Office for Student Engagement

Division of Student Life

Guidance on Student Events

Updated January 13, 2021

Reed College’s top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our community. The college-wide guidelines for all events on campus apply to student clubs and organizations. At this time, Reed strongly encourages student clubs and organizations to hold events using virtual platforms. Throughout the year, college leadership will continue to monitor the evolution of the pandemic and adjust the guidelines accordingly.

For the purpose of this guidance, “events” include any type of meeting or gathering that is social or otherwise that is not part of classroom instruction.

The in-person events guidelines listed below are temporarily modified in accordance to new COVID-19 prevention measures issued on November 16, 2020

Oregon has issued guidance on gatherings and indoor social get-togethers. The college will continue to closely follow this guidance related to our in-person event protocols during the pandemic.

In-Person Event Size Limits

Please see the current restrictions regarding in-person events on Reed’s COVID-19 website here.  

The new order limits social gatherings—both indoors and outdoors—to no more than six people total from no more than two households. These restrictions apply to all campus common spaces. 

All events, meetings, performances, and other gatherings not directly related to classroom instruction or research must be modified to a virtual format or canceled.

No in-person events will be approved, except those directly related to instructional or research activities, until further notice or until restrictions are lifted by the state.

Reserving Event Spaces

Instructions on how to book an event through the IRIS student event registration portal can be found here. Although in-person events cannot be approved at this time, we encourage students to register virtual events on IRIS so that they can be advertised through the weekly Events and Programs Newsletter and on

Rollback of events

The COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group continues to assess the current health risks to the on-campus community and will make suggested operational adjustments as needed. 

Public Health Guidance During In-Person Events

In all cases, in-person event organizers and all attendees must follow individual public health guidance issued by Reed and comply with federal, state, and local COVID-19 public health guidance. The event organizer is responsible for communicating this guidance to all attendees prior to the event and ensuring that attendees comply during the event.

Contact Us

Student Engagement staff are available by appointment to Reed students, staff and faculty. Please contact our staff for assistance.