COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Reed College’s COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan below considers the state of Oregon's directives and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) public health recommendations.  

We are excited to come together in person this fall. We have turned the corner; in many ways, Reed is stronger than before the pandemic. I look forward to the return of our vibrant campus life and the strength of Reed—intellectually curious students engaging with brilliant faculty while being supported by dedicated staff in a truly exceptional learning environment.—President Audrey Bilger


Safeguarding Reed’s Program

Reed’s educational work is critically important, both for students at significant junctures in their studies and for faculty pursuing valuable intellectual work. We believe that learning is strongest in the context of interactions between faculty and students and between students.

Caring for Our Community

Reed’s on-site operations are informed by local circumstances and regional readiness and are in alignment with national, state, and local guidelines. Keeping safe during the pandemic is a top priority. Reed’s course of action is multilayered and incorporates public health principles to reduce potential exposure to the coronavirus. Both the college and individuals play a critical role in sustaining the health and well-being of the community. The college will maintain a COVID-19 risk assessment working group chaired by Dean of the Faculty Kathy Oleson and Vice President for College Relations & Planning Hugh Porter. The college will continue to monitor the health of our community and adjust college operations accordingly.


Reed is committed to helping each student have a vibrant educational experience that supports progress toward graduation. Vital to this plan is the recognition that the impact of the pandemic varies among individuals. We are mindful that the pandemic is having an outsized impact on economically disadvantaged communities and communities of color. We have put in place a wide range of resources to lower barriers to participation in academic and other campus programs, including assistance with academic accommodations, financial emergencies, technology, on-campus work opportunities, counseling, and health care.


Testing, Health Monitoring, and Contact Tracing

Reed’s course of action for promoting a healthy community rests on a set of prescribed public health measures, including a plan for COVID-19 testing, daily health monitoring, and contact tracing.

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Individual Responsibility

All community members must comply with federal, state, and local COVID-19 public health guidance. We all play a role in helping to prevent the spread of the virus. 

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Academics and Classes

Reed will resume an academic calendar in line with a pre-pandemic schedule and return to primarily in-person instruction in fall 2021.

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Technology Support

In response to growing needs, Reed provides tools and services to support remote learning, teaching, research, and work.

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Student Housing

Residential housing at Reed follows guidelines developed by the CDC for congregate housing and sets aside housing for quarantine and isolation needs.

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College Operations Safety Measures

Reed has implemented safety measures and modified operations to limit the spread of the coronavirus. While most facility operations will resume service that is more in line with pre-pandemic operations, there are some exceptions (e.g., library and the sports center facilities). 

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Start of the Fall Term

The start of the fall term at Reed will include a phased arrival of students, vaccine verification, administration of testing and quarantine protocols, and Orientation programs for new students. Staff and faculty who have been working remotely were instructed to return to work on campus starting July 15.  

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For Students and Their Family Members

We know students and their family members will have many questions about campus operations during the pandemic. The college has compiled information about student support services, including a list of key resources and answers to questions about financial assistance.

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Visitors, Travel, In-Person Events, and Building Access

We are pleased to be at a stage of the pandemic where Reed students, faculty, and staff are beginning to welcome visitors, hold large in-person events, and travel more freely.

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COVID-19 & Equity

Striving for equity is an inextricable component of maintaining community wellness. While viruses do not discriminate, the college recognizes that COVID-19 has disproportionately affected communities of color, and social-distancing requirements put unique strains on individuals from low socioeconomic backgrounds, with disabilities, with preexisting conditions, or at risk of stigma related to the virus. At Reed, we believe that equity is not merely an aspiration or a lens but a mandate to provide the resources to promote the success of each individual—regardless of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or disability. Along with community health, Reed is putting equity concerns at the forefront of our actions to address COVID-19.

Resources and Support

Reed's response plan includes resources for academic, financial, emotional, and technological support as well as measures to ensure access to healthcare and accommodation of needs relating to disability. Recent examples include providing emergency funds to students with financial needs; ensuring accommodations for online learning environments; and increasing and adapting health and counseling services.

Community Involvement

Misinformation can lead to stigma, xenophobia, and bias. The Reed community can support the college’s equity efforts by staying informed and speaking up when encountering misinformation or bias. If you would like to report a bias incident, please see our Bias Incidents and Discriminatory Harassment Resource Guide.

COVID-19 news &

  • December 3, 2021
  • Four updates from Reed's COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group
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  • December 3, 2021
  • You have been selected for COVID-19 testing next week
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  • November 24, 2021
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  • November 19, 2021
  • Three things from the COVID Risk Assessment Group
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