COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan


May 20, 2022

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

Thank you for your care and support of Reed’s 250 graduates last weekend. We were able to hold this event because of your care for each other both during the ceremony and throughout this pandemic.  

This week, we write to announce upcoming changes to Reed’s face covering requirements on campus, while also emphasizing the value and importance of masks in reducing the risk of COVID transmission. Beginning Wednesday, June 1, the college will lift the face covering requirement for indoor locations on campus. 

In line with current Oregon Health Authority guidance, masks are still required in all health care settings, including Reed’s Health and Counseling Center. In addition, any class, meeting, or event organizer may require masks for particular gatherings at their own discretion. The COVID Risk Assessment Group strongly encourages mask wearing while indoors in situations where physical distancing is not possible, and for all who feel more comfortable doing so in any situation. The college will continue to stock and supply high quality masks for use by campus community members.

If you have questions, please reach out to us at

In health, 
The COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group

Gary Granger, Director of Community Safety
Karnell McConnell-Black, Vice President for Student Life
Kathy Oleson, Dean of the Faculty & Professor of Psychology
Tawana Parks, Dean of Students
Hugh Porter, Vice President for College Relations & Planning
Suzy Renn, Professor of Biology
Madison Riethman, COVID-19 Response Coordinator
Timmie Rochon, Medical Services Director
April Sams, Director of Risk Management & Environmental Health and Safety
Lynn Valenter, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer