COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

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

General Public 

As of June 1, 2021, Reed reopened campus to the public and building access is more in line with pre-pandemic operations. Some exceptions apply. For example, until further notice, the library and all sports center facilities, including the ski cabin, are only open to current Reed students, faculty, and staff. 

Any use by groups or organizations must be approved through Reed’s conference and events planning (CEP) office.

Admission Visits

The Office of Admission is open for in-person campus visits that include an information session, campus tour, and optional interview. We invite you to register for your on-campus visits here. Guests should be prepared to wear a face covering for the duration of their visit.

The Office of Admission also offers robust digital resources and weekly virtual visit programming to connect prospective students and families with the Reed community from afar.


Admission Inquiries

Vendors, Contractors, and Approved Visitors

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.

All vendors, contractors, and 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.

If you are a faculty or staff member who invites a vendor or a visitor to campus, you must provide them with a link to the Daily Health Check for vendors and approved visitors and ask them to complete it on a daily basis before they arrive.

Residential buildings are controlled by ID/swipe card access all hours and days. Access is limited to current Reed students, their approved guests (current Reed students, staff, faculty, or contracted affiliates), and college staff in the performance of their official duties or approved activities. Guidelines for usage of residence hall common areas can be found on the Residence Life website.


Community Safety
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In-Person Gatherings and Events

Conference & Events Planning (CEP) and the Office of Student Engagement (OSE) will continue to work with event planners to implement in-person gatherings and events on the Reed campus. 

Public Health Protocols
All event planners and event attendees are required to follow Reed’s face covering protocols at events. Event planners are advised to follow Multnomah County’s guidance on gatherings and events. This being said, the guidance may not be applicable to certain types of gatherings and events at Reed. If you have questions regarding COVID-19 public health protocols for an in-person gathering or event at Reed, consult with Conference & Events Planning (CEP) or the Office of Student Engagement (OSE) and they will work with the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group to assure your question is answered.  


All events organized by students with more than 25 attendees must be approved by OSE. All faculty and staff looking to host an in-person event should work with CEP. 

The COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group must approve all in-person events that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Event is open to non-Reed faculty, students, and staff (e.g., general public or alumni). 
  • Event is expected to have more than 100 people in attendance.
  • Event will involve a meal. Events with light refreshments, snacks, food trucks, or box/takeaway food do not need to be approved by CRAG if they don’t meet any of the other criteria above. Face coverings are to be worn at all times when not actively eating or drinking.

Food and beverages provided at any in-person gathering or event must comply with Reed College's Catering Policy

Room Reservations
All faculty and staff looking to host an in-person event 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 must work with the office for student engagement


Student Engagement

Faculty and Staff
Conference & Events Planning

Travel and Study Abroad

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued global COVID-19 travel recommendations by destination. You are responsible for reviewing the current international and domestic travel restrictions before considering travel.

Study Abroad / Exchange Programs

The college recommends any student interested in traveling abroad or participating in an exchange program during the pandemic work closely with the International Programs Office (IPO)

  • Fall 2021: The college has canceled any fall 2021 programs in countries with a State Department travel advisory at level 4 on or after June 8. If a student’s destination country was at level 4 on June 8, students had the opportunity to work with Allison Blizzard, international programs consultant, and/or their faculty advisor to find alternative options. If the destination country was at level 3 on June 8, the program is "Reed-approved." However, students need to be aware of and willing to adhere to the following: If the destination country moves to level 4 before they depart the US, Reed will cancel the program (even last minute). If the destination country moves to level 4 while abroad, students will be required to return to the US.

    Students will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before departure and adhere to all health and safety precautions while abroad. 

    Students will need to sign a risk awareness document that outlines the health and safety risks, financial risks, and other risks (e.g., not being able to complete the program and/or losing credit).

  • Spring 2022: The office of international programs is actively working with students on study abroad and exchange programs for spring 2022.


Kathy Oleson
Dean of the Faculty

Allison Blizzard