COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Academics & Classes

Reed’s academic plans for the 2020–21 academic year are informed by public health data and Oregon’s reopening plan and shaped to fit the operation of Reed as a small residential college. Course offerings remain largely unchanged in terms of course content. Faculty are working to structurally design their courses as either in-person or online in order to best maintain the strong student-faculty and student-student academic interactions valued in a Reed education.

Within these broad categories, many of the in-person courses will include a remote-access option to accommodate students who cannot return to campus. Similarly, many of the online courses will include a local-access option to provide opportunities for smaller group discussion, studio time, and research projects for those students in the Portland area. Faculty in each department have worked both to ensure that students can make progress toward their major and access courses required for distribution credit regardless of their physical location. Details related to the design of each course and academic faculty advising will be available to students prior to summer registration.

All in-person courses and local-access option components of online courses will adhere to physical-distancing guidelines using classroom spaces with newly calculated room capacity. AV services and the Center for Teaching and Learning are working with faculty to implement novel technology and pedagogical tools to retain the critical sense of connection in all settings.

Academic Calendar

The first day of classes for the 2020–21 academic calendar is August 31. Classes will continue through the fall term without the standard fall break. All in-person instruction will end on November 20, the Friday before the week of Thanksgiving. Classes will resume remotely after Thanksgiving on Monday, November 30, and continue that week as well as on Monday, December 7. The next two days will be Reading Period and Senior Oral Exams, and Final Exams will be held December 10–15.

Contact

Registrar’s Office
Eliot Hall 311
503-777-7793
registrar@reed.edu

Registration

Returning Students

To allow for physical distancing and reduce density during transitions between classes on campus, meeting times for many courses will be adjusted. This may result in changes to the schedule for which students registered last spring. Returning students will be asked to adjust their registration in late July, after information about the course schedule and course format is available.

Incoming Students

Incoming students will register for classes prior to arriving at Reed, and there will be advising sessions in advance of registration. See information, below, under academic advising.

Specific information about registering for classes this summer can be found on the registrar's office site

Contact

Registrar’s Office
Eliot Hall 311
503-777-7793
registrar@reed.edu

Academic Advising

To complete registration this summer, students will discuss their course selection and course updates with faculty academic advisers. Students will be given a new registration PIN to access SOLAR.

Returning students will consult with their academic adviser. Check the registrar's office site for details. 

Contact

Registrar’s Office
Eliot Hall 311
503-777-7793
registrar@reed.edu

Kathy Oleson
Professor of Psychology & Dean of the Faculty
Eliot Hall 318
503-517-5546
koleson@reed.edu

Academic Support

Academic support will continue to offer all core services during the 2020–21 academic year.

  • Individual academic coaching will be available through phone or video meetings.
  • Workshops to build academic and quantitative skills, including skills related to online learning, will be offered online and in person, as space availability and social-distancing guidelines permit.
  • Peer tutoring will be offered throughout the year, initially through video conferencing. Reed may return to in-person tutoring as circumstances develop.
  • Academic support will continue to work closely with faculty to ensure that tutoring is responsive to changes in course-delivery approaches.

Contact

David Gruber
Director of Office of Academic Support
Dorothy Johansen House
503-517-7722
gruberd@reed.edu

Attendance and Sick Leave Policies

Reed has an emergency absence policy for students that provides a framework for sick leave. Alterations to this policy to accommodate required isolation will be noted in the policy. Symptomatic students or those needing to isolate will not be expected to attend in-person classes, and their participation in online activities will be dictated by their specific situation. Each course syllabus will contain details regarding access to missed material.

Contact

Student Life
Eliot 218
503-517-7396
student-life@reed.edu

Deadlines and Policies Regarding Fall 2020 Courses

Deadlines for adding or dropping courses or switching to the Credit / No Credit option are posted on the academic calendar.

Contact

Registrar's Office
Eliot Hall 311
503-777-7793
registrar@reed.edu

Leave of Absence or Withdraw

Leaves of absence, for up to two semesters, can be processed before the start of a semester or during a semester until week 10 according to the standard leave policy. The standard tuition refund policy remains in place with minor alterations due to the elimination of fall break, such that the week of October 18 is counted as week 8 rather than being frozen at week 7.

Contact

Student Life
Eliot Hall 218
503-517-7396
student-life@reed.edu

Grading

The Committee for Academic Policy and Planning (CAPP) is responsible for any deviation from the standard procedure for the evaluation and grading of student academic work. For the fall 2020 semester, the college plans to use its standard procedures for the evaluation of students’ academic performance.

Contact

Kathy Oleson
Professor of Psychology & Dean of the Faculty
Eliot Hall 318
503-517-5546
koleson@reed.edu

On-Campus Research

Each academic department is preparing a phased plan to allow in-person research. Students involved in summer research should consult directly with their home department. Students preparing for thesis research will receive direction from their departments.

Physical Education and Community Engagement

Reed’s physical education (PE) program will provide a combination of socially distanced in-person and online PE courses in the 2020–21 academic year, following the requirements of Multnomah County and the State of Oregon. Virtual options that are both synchronous and asynchronous (streaming and recorded) will be offered, with enough options for everyone who wants or needs PE credit.

Contact

Michael Lombardo
Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Outdoor Programs
Sports Center
503-777-7542
lombardm@reed.edu

Reed’s community engagement (CE) program will be available where remote work is possible or appropriate social-distancing measures can be maintained.

Contact

Jessika Chi
Assistant Dean for Institutional Diversity
Eliot Hall 312
503-517-5065
chij@reed.edu

Travel and Study Abroad

See Visitors, Travel & In-Person Events.