COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Start of the Spring 2021 Term

The start of the spring term at Reed will mirror the format of the fall term, including a phased arrival of students, quarantine protocols, surveillance testing for community members, and employee work plans that reflect current public health regulations.

For Students Accessing Campus in Spring 2021

All students are asked to complete a 14-day home quarantine prior to their return to campus for the spring semester.

All students who will be on campus in the spring must complete COVID-19 surveillance tests at Reed prior to the start of the semester. Following their tests, students must quarantine until they receive a negative test result. Tests will be offered January 14–15 and January 20–21. Students can expect test results within 48 hours.

Students who live on campus will be required to arrive in phases in order to allow time for testing, and they must take their COVID-19 tests before they move into Reed housing. 

Students living off campus will not be allowed to participate in other on-campus activities until they receive a negative test result.

Students will receive an email to sign up for testing time slots by November 16.  

Electronic access to campus buildings may be suspended for students who fail to meet testing requirements.

Following public health guidance, the college limits who is allowed on campus and in residence halls. We regret that friends and family are not permitted in the residence halls at this time.


Student Life
Eliot Hall 218

Residence Life
28 West

International Students

The college recognizes the unique challenges that international students face as they plan travel to campus or take classes remotely. International students should refer to the COVID-19 information on the International Student Services (ISS) website and reach out to the ISS Program Director for individual advising as needed. Please note that the college is seeking to better accommodate remote students and prioritizing housing for all international students in the spring semester.


International Student Services
Gray Campus Center 104

New Students for Spring 2021


Spring Orientation is a hybrid of self-directed content, live virtual sessions, and small in-person programs. It is specifically designed for transfer students and first-year students moving to campus for the first time.

Before You Arrive
In late December, new students will receive an email with a link to Reed's online Orientation program, which includes important information about academic requirements, registration, student support services, and campus life. The content will be available throughout the spring semester for ongoing reference.

All students are required to complete Reed's COVID-19 Prevention & Policy Training prior to the start of the semester.

Orientation Week
The Orientation team will provide details regarding spring Orientation in late December. New students should plan to arrive on January 14 or 15. 


Orientation Team
Student Center

Faculty and Staff

Staff work plans will be determined by department directors or associate deans. These plans will reflect current Oregon Health Authority and Multnomah County guidance.

All faculty and staff who will be on campus in the spring will be asked to complete a COVID-19 surveillance test at the start of the semester. Tests will be offered January 15–16 and January 20–21.


Michelle Valintis
Director of Human Resources