COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Visitors, In-Person Events, Building Access, and Travel

In an effort to reduce density and limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 on campus, Reed has closed its campus to the public, with limited exceptions. This action aligns with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). In addition, students, faculty, and staff must either visibly display their Reed IDs or wear Reed-issued name tags while on campus. The college has also limited the size of in-person events, and college-funded travel and study abroad programs are restricted.

General Public

As of August 3, 2020, the Reed campus is closed to the general public. The closure, which will remain in effect until further notice, encompasses the entire campus, including all facilities, parking lots, lawns, sports fields, canyon trails, and off-leash dog areas.

Alumni Program Events 

Until further notice, the college is not hosting in-person alumni events on campus or in regional chapter cities; however, we invite alumni to stay connected virtually through Reed Remote

Admission Visits

The admission office offers robust digital resources and weekly virtual visit programming to connect prospective students and families with the Reed community from afar.

While the college is closed to the general public, Reed is offering limited in-person admission visits for first-year and transfer applicants. Visits must be scheduled and confirmed in advance.


Admission Inquiries

Vendors and Contractors

Vendors, contractors, and individuals providing professional services to the college may access the campus and facilities as necessary to accomplish the requested or contracted services. Examples:

  • Delivery of mail, food, supplies, and equipment
  • Inspection, maintenance, repair, and installation of campus equipment or systems
  • Removal of refuse and recycling materials

Approved Visitors

All approved visitors to campus must follow relevant CDC, state, and Reed health guidelines to minimize transmission of the virus. Visitors who do not comply with health guidelines will be required to leave campus.

Reed faculty and staff may invite guests to campus for purposes directly related to their roles at the college. Invited guests may include job applicants, prospective students and their families, guest lecturers, and others. Additionally, offices may invite guests to campus to facilitate college programs. While on campus, guests should be accompanied by faculty or staff hosts at all times. Guests are not permitted inside occupied residence halls.

Immediate family members of Reed students, faculty, and staff may be on campus under the following circumstances:

  • If they are accompanied by the student, faculty member, or staff member.
  • If they are members of the student, faculty member, or staff member’s immediate family and reside with that person.

Students are not permitted to invite guests into college residence halls or apartments.


Community Safety 
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In-Person Events 

Oregon has issued guidance on gatherings and indoor social get-togethers. The college will continue to closely follow this guidance related to our in-person event protocols during the pandemic.  


For purposes of this guidance, the following definitions apply:

  • “Event” means a group of individuals meeting for a common purpose, indoors or outdoors. Events include but are not limited to lectures and concerts. An event does not include an indoor social get-together or classroom instruction.
  • “Indoor social get-together” means a group of individuals meeting informally for a common social or recreational purpose indoors. Indoor social get-togethers include but are not limited to indoor dinner parties, birthday parties, game nights, and other similar indoor gatherings. Indoor social get-togethers do not include events.

Approved to Attend

The Reed campus is closed to the general public. This means that in-person events, social get-togethers, and access to buildings and facilities—everywhere on campus, both indoors and outdoors—is limited to students, faculty, staff, and approved visitors. 

Capacity Limitations

Until further notice, Reed is limiting indoor events to 25 peopleindoor social get-togethers to 10 people, and outdoor events to 50 people. In all cases, in-person event or social get-together organizers and all attendees must follow individual public health guidance issued by Reed and comply with federal, state, and local public health guidance. Additionally, all event organizers must adhere to a minimum of 35 square feet per person when determining room capacity, calculated based only on usable classroom space.

Note: for in-person classroom instruction, Reed is following guidance from the OHA and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), which limits the number of people to 25 in counties that are at baseline or in phase one.

Guidance for Holding Events During COVID-19

There are helpful guidelines for events during COVID-19 on the conference & events planning website. 

Room Reservations  

Only rooms that are not reserved for in-person classroom instruction may be reserved for in-person events and indoor social get-togethers. Reservations are first come, first served.

All faculty and staff looking to host an in-person event or indoor social get-together must complete and submit a Facility Use Application. Once the application is received, the conference & events planning office will work with the applicant to coordinate details. All students looking to host an in-person event or indoor social get-together must work with the office of student engagement

Room capacities have been reduced (minimum of 35 square feet per person), and rooms have been reconfigured to support social distancing. A high-level summary of social-distancing room setup diagrams and maximum capacities can be found here. For details, contact conference & events planning.

The following guidelines apply to all in-person events or indoor social get-togethers:

  • Organizers must take rooms in their standard configuration (as is).
  • AV staff are not available to support nonacademic in-person events or indoor social get-togethers.
  • Facilities services staff are not available to support nonacademic in-person events or indoor social get-togethers (furniture delivery and setup, cleaning, etc.).
  • Cleaning supplies, including hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, spray bottles of disinfectant, and paper towels for intermittent cleaning, are available in all common rooms. The individuals using the room are responsible for cleaning and sanitizing the space before and after the in-person event or indoor social get-together.
  • Organizers are responsible for enforcing public health measures, including social-distancing and face-covering requirements.
  • Organizers must keep a record of every participant's name.
  • In-person event or indoor social get-togethers must conclude by 9 p.m. to allow time for the space to be cleaned.

As always, classes and class-related activities take priority in academic spaces; if you are booking a space within the first few weeks of the semester, changes in the academic schedule may require us to move, cancel, or reschedule your in-person event or indoor social get-together.

Building Access & Facilities Usage

Days and Hours of Access

With few exceptions, campus buildings remain locked at all times; entry requires a Reed ID/swipe card. Card access for faculty and staff is available all hours and days for common spaces and areas they use while in their official roles. Card access for students is available for academic and administrative areas from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and for most community spaces from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., all days. Non-residential spaces will be closed to students between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Note: student access to campus will be restricted during winter break. See this communication, which was sent on October 21, 2020, for more information.

Approved Usage

In-person Instructional Spaces

To allow for proper cleaning and sanitation of classrooms, rooms used for in-person instruction are off limits for all other uses. These rooms include traditional classrooms, tents, lecture halls, and areas repurposed for instruction, such as gym space, the chapel, and similar spaces. These areas are identified by signage.

Quad/Commons Tent

During peak meal times, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m., the Commons tent in the Quad is available only for people eating. The tables under the tent may be used for gatherings and other purposes if physical distance can be maintained and if space allows. Please allow those with food to sit if space becomes limited.

Classroom Tents

Two of the tents on the north side of Eliot, Earth and Wind, are reserved for in-person classroom instruction only. The Fire tent is multipurpose.

Common Areas for Ad-hoc Activities

Common areas may be used for ad-hoc study and social purposes while following the college’s public health behavior guidelines. These activities may not interfere with instruction or administrative functions.

The following buildings will generally be available to students between these hours:

Gray Campus Center (GCC): all days 7 a.m.–11 p.m.
Performing Arts Building (PAB) atriums: all days 7 a.m.–11 p.m.
Library: see the library’s posted hours
Student Union (SU): see the SU’s posted hours
Educational Technology Center (ETC): all days 7 a.m.–11 p.m.

Any use of common areas that violates public health guidelines may result in closure for all ad-hoc activities.

Student Engagement Spaces

Some student engagement spaces, including those in the Gray Campus Center, Old Dorm Block, and the Student Union, will remain closed until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation frequently. Space usage may be revised based on campus and local indicators, Oregon Health Authority advice, and government directives.

For information about using activity spaces, including the SU and KRRC studio, please visit the student engagement website.

Access to Rooms for Online Courses

Students enrolled in an online class who want to virtually attend the class while on campus can ask their faculty member to send a room request to conference & events planning (CEP). The faculty member should include the course registration number (CRN) and the day(s) and time(s) of the course. CEP will schedule a room for the semester, if wanted, in which the student can access the course remotely. Try to allow at least twenty-four hours between the request and the class, although a same-day request may be possible.

Access to Residence Halls

Residential buildings are controlled by ID/swipe card access all hours and days. Access is limited to students who are assigned rooms in the space and to college staff in the performance of their official duties. All other access is prohibited, including off-campus students and guests. Guidelines for usage of residence hall common areas can be found on the residence life website.


Community Safety
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Conference & Events Planning (CEP)
Greenwood Building

Student Engagement
Student Center

Travel and Study Abroad

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a global level-3 warning to avoid nonessential travel and continues to discourage domestic travel. Additionally, the United States has placed entry restrictions on individuals arriving from select countries. Governments worldwide have issued similar warnings and entry restrictions, which can change without advance notice. You are responsible for reviewing the current international and domestic travel restrictions before considering travel.

Travel Restrictions

  • Nonessential college-funded travel by students, both international and domestic, is prohibited until further notice. This includes college-funded travel to support summer research projects.
  • All college-funded travel by faculty and staff must be approved by the relevant college vice president or dean.

Personal Travel

The college asks that Reed faculty, staff, and students understand and weigh the risks of personal travel.

If you travel, know and adhere to restrictions for your destination and place of return. During travel, take the appropriate precautions to protect yourself and others, following CDC and Oregon Health Authority guidelines. If you develop symptoms during or after travel, notify your health-care provider immediately.

If you are unable to adhere to these guidelines throughout the duration of your travel, Reed recommends adjusting your on campus activities for two weeks following your return:

  • In conversation with your professors or supervisors, work, study, and attend meetings, classes, and events from home.
  • Avoid public gatherings, common spaces, and other situations that may involve in-person contact with others.
  • Reach out to the HCC, the Reed COVID Risk Assessment Group, or your health-care provider to discuss additional actions that may be appropriate for your situation.

Study Abroad

Due to the continuing impact of COVID-19 around the world, Reed College has canceled student participation in partner study abroad programs for spring 2021. Students may, with the support of their academic advisors, request exceptions to this policy for partner programs that can show safety, security and academic integrity.

Exchange Programs

Reed College has suspended its partner exchange programs for spring 2021. Interested students may seek readmission as early as fall 2021.


Paul D. DeYoung 
Eliot Hall 203