COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

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

We are at the stage of the pandemic where Reed students, faculty, and staff are beginning to welcome visitors, hold large in-person events, and travel more freely.  

General Public

As of June 1, 2021, Reed reopened campus to the public; however, until August 16, 2021, most buildings remain closed to the public, with use restricted to current Reed students, faculty, staff, and approved visitors. Starting August 16, 2021 building access will be 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 admission office offers robust digital resources and weekly virtual visit programming to connect prospective students and families with the Reed community from afar. At this time, Reed is also offering in-person admission visits for first-year and transfer applicants; however, visits must be scheduled and confirmed in advance.


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
28 West

In-Person Gatherings and In-Person Events

Capacity Restrictions

There are no longer capacity limitations for in-person gatherings, meetings, events, or classes; however, the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group must approve all in-person activity of 300 people or more.

For in-person events under 300 people, we will resume our pre-pandemic approval process. Conference & events planning (CEP) and the office of student engagement will continue to work with event planners to identify the most appropriate space for events and may still apply event-specific COVID-19 restrictions in situations where events are particularly large or involve extensive close contact.

Face Coverings at Events

Face coverings are welcome, but not required. Some exceptions apply. Anyone who prefers to wear a face covering is welcome to do so. The college also recommends people who are not fully vaccinated wear a face covering in indoor public places. Additionally, event program managers have the right to require all attendees to wear face coverings indoors.


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, director of international programs, 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
Eliot Hall 422