, medical, and therapeutic approach to students with substance abuse problems. Reed encourages a frank and open dialogue about drugs and alcohol in hopes that students will recognize the inherent self-destructiveness of such behavior. When problems are identified, trained professionals work with students and their parents to find appropriate rehabilitative solutions. As in all matters, Reed expects students to make informed decisions in accordance with the premises of self-responsibility and community respect stipulated in the honor principle, which governs all members of the college community.

Health insurance

Health insurance is required for all students. Although many students are covered by their parents' insurance plans, we urge parents to consider the college policy as additional coverage. This is particularly important if the family's insurance coverage is other than an indemnity plan. The policy offered by the college is reasonably priced, covers through the summer, and is designed to help pay the medical costs most likely incurred by college students. The college automatically bills students who have not signed the waiver form each year for Reed's health insurance. See for more information.

Health records

Under FERPA, health and counseling records are confidential and will not be released to parents without the student's permission.


Immunizations are available at the health center for a fee. Oregon law requires all students born after 1957 to provide documentation of two doses of measles vaccine. A current tuberculin skin test and updated tetanus vaccine are highly recommended. We also strongly recommend hepatitis B vaccination for all college students, as the risk of transmission is increased in this age group. For more information about bacterial meningitis, see your student's health packet mailing, or consult with your health provider or the college health center.

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