Reed’s housing plan for the 2020–21 academic year is focused on a shared commitment to protect the health of the campus community. Following guidance for residential activities outlined by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Higher Education Coordinating Committee (HECC), residence halls will be open and operate with reduced density and new protocols. While this means the college will not be able to accommodate as many students in on-campus housing, the college will provide off-campus housing resources and support.
To minimize potential spread of the coronavirus, all bedrooms in residence halls and campus apartments will be treated as single occupancy. Each student will be assigned a room for college housing. Moving to single occupancy will reduce on-campus housing availability; instead of being able to provide on-campus housing to 1,130 students, the college will be able to accommodate only about 820 students.
New Students: Pods
The residence life office will organize first-year students into residential “pods” or cohort groups. This means that students who are registered for the same classes will be grouped together.
From a public health perspective, the residential pod system is a risk-reduction measure because it allows students to conduct all their activities in small groups that remain together over time. Residential pods will vary in size from 10 to 26 students. The pods will be based on in-person courses and Humanities 110 sections, with some exceptions. For example, incoming transfer students are less likely to have common courses but may be grouped together in a pod.
New students who completed their housing forms by June 30 are guaranteed housing. Housing assignments will be emailed to new students in the first week of August.
Returning Students: Housing Priority & Assignments
Returning students who completed housing applications by the deadline will be assigned on-campus housing in the following order:
- Rising sophomores
- Returning international students
- Returning students who have been issued a specific disability-related accommodation for guaranteed on-campus housing
- Returning students who have previously demonstrated a need and been approved for priority housing
Returning students who do not fall into the categories above will be assigned randomly generated lottery numbers and will be assigned housing in that order. Please note that returning students will be assigned rooms by residence life staff based on a student's preferences, student status, and assignment time slots. Students will not be able to select their own rooms.
On July 2, more details regarding student housing were emailed to returning students who had signed up for room registration. New room assignments for returning students will be emailed by July 20 along with a link to sign up for a move-in time.
COVID-19 Housing Contract Addendum
All on-campus students will be required to sign a COVID-19 addendum to the 2020–21 housing contract. This addendum outlines individual responsibilities related to protecting the health and safety of the college community.
Quarantine and Isolation Housing Support
On-campus students who test positive for COVID-19 will be relocated to a stand-alone residence hall designated for isolation. Students identified as having experienced close contact with the positive individual will be instructed to quarantine in their residence hall room. Students in isolation or quarantine will receive delivered meals, cleaning supplies for their restroom and living space, academic support, and regular telehealth check-ins from a member of Reed's medical team.
Residence halls will remain open until Sunday, November 22, the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. Students should plan to move out by that date. There will be an application process made available in October for students who need to remain on campus.
Should the college be forced to ask students to leave campus during the fall semester due to pandemic conditions, the college will prorate room and board charges and refund unused board points.
Reed is dedicated to providing students with the necessary information and tools to successfully secure safe and affordable off-campus housing. This comprehensive off-campus housing resource guide covers topics such as budgeting, locating off-campus housing, what to consider when signing a lease, transportation to and from campus, and cooking and eating off campus.