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Academic Advising Handbook

Campus Resources for Advisers & Advisees

The following list provides a brief description and link to helpful websites with staff names and contact information. These campus resources are available to assist students and advisers on a consulting basis. Don't hesitate to contact them to go further in depth about what they have to offer.

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Office of Academic Support

In collaboration with faculty, the Office of Academic Support offers peer tutoring, a cooperative study environment, writing support, workshops, and individualized coaching. Students should consult with their adviser about how the Office of Academic Support can help manage the demands of being a Reed student. Link to webpage.

Administration Committee

Made up of five faculty members (one from each division), a representative from Student Life and the Registrar, the Administration Committee meets weekly during the school year to review student petitions, waivers and college policies. At the close of each semester they participate in grade review for first and second year students to recommend academic actions. When the judicial board is not in session, the faculty members of the committee oversee academic misconduct reports, proceedings and possible sanctions.  Current members are listed on the Dean of the Faculty list of Committees.

Athletics, Fitness, and Outdoor Programs

Sports and Recreation at Reed includes the Physical Education Department, Reed Club Sports, the Reed Outdoor Center, the Ski Cabin, the Gray Fund recreational events, and the Reed Outing Club. Whether students, faculty or staff are interested in outdoor activities, group sports, or individual athletic skill building, there are facilities and professional staff to facilitate a positive learning experience. Link to webpage.


ATLAS is an online advising tool to help advisers and students monitor students’ progress toward degree completion. ATLAS matches a student’s coursework (completed, currently enrolled, or registered in a future semester) to degree requirements in a worksheet that shows how courses count toward degree requirements. Access ATLAS by logging in to IRIS and clicking the link or by navigating to

Center for Life Beyond Reed

The Center for Life Beyond Reed guides students and new alumni, often with the help of successful alumni and community partners, to engage in understanding and exploring their purpose during their time at Reed and post graduation. The Center includes trained advisers and employer relations staff. Our vision is that through your work with the Center for Life Beyond Reed, you will better understand your interests and purpose; learn about opportunities in a wide variety of fields; become a leader in your chosen field; engage with and thrive in the global marketplace through meaningful, purposeful work. The Center for Life Beyond Reed is located in Prexy near the southwest corner of campus. Link to webpage.

Community Safety

For non-emergency assistance, please call Dispatch at x 5355 (503-517-5355), or text Dispatch at 503-849- 8678. In case of an emergency, please call Dispatch at x 6666 (503-788-6666) or 911. If 911 is called, Community Safety MUST be called immediately after that to ensure coordination between Community Safety and emergency responders. Community Safety Officers (CSOs) are on duty 24/7/365. CSOs patrol all campus areas, provide community services (e.g., safety escorts, door unlocks, jump starts, etc.), take crime reports, and respond to emergencies. CSOs are trained to provide emergency medical assistance and to call for police/fire/medical responders when necessary. Community Safety has trained staff to receive and investigate reports of sexual assault and/or refer reports to both internal and external resources. Community Safety staffs the college's switchboard and triages request for most services after hours. Link to webpage.

Disability and Accessibility Resources

DAR works with faculty and students to determine the appropriate academic adjustments and services for students with documented disabilities. Students who would like to request accommodations, or anyone who has questions about disability support services for students, should contact the Director, or consult the website for more information.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office administers all financial aid programs and provides information regarding federal, state, and institutional grant, loan, and employment opportunities. See Glossary for key considerations when advising students on financial aid. Link to webpage.

Health and Counseling Services

Reed College Health and Counseling services are available to evaluate, help maintain, and promote general student health so that students may make the most of their education. The counseling staff includes psychologists, social workers, and mental health nurse practitioners. The medical staff includes nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and a medical assistant. The community Wellness program supports student health through a variety of student promoted wellness activities. Link to webpage.

Office for Inclusive Community

The Office for Inclusive Community supports the Multicultural Resource Center, Peer Mentor Program, and SEEDS (Students for Education, Empowerment, and Direct Service). OIC seeks to create and sustain an inclusive campus environment that meets the needs of all its members. This is accomplished through collaborations with student organizations, and campus programming such as Tuesday Talk dialogues, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Learning & Engagement, Black History Month, and Latinx History Month. OIC coordinates resources and programming to support students of color, first generation students, LGBTQIA students, and for all students as they explore the intersections of identity, power, and privilege. Link to webpage.

International Programs Office

The International Programs office at Reed is responsible for a variety of services for the Reed Community centered around enhancing international educational opportunities such as study abroad, domestic exchanges and the foreign language scholar program. It also provides assistance for faculty regarding immigration status in the United States. Link to webpage.

International Student Services

An exceptionally diverse group of students benefits from a range of programs and support offered by international student services (ISS). ISS programming—including International Student Orientation, the Host Family Program, and the InterConnect peer mentor program—offers support to international students and Third Culture Kids. ISS provides assistance and guidance on immigration regulations for students on F-1 or J-1 visas. Additionally, ISS collaborates with other campus offices to provide resources and programs that help international students acclimate to life in the U.S. and thrive at Reed. Link to webpage.

Registrar's Office

The Registrar staff provides a range of services including: Student enrollment verification; Grade submission and processing; Registration procedures, add/drop, section change, adviser change, leave of absence and withdrawal processing; academic requirements and policy clarification; discussion of progress toward graduation and special circumstances; Transcript requests; Transfer credit clarification and process; submission of student petitions for consideration by the Administration Committee; Updates to the Catalog and Faculty Code and more! Link to webpage.

Residence Life Office

The office of Residence Life fosters a residential experience aimed at supporting students in their academic pursuits, personal growth, and participation in an interdisciplinary community. Residence Life oversees the experience of living on campus at Reed. The team includes both professional staff members, who hold positions as administrative staff and area coordinators, and students, who fill the role of house advisers. Residence life coordinates placement in on-campus, facilitates community-focused programming, and ensures a safe and welcoming environment in the residence halls and other college housing options for students. Link to webpage.


SEEDS (Students for Education, Equity, and Direct Service) builds mutually beneficial relationships within the Portland community to foster sustainable and positive change. SEEDS is committed to complementing the academic mission and supporting Reed students in developing tools for self-reflection and passion for lifelong community engagement. Our programming includes weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly volunteer opportunities; the Off-campus Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program, which allows FWS-eligible students to earn FWS wages working in community organizations; support for faculty teaching courses that include community-based learning components; the Reed Community Pantry; on campus discussions with local community organizers, and more. Link to webpage.

Office for Student Engagement

The Office for Student Engagement, formerly known as the Student Activities Office, seeks to help students create community, practice interpersonal and leadership skills, and find some well-deserved outlets for relaxation and fun. Our major programs include the Reed Leadership Academy, leadership and involvement programs and workshops, the Gray Fund, Orientation, advising student senate, working with student groups wishing to organize on campus events, and advising the Model UN, Mock Trial, and Chess Teams. Students can visit us in the Student Center to learn how they can become engaged in campus life. Link to webpage.

Student Life Office

Student Life staff are committed to working collaboratively to support student success. Students are invited to contact the Dean’s office for guidance regarding their progress and engagement at the college, including questions relating to administrative and academic issues or college policies and procedures. The Dean of Student Life Office works with faculty, staff, and parents to coordinate a comprehensive network of support for all students. Link to webpage.

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