COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan


February 3, 2021

Dear Reed students and families,

This email is being sent to you as part of the college’s continued efforts to communicate and enforce COVID-19 weekly testing requirements for students who are accessing campus on a regular basis during the spring 2021 semester. Multnomah County, where Reed College resides, remains in the "extreme risk" category assigned by Governor Brown. While Reed has had a relatively low number of positive cases, we have identified testing compliance as a crucial component of keeping Reed a safe place to live, work, and study. Please see below for details on the college’s increased focus on compliance. This information can also be found on Reed’s COVID-19 testing web page.

Students living on campus and students living off campus but participating in on-campus activities are required to participate in testing twice a week, no less than 72 hours apart. On-campus activities include but are not limited to classes, research, library access, employment, or accessing other campus resources with or without an appointment.

Students who fail to participate in the college’s testing plan may be excluded from in-person classes, campus facilities, and college housing. Specifically, failure to participate in testing may result in the following actions:

One missed week of testing

First warning sent via email

Two consecutive missed weeks of testing

Second warning sent via email; student’s faculty adviser and instructors notified

Three consecutive missed weeks of testing

Final warning sent via email; student’s faculty adviser and instructors notified; faculty may prohibit student from attending in-person classes; student ineligible for on-campus housing beyond April 11

Four or more consecutive missed weeks of testing

Student’s faculty adviser and instructors notified; faculty strongly encouraged to prohibit students from attending any in-person classes; spring 2021 housing probation (on-campus students); card swipe removal (off-campus students)

If you need to sign up for your testing appointments or change your weekly schedule, please visit the testing sign up page.

If you are not accessing campus during the spring semester, please complete this campus-access form, and we will remove you from future emails.

If you have any questions about COVID-19 testing requirements for spring, please send an email to

Cindy Anderson
Interim Dean of Students

Madison Riethman, MPH, CPH
COVID-19 Response Coordinator and Health Project Manager