COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan


Visibly display your Reed ID or wear your Reed name tag while on campus—help us reduce on-campus density.

August 4, 2020

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

On Monday, August 3, Reed closed the campus to the public in an effort to reduce population density and lessen the risk of coronavirus transmission. During this closure, the college is requiring all community members to visibly display their Reed IDs or Reed-issued name tags while on campus.

Because we will be wearing face coverings in most instances, we may not easily recognize one another. Displaying your Reed identification will help all of us—students, faculty, and staff—feel more confident; it will also minimize the need for community safety to ask for Reed identification.

What do I need to do and when?

Beginning on August 10, all students, faculty, and staff must either visibly display their Reed IDs or wear Reed-issued name tags while on campus. To “visibly display” means to wear your Reed identification in a way that can be seen by someone passing you on a sidewalk. You can wear your identification on a lanyard around your neck, on your lapel, or on your backpack, for example. It just needs to be visible! People engaging in activities that make it unsafe or impractical to wear Reed identification are exempt while performing those activities, but they should have their Reed IDs with them.

What about identifying Reed vendors and approved visitors?

Vendors and contractors are required to identify themselves by wearing uniforms, name tags, or company identification. Each approved visitor must be accompanied by a Reed sponsor.

What happens if my Reed identification is not visible?

If community safety officers (CSOs) don’t see your Reed identification, they will ask you to make it visible. If Reed identification is not made visible or available, you may be delayed while the CSO confirms your identity.

Need a way to display your Reed identification?

Pick up a free lanyard when you are tested for COVID-19 on campus or stop by the community safety office at 28 West to get one.

Thank you for your help in keeping our community safe from the spread of the coronavirus.


Gary Granger
Reed College Community Safety