COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Start of the Fall 2021 Term

The start of the fall term at Reed will include a phased arrival of students, vaccine verification, administration of testing and quarantine protocols, and Orientation programs for new students. Staff and faculty who were working remotely returned to campus in July 2021.

For Students Living on Campus in Fall 2021

The move-in process for students living on campus in the fall 2021 may be found on the Residence Life at Reed website.

To reduce density and minimize exposure to potentially unvaccinated individuals during the move-in process, the college has made the decision to limit who will be allowed in residence halls on move-in day. Each student is allowed to bring two guests/family members to campus for move-in, but only one guest may enter a residence hall to assist with moving.


Student Life
Eliot Hall 218

Residence Life
28 West

International Students

The college recognizes the unique challenges that international students face as they plan their arrangements for fall 2021. International students should review the ISS COVID-19 information page, and reach out to International Student Services for advice and support as needed. 

International students planning arrival to campus for the first time are encouraged to attend International Student Orientation. Registration for the event and further details can be found at the International Student Orientation page. 


International Student Services
Gray Campus Center 104

New Students for Fall 2021


New Student Orientation is specifically designed for first-year and transfer students. Orientation will consist of online modules, which will be reviewed prior to arrival on campus, as well as in-person sessions and social activities during Orientation week.

This fall, we are inviting second-year students who studied remotely last year and were unable to attend Orientation during the fall 2020 semester to participate.

Before Students Arrive for Fall 2021

In June and July, new students have received emails with links to Reed's online Orientation program, which includes important information about academic requirements, registration, student support services, and campus life. The content will be divided into three modules for students to review and complete by August 20. The modules will be available throughout the academic year for ongoing reference

Students should submit all required materials and forms by the respective due dates.

New Student Orientation Week

Orientation week takes place from August 23 to 29. Please check the Orientation website for updated information and contact the Orientation team at with any questions.

Parent & Family Orientation

Reed is planning for an in-person and virtual schedule of events for Parent & Family Orientation 2021. Pre-pandemic, most of our programming was offered in-person. Due to evolving public health protocols, Reed will continue a hybrid approach to Parent & Family Orientation this fall. Read more on the Orientation website.

Notice: Orientation attendees should be prepared to wear face coverings, when designated.


Orientation Team
Student Center

Faculty and Staff

On May 21, 2021, the college communicated that Reed is beginning the process of bringing staff and faculty back to their workplaces on campus in order to be fully ready for the fall semester. Staff and faculty who have been working remotely were instructed to return to work on campus starting July 15.  


Michelle Valintis
Director of Human Resources