COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Visitors, Travel & In-Person Events

In an effort to reduce density and lessen the risk of coronavirus transmission 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.

Admission Tours

While the college is closed to the general public, Reed is offering limited in-person admission tours. The admission office has also developed robust digital resources and virtual visit programming to connect prospective students and families with the Reed community from afar.


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.

Updated: August 10, 2020, at 11 a.m. 


Community Safety 
28 West

In-Person Events

Multnomah County, where Reed resides, remains in Phase 1 of reopening. Reed is following state Phase 1 guidelines for in-person events. On July 15, 2020, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued updated guidance regarding gatherings and indoor social get-togethers. The maximum capacity for indoor or outdoor gatherings is 25 people. The maximum capacity for indoor social get-togethers is ten people. For in-person classroom instruction, Reed is following OHA and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) guidance, which limits the number of people to 25 in counties that are at Baseline or in Phase I. To limit the spread of the coronavirus, Reed will follow operations safety measures and asks all individuals on campus to comply with federal, state, and local COVID-19 public health guidance. 

Updated: July 16, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. 


Conference & Events Planning (CEP)
Greenwood Building

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 discourages personal travel, both international and domestic.

Precautions If You Must Travel

If you must travel, be aware of and adhere to restrictions for your destination and place of return. During travel, take the appropriate precautions to protect yourself and others and follow CDC guidelines. If you develop symptoms during or after travel, notify your health care provider immediately.

Study Abroad

Reed College has canceled participation in its partner study abroad programs for fall 2020 except in truly exceptional cases where studying abroad does not require travel (because students are already abroad) and program quality can be assured. Reed will work with students who were intending to study abroad on a case-by-case basis in an effort to find suitable alternatives in the spring.

Exchange Programs

Reed College has suspended its partner exchange programs for fall 2020. Interested students may seek readmission as early as spring 2021.


Paul D. DeYoung 
Eliot Hall 203