Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Life

Move-In Process: Spring 2021

Following public health guidance, the college limits who will be allowed on campus and in residence halls. We regret that friends and family will not be permitted inside Reed housing. 

On-campus students must take a COVID-19 test before they are permitted to move into their Reed housing. Testing will occur on January 14, 15 , 20, and 21. Hours are still being finalized with the staffing company and it is likely that testing will occur between 9am - 3pm. Students will receive an email to sign up and secure their testing time slot by November 16. Card swipe access will not be turned on until a student completes their COVID-19 test. 

Early arrival requests cannot be accommodated.

How to Prepare for Move-In in January

We ask all community members who plan to be on campus or engage in person with students, faculty, or staff to practice social distancing at all times and not to expand their in-person social circles for a minimum of two weeks prior to arriving on campus. All students who plan to be on campus should complete a home quarantine for a minimum of two weeks prior to arriving on campus. 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. If you had close contact with a person who has COVID-19, you must quarantine and be clear of COVID-19 symptoms before returning to campus. If you suspect or know that you have COVID-19, you must isolate and only return to campus once cleared by your medical provider.

If you’re experiencing travel delays and will miss your appointment time, please email Residence Life as soon as possible.

Self-Quarantine Prep: You are expected to remain in your room after arrival until you receive a negative COVID-19 test and are cleared by College staff. Think about what entertainment or activities you may want to do while remaining in your room. We know that new students arriving on campus are eager to make connections with their peers, and virtual Paideia classes will be offered throughout the week. Other ideas include your favorite snacks or ways to decorate your room after arrival. If you test positive, the College will work with you on next steps.


What happens during my arrival timeslot?

Testing will take place in Gym 2 of the Sports Center. More details will be provided closer to the arrival dates. 

What does quarantine look like? 

While self-quarantining, students are expected to follow these guidelines to limit contact with other community members:  

  • Stay in their room, except to do the following:
    • Use the bathroom 
    • Pick up items or food ordered through the mobile dinning app from Commons (the dining hall). You may only pick up food from Commons and cannot enter the dining hall until you get a negative test result.
    • Seek emergency medical care 
  • Abide by social distancing and face coverings guidelines:
    • Wear a face coverings at all times when not in your room, except when showering or engaging in oral hygiene 
    • Maintain six feet distance from all other community members
    • Avoid utilizing common spaces during posted cleaning times

What about my packages that are in the mailroom and bookstore? 

Please plan to pick your items up after your quarantine period is over. If you have essential items that are needed during your quarantine period, contact mail services and bookstore directly. 

How do I know when my quarantine period is over? 

If your test is positive, you will receive a phone call from the HCC. If your test is negative, you will receive a secure message through the student health portal or be able to log into a secure website for your test results.  

Additional information about training, testing, health monitoring, and contact tracing can be found here.

If you are in need of accommodations due to disability or medical condition, please contact