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COVID-19: Classes Will Move Online for Rest of Semester

Students should prepare to leave campus this week. Dorms close March 27.

By Chris Lydgate ’90 | March 15, 2020

Responding to the rapid evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, Reed College President Audrey Bilger today announced important updates to Reed’s response and prevention plan. 

“First and foremost, we want to do what is in our power to safeguard the health of all individuals in our community,” President Bilger said.

Key takeaways:

  • All classes will move online for the duration of the semester after Spring Break. 
  • Students should leave campus for the remainder of the term as soon as possible after classes end on Wednesday, March 18; they must leave by Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m.
  • Reed is implementing a housing petition process for students with special circumstances that prevent them from leaving campus by March 27. 
  • Reed will make pro-rata refunds of room and board base charges for students who leave campus.

The changes were made in response to rapidly unfolding circumstances on the local, national, and international level; input from the Reed community; consideration of the college’s ability to manage a situation in which a large number of people might become ill; and the possibility that future actions could be restricted by government mandate. 

“During this unprecedented time, we remain committed to maintaining our academic program,” Bilger continued. “Classes will continue to the fullest extent possible, albeit online, so that students can continue their coursework and make progress toward fulfilling graduation requirements.”

The college is committed to supporting students who are experiencing financial difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To date, no cases of COVID-19 have been reported on the Reed campus. 

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