Community Safety

Division of Student Life

Community Safety COVID-19 Information


Community Safety Pandemic Operating Protocols

Effective March 31, 2020


The Reed College Community Safety (CS) team will continue to operate with on-campus staff 24/7. The following information outlines key services that will continue, as well as those that have been modified in order to support the college’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Community Safety Interim Protocols

Our primary goal is to maintain the safety and security of the Reed community while following guidance from federal, state, and local authorities, and Reed’s COVID-19 Task Force response and prevention directives intended to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Key factors include the need for social distancing and other steps intended to limit the spread of the virus, as well as adjustments to CS operations due to changes in how residential and other spaces on campus are being used.  

The following outlines Community Safety’s interim protocols during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as links to the college’s broader coronavirus pandemic response priorities. Community Safety’s interim protocols are effective immediately and are subject to change as guidance and information become available to the college, and at the discretion of the Community Safety Director.

Continuing Services with interim changes noted in bold:

    1. 28 West will be staffed 24/7 and typical services are being provided (e.g., I.D. cards, lost & found, connection to resources, etc.)
    2. Campus patrols, non-emergency response to campus incidents, and emergency responses by Community Safety Officers (CSOs) will continue
    3. Unlocks will be performed with appropriate social distancing:
  • Access to facilities is limited to essential functions and persons requesting access must be able to demonstrate a verifiable college-related reason to access the space 
    1. Safety escorts will be provided with appropriate social distancing and the following modifications:
      1. CSOs will walk with people to and from locations on campus for safety purposes
      2. Community Safety may use a vehicle to transport someone for safety reasons when a walking escort is impractical because of mobility limitations, extreme weather, or other objective safety reasons (see vehicle transport guidelines)
    2. Courtesy transports may be performed  using a vehicle under the following conditions (see vehicle transport guidelines)
      1. When a community member requires transportation on campus for an unexpected and unforeseeable event; and,
      2. Transportation using a vehicle is reasonably necessary to protect the health or welfare of the Reed community member
  • Vehicle transport guidelines:
    1. The person(s) to be transported must not be experiencing a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, or be presumed to be COVID-19 positive
    2. The person(s) to be transported shall wear a face mask during the transport. The CSO will provide one, if available.
    3. The person(s) to be transported shall disinfect their hands before entering the vehicle or wear protective gloves during the transport. The CSO may provide these if available.
    4. The person(s) to be transported shall ride in the rear passenger seats

Operational Changes

  • Social Distancing and Infection Control
      1. CSOs will make every effort to stay at least 6 feet away from others while moving through and around buildings
      2. CSOs may use megaphones in outdoor areas to address groups or individuals where closer contact is impractical or not appropriate in order to be heard at a distance
      3. CSOs will wear protective gloves when handling lost and found items
  • Medical Assist Responses
    1. CSOs will continue to respond to all calls for medical concerns on campus but will maintain a 6-foot distance from the person
    2. For minor concerns, CSOs will provide first aid supplies to people for self-use by the person
    3. CSOs may contact Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to assist with medical calls that require hands-on assessment or care
    4. CSOs may contact EMS to assist with people experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or who are presumed or known to be COVID-19 positive

Facility Access Changes

  1. All campus facilities will remain locked and require swipe cards for entry 24/7
  2. Access for all persons is limited to those people performing essential college functions
  3. Student access has been modified as follows:
    1. Students will retain access to the following facilities:
      1. The Gray Campus Center (GCC) from 6:00 a.m. to midnight to access food (including the Food Pantry) and mail services
      2. Eliot Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to access administrative functions
      3. Their assigned residence hall, if applicable
      4. Areas required to perform essential college functions if employed by the college
    2. Students will not have access to the following facilities and areas:
      1. Sports Center
      2. Academic class and study spaces (classrooms, lecture halls, labs, studios, practice rooms, etc.)
      3. Student shared spaces (pool hall, information resources areas, radio station, etc.)
    3. If you have questions about your access, please contact your department head or the person overseeing the space, or email
    4. Requests for access changes will be reviewed by Community Safety Director Gary Granger and other appropriate staff on a case-by-case basis