COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

College Operations Safety Measures

Throughout the pandemic, Reed has implemented stringent safety measures and modified operations to limit the spread of the coronavirus on campus. Reed will continue to follow cleaning, disinfecting, and ventilation recommendations, including routine cleaning of high-touch surfaces and improved ventilation. While most facility operations will resume service that is more in line with pre-pandemic operations, there are some exceptions (e.g., library and the sports center facilities). 

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection

Cleaning Protocol

The college is following CDC guidance on the disinfection of public spaces. Reed will continue increased cleaning and disinfecting cycles for restrooms, shared spaces, and high-touch surfaces. 

Air Quality and Mechanical Management

Reed is optimizing each building's outside air and exhaust systems to ensure the highest possible air quality. Some buildings have no mechanical ventilation capabilities and will require manual operations of operable windows for increased ventilation. In all cases, Reed is instructing community members to open windows wherever possible to reduce recirculation of air and transmission of airborne pathogens.

Programmable building controls are being optimized to increase run times and nighttime flush capabilities to flush buildings effectively while they are unoccupied.

Reed is increasing filter replacement frequency to a three-month cycle and using MERV-13 filter media along with ASHRAE standards for air handler filtration.

Because temporary shutdowns and a reduction in normal water use can create hazards, Reed is flushing water systems to ensure potable water quality. 


Facilities Services
Physical Plant

Hand Sanitizer and Personal Cleaning Products

Reed provides alcohol-based hand sanitizer at hand-sanitizing stations in all main entrances to buildings as well as other high-traffic locations. The college also provides sanitizing supplies for personal hygiene in classrooms, offices, computer labs, and residence halls.

If you purchase your own hand sanitizer, make sure it is an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol. All other alcohols (such as methanol) have the potential to contain carcinogenic properties.

If you plan to purchase your own cleaning products, make sure the active ingredients are EPA approved to fight COVID-19. Per the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), containers must be labeled with manufacturer information such as hazard classification.


April Sams
Environmental Health & Safety Director

Enter/Exit Controls

The college has implemented stringent enter and exit controls to campus buildings to limit access to facilities to primarily students, faculty, and staff. We summarize below the controls in place. 
  • Nearly all buildings will require swipe card access, with limited exceptions. 
  • Gray Campus Center (GCC) and Eliot Hall will be unlocked from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The GCC will have limited weekend hours of 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • Some buildings with specific functions (e.g., the library during finals and GCC for late-night access to Homer's Hut) will have extended hours. 
  • Residence halls will continue to require swipe card access 24/7.
  • Swipe card access for faculty and staff will remain 24/7 to authorized areas. 
  • Student swipe card access to most buildings with shared indoor spaces (e.g., PAB and Vollum) will be from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily. Requests to provide individual students access to spaces not in the general plan should be directed to by the faculty, department, or administrator who oversees the program or space.
  • Requests for specific buildings to be unlocked for defined periods of time for programs and events will be managed by Conference & Events Planning (CEP) or college officials with direct responsibility for specific spaces.
Questions or concerns about the overall plan should be directed to Questions or concerns about specific types and areas of access should be sent to


Reed College Community Safety
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Campus Safety Signage

The college developed campus signage that is posted around campus to promote essential public health practices. Customized signs can be ordered through public affairs by submitting a creative project intake form.


Facilities Services
Physical Plant

Dining Services

Bon Appétit operates the college’s food service program. The state of Oregon's COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and campus dining operations have resumed to pre-pandemic operations. 

Bon Appétit partnered with Transact Mobile Ordering to provide students, faculty, and staff with a low/no contact order option. Read more about how to download the app and place an order for pick-up from mobile devices anywhere on campus. Note that the app allows you to pay with either a credit card or your Reed dining account by selecting "Dining ASV."

Students who have been placed in isolation or quarantine by the Reed Health and Counseling Center (HCC) may order Wellness Meals for delivery through Bon Appétit. Students can also order food from an off-campus provider or service (like GrubHub, Instacart, or DoorDash).  

Additional information about dining at Reed is available on the Bon Appétit and Residence Life websites.


Matt Talavera
General Manager
Bon Appétit at Reed College

Eric V. Hauser Library and Performing Arts Resource Center

The library and the Performing Arts Resource Center (PARC) is open to students, faculty, and staff. Until further notice, the library remains closed to the general public and alumni. For updates on hours, access, and services, check their COVID-19 web page


Dena Hutto
Norman F. Carrigg College Librarian

Mail Services

Mail services, located in Gray Campus Center, is open. Current hours and operations are listed on the mail services website.


Sue Zipperer
Mail Services Manager
Gray Campus Center 


The Reed College Bookstore is open, and in-person services are available.  


Reed Bookstore
Gray Campus Center

Sports Center

The Reed Sports Center and related facilities are now open to students, staff, and faculty. However, until further notice, all Sports Center facilities remain closed to alumni and non-community members at this time. Please see the Sports Center web page for operational details. 


Michael Lombardo
Director of Athletics, Fitness & Outdoor Programs
Sports Center