Community life at Reed is intended to complement the college’s academic program through a commitment to creating and learning together in a community of scholars from diverse racial, ethnic, national, religious, socioeconomic, and political backgrounds. Richard Scholz, the college’s second president (1921-24), stated the college’s aspiration in his inaugural address: “Education is not merely a process of instruction, nor an individual matter of self-development. It is also a matter of self-realization through membership in a community of like-minded and congenial ‘comrades of the quest’ for knowledge and for wisdom.”
Since the college’s founding, members of the Reed community have described the Honor Principle as one of the most important and distinctive features of the college. In its most basic definition, the Honor Principle instructs us that any action that causes unnecessary pain or discomfort to any member of the Reed community, to any group within the community, or to the community as a whole is a violation of the Honor Principle. Reed community members are expected to actively engage the Honor Principle.
The origins of the Honor Principle can be traced to the first class of Reed students, who “voted to relieve the faculty of the burden of enforcing honesty in … tests, and agreed to make it a ‘point of honor’ not to cheat in examinations.” In 1973 the faculty adopted a more explicit statement about the Honor Principle that reconfirmed the community’s responsibility for “maintaining standards of honesty and mutual trust in their academic and social lives… . The Honor Principle also demands the respectful concern of each person for the other, and the exercise of conscionable judgment in all actions toward individuals and their property.” This statement continues, “Although the college does not call upon its members to sign a pledge of honor, it does recognize the necessity for tacit agreement of all its members to support the Honor Principle by governing their own conduct in accordance with its spirit, [and] by respecting regulations which the community has established.”
The preamble to the community constitution applies to all students, faculty members, and staff members. It states, “We declare our commitment to honorable conduct in academic and community affairs, and we reaffirm one another’s rights to freedom of inquiry and expression in coursework, scholarship, and the day-to-day life of the Reed community. Since such freedom requires an atmosphere of trust and mutual confidence, we further declare that dishonesty, intimidation, harassment, exploitation, and the use or threat of force are incompatible with the preservation of this freedom.”
The Honor Council is responsible for educating members of the Reed community about the meaning and importance of responsible and honorable conduct at Reed College. The Honor Council advocates for Reed community members and provides advice and support as they navigate Reed’s multiple adjudication processes. Members of the Honor Council also provide confidential advice to those seeking conflict resolution. The Honor Council works through three subcommittees. The mediation subcommittee oversees the process of formal mediation, including the provision of third-party mediators. The community rights subcommittee may bring honor cases on behalf of the community when the community’s rights have been violated. The education subcommittee raises awareness of the Honor Principle and facilitates discussions about honor on campus.
The Honor Council, along with the Judicial Board and the Restorative Justice Coalition (RJC), provides student-led options to address interpersonal conflict or harm to individuals or the community. Both the Honor Council and the RJC offer voluntary processes, with the Honor Council providing mediation and the RJC facilitating community building circles and harm circles. When violations of honor or policy rise to the level of adjudication, the student Judicial Board, the Sexual Misconduct Board, and the Title IX grievance process have primary responsibility for adjudicating formal complaints against students.
Division of Student Life
The Division of Student Life provides support to students, faculty, staff, families, and community members. Their central purpose is to help students access campus support resources, particularly during difficult situations. Student life works with students and relevant campus partners to address challenges and problems, and help advance ideas for positive change on campus. Additionally, the staff in the Division of Student Life possess an effective understanding of college policies, procedures, and community life, and work with the Reed community to address conflicts, eliminate barriers to success, and connect with campus and community resources.
Student Life Office
The student life office works closely with students, faculty, staff, and parents in an effort to coordinate a comprehensive network of support for all students. Students are invited to contact the office for guidance regarding their progress and engagement at the college, including questions relating to administrative and academic issues and college policies and procedures. Please visit reed.edu/student-life for more information.
Descriptions of a few of the resources and services available within student life are listed below.
Students choose Reed because they seek to challenge themselves intellectually and personally. In order to assist students as they rise to meet those challenges, Reed offers opportunities for students to work on their academic skills both inside and outside the classroom. In collaboration with faculty, the Office of Academic Support offers free resources to Reed students, such as peer tutoring, a cooperative study environment, writing and quantitative support, workshops, and individualized coaching.
Peer tutors, who are undergraduates recommended by faculty, provide deep understanding and a student perspective on Reed’s approach to academics. Tutors are available for many courses and subjects across the curriculum, such as biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, physics, mathematics, languages, and writing. Tutors might collaborate with students to talk through a particularly difficult problem set, offer feedback on lab reports, ponder questions about course materials, or share a fresh perspective on a concept that’s almost within reach. Cooperative learning is a cornerstone of the Reed education; this is such a popular resource that over half of all current tutors have been tutored themselves.
Individual academic coaching by the Office of Academic Support staff gives students a chance to develop goals and improve the skills needed for college success. Coaching allows students to explore strategies related to learning, such as study skills, time management, writing, and quantitative skills development, as well as how to manage testing anxiety, procrastination, social pressure, and academic stress. Students can consult with staff to develop personalized strategies for success from their first Humanities 110 paper to the oral defense of their thesis.
Additional resources, including tutor and workshop schedules, are available at reed.edu/academic_support.
Athletics, Fitness, & Outdoor Programs
The athletics, fitness, & outdoor programs department provides everything students need to enjoy an active lifestyle and to take advantage of all the recreational activities Oregon has to offer. There are opportunities to challenge those with varsity backgrounds, those who are new to the gym, and everyone in between.
In addition to the more than 50 physical education courses the college offers, the department sponsors a number of club sport teams and special events throughout the year. In recent years, Reed students have participated in basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, rugby, and squash. The club teams have an opportunity to play against various teams across the Northwest region in a competitive and social atmosphere. Reed also offers outdoor education classes, including kayaking, outdoor skills development, rock climbing, winter camping, and backcountry navigation.
Please visit reed.edu/sports_center for more information on physical education classes, team sports, and events.
Center for Life Beyond Reed
The Center for Life Beyond Reed applies a purpose-focused model to teach students to develop their clarity of purpose, application and interview skills, networks, and confidence as they plan for and engage with life beyond Reed, including graduate school, national fellowships, and work. CLBR advisers develop relationships with faculty, staff, alumni, parents, community partners, and employers so that students have access to quality resources, special programs, and a variety of opportunities and experiences beyond the classroom.
CLBR is a center of funding for internships and other career advancement activities. The center advises for nationally competitive awards (Watson, Fulbright, Rhodes, and others) in collaboration with faculty on the Fellowships and Awards Committee. Staff members also provide assistance to students in the pursuit of fellowships and advanced studies in graduate or professional school.
Alumni of the college are enlisted as volunteers to support students in making the transition to the world beyond Reed. Students can search a secure online database of Reed alumni, and CLBR advisers help students connect to individuals and organizations of interest. Many alumni volunteers are available to support career-related programming.
Visit reed.edu/beyond-reed/ for more information.
The Students for Education, Equity, and Direct Service (SEEDS) program builds mutually beneficial relationships within the Portland community and connects students to community engagement opportunities in order to foster sustainable positive change, tools for self-reflection, and a passion for lifelong community engagement.
SEEDS programs, which reflect a wide range of interest and issue areas, include weekly, biweekly, monthly, and/or one-time community engagement opportunities. To promote access to community engagement, SEEDS manages Reed’s off-campus Federal Work-Study (FWS) program. Students who qualify can earn an hourly wage while working with FWS-eligible community organizations and public agencies around Portland. Additionally, all students can earn 2 units of their Physical Education and Community Engagement graduation requirement by volunteering for at least two hours per week with SEEDS partner organizations. SEEDS also promotes civic engagement by hosting on-campus blood drives; encouraging voter engagement; and holding a speaker series, Collective Voices, featuring local community organizers and activists who share with students about their community work and how to get involved. Finally, SEEDS manages the Reed Community Pantry (RCP). The RCP provides food items, toiletries, hygiene products, school supplies, and more, at no cost to members of the Reed community.
Visit reed.edu/seeds for more information on SEEDS programs and community partners.
The primary mission of the community safety office is the safety and well-being of the Reed community, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Community safety staff seek to achieve this through collaboration with all members of the Reed community as well as with a variety of supportive resources in the greater Portland area.
Community safety oversees the college’s programs and activities in several key areas, including emergency preparedness, crime prevention and response, and alcohol and other drug policy monitoring, and acts as the primary liaison with law enforcement. The office operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, providing patrols of the college campus and facilities. Reed College community safety officers (CSOs) are trained and able to assist with CPR and first aid, mental health first aid, fire safety, criminal incident reporting, crime prevention, vehicle jump starts and unlocks, vehicle and bicycle registrations, and parking. Community safety dispatch serves as a resource for students with medical or psychological needs after hours by helping students connect with the appropriate resource, and by working with parents who need to call their student in an emergency. The emergency phone number is 503-788-6666. The nonemergency number, which is also the college switchboard, is 503-517-5355. The nonemergency number to text is 503-849-8678.
Working to keep the Reed community safe, CSOs provide safety escorts on campus 24 hours a day, and the college provides free bus service at night to take off-campus students who live in the vicinity from the library to their doorsteps.
Visit reed.edu/community_safety for more information.
Disability & Accessibility Resources
Disability & Accessibility Resources (DAR) is a resource for students who have a medical condition, mental health condition, or other disability that affects their life at Reed. DAR staff work with students on an individualized basis to determine eligibility for accommodations in order to remove barriers and ensure equal access to Reed’s programs.
Students who are interested in learning more about DAR and the accommodation process are welcome to email staff at email@example.com or to schedule an appointment through their online booking page: https://reeddar.youcanbook.me/index.jsp.
More information about DAR is available at their website: reed.edu/disability-resources/.
Fellowships & Awards
The fellowships & awards office, in the Center for Life Beyond Reed, publicizes scholarship and fellowship opportunities and engages and assists students in pursuing a range of goals including research, study, teaching, and pursuit of arts or other special projects during and after their time at Reed. With the Committee on Fellowships and Awards, staff coordinate the application and nomination processes for those award programs requiring an institutional endorsement, and they work directly with students to identify relevant opportunities and prepare competitive applications. Through the Center for Life Beyond Reed, students receive assistance in drafting and editing resumes, cover letters, and application essays; assistance in reviewing applications for completeness; and tips on successful interviewing.
Visit reed.edu/beyond-reed/fellowships-awards/index.html for more program details.
Health & Counseling Services
The Reed College Health & Counseling Center (HCC) strives to promote students’ ongoing health and well-being as well as academic, personal, and multicultural growth. We embrace the inherent value of diversity and we endeavor to promote a safe environment that respects and upholds the dignity and civil rights of all persons. The HCC acknowledges the injustice and profound impact of discrimination and marginalization of individuals and groups and their effects on students’ well-being. We continue to expand our self-awareness and understanding of how diversity influences concepts of holistic health and well-being.
The HCC is an integrated clinic, providing primary care services as well as counseling and limited psychiatric medication management. Our medical clinic is staffed with nurse practitioners, a mental health prescribing provider, registered nurses, and certified medical assistants. Our mental health clinic is staffed with licensed psychologists, social workers, and professional counselors. At times, we have interns working under the supervision of our licensed professional staff. We are committed to providing high-quality services with sensitivity to each student’s culture, gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning style, and socioeconomic status.
Scheduling and Services
For medical care, students can self-schedule an appointment through the student health portal or call the HCC. Students with urgent concerns may obtain a same-day nurse triage visit. Students with health concerns after hours may call the nurse advice line, Fonemed. The consulting nurses will offer medical advice and refer students to appropriate medical care as needed. The telephone number for Fonemed is available on the HCC website or by calling the main Reed switchboard. Students who require emergency services should call the community safety office and/or 911.
The HCC offers short-term mental health counseling for students. Students seek counseling for many reasons, including personal problems, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, academic pressures, adjustment to college life, mild to moderate psychiatric disorders, grief, loneliness, identity, and problems related to drugs and alcohol. In addition to individual counseling, groups are available as specific interests and needs arise.
Students who are interested in individual counseling may schedule a screening appointment by contacting the HCC. Same-day services are available for urgent needs. The Reed Counseling Hotline is available 24/7 and is staffed by licensed mental health professionals available to provide telephonic support and referrals for students with mental health concerns. The telephone number is available on the HCC website.
Students may also utilize TogetherAll, an online, confidential peer-support application monitored by licensed clinicians, by going to TogetherAll.com and logging in with their Reed email address. Additionally, students have access to Uwill. Uwill offers students immediate access to counseling with a therapist of their choice should the need arise. There is no cost to use Uwill, and the college will provide students with 360 counseling credits for their sessions. Students are able to choose a time that fits their schedule, with day, night, and weekend availability. Students are also able to choose their appointment type: video, phone, chat, or message.
All medical and counseling records remain separate from student academic records and are treated as confidential as required by state and federal laws. Information is released only with the student’s permission, or under rare circumstances for continuity of care.
The State of Oregon mandates that all students must provide proof of vaccination against measles prior to starting college. Proof of immunity, or documentation of exemption per Reed College requirements, is also acceptable. The student must have had two doses of a measles vaccine, at least 28 days apart, or a positive measles titer before arriving on campus. Two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine will satisfy this requirement. Reed College also requires immunization against COVID-19. If students have not received their immunizations, a hold is placed on their registration and they are unable to register for classes or add/drop classes. Official documentation of proof of immunity to measles and COVID-19 must be uploaded to the student health portal or faxed to the HCC in order to satisfy this requirement.
All students are strongly encouraged to also have the hepatitis series of immunizations (both A and B), the meningitis series (both ACWY and B), varicella series, and the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) booster before arriving at Reed. An annual seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination is highly recommended in the fall (Oct/Nov). These vaccines and others are available at the HCC for a fee, which is covered by most insurance policies.
Student Health Insurance
All students are required to have health insurance that is equivalent to the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) provided by the college. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in the SHIP, as it is designed to cover the expenses incurred by college-age students. Referrals are often made to community providers and for diagnostics. Most providers and facilities in the area will take the SHIP, unlike plans originating from out-of-state insurance providers.
Fees and Billing
Students are not billed for office visits with health care providers and counselors at the HCC. Students are billed for point-of-care testing (such as urine or blood sugar tests), or if medication or medical supplies are dispensed. Students will also incur charges if they see a health care specialist outside of Reed, if they require diagnostic testing such as radiology, or if they have blood testing done. The HCC does not bill insurance; however, students are provided with the necessary documentation that can be forwarded to their insurance company for billing and reimbursement.
Please visit reed.edu/health_center/ for more information.
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 international friendship program, and the InterConnect 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 United States and thrive at Reed.
Please visit reed.edu/iss for more information.
Multicultural Resource Center
The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) serves to support the transition, engagement, retention, and success of historically underrepresented students through programs that seek to enhance students’ social, cultural, and navigational capital, sense of belonging, and engagement with the broader campus and Portland community. The MRC provides community support to students and multicultural student organizations and creates an environment where students from historically underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds can thrive.
Visit reed.edu/multicultural-resource-center for more information.
Office for Institutional Diversity
The Office for Institutional Diversity serves as a catalyst for transformative change, cocreating a campus environment where all individuals are valued, respected, and empowered.
In our pursuit of this mission, we commit to:
- Promoting Equity: We strive for a higher education landscape that is equitable, ensuring that every student, faculty, and staff member has equal access to opportunities, resources, and support. We address systemic barriers in efforts to address and eliminate disparities.
- Embracing Diversity: We celebrate the rich tapestry of backgrounds, cultures, identities, and perspectives that make up our campus community. We recognize that diversity fuels innovation, critical thinking, and creativity. By fostering an inclusive environment, we encourage collaboration, empathy, and mutual respect among all members of our community.
- Cultivating Inclusion: We are dedicated to creating a culture of belonging where every individual is welcomed, heard, and valued. We promote inclusive practices, policies, and programs that ensure that diverse voices are heard. We prioritize dialogue, collaboration, and the creation of spaces where all individuals can thrive.
- Advancing Anti-racism: We are committed to dismantling systemic racism and creating an anti-racist higher education system. We recognize the need for ongoing education, self-reflection, and action to challenge and change discriminatory structures and practices. We actively work to create an environment that rejects all forms of racism and fosters an atmosphere of equity, justice, and accountability.
- Empowering Transformation: We provide training, resources, and support to empower individuals and institutions to actively engage in diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism initiatives. Through collaborative partnerships, research, and innovative practices, we inspire for lasting change at both the individual and systemic levels.
In collaboration and partnership with others, OID commits to fostering a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist environment that prepares students to thrive in a global society and create a more just and equitable world.
Visit reed.edu/institutional_diversity for more information.
Office for Student Engagement
The Office for Student Engagement (OSE) strives to provide experiences that foster students’ discovery and development, build community and connection, facilitate transition, and strengthen belonging at Reed. Programs and services include Gray Fund programming, New Student Orientation, student event support, club and organization advising, student senate and treasury support, and cocurricular and recreational activities that cultivate connection. Visit the OSE office, located in the Student Center, for more information.
Peer Mentor Program
The Multicultural Resource Center’s Peer Mentor Program is designed to support new students of diverse backgrounds in their transition to Reed by building community among historically underrepresented students and introducing those in their first year at Reed to valuable campus resources and relationships. PMP begins with a pre-Orientation experience and continues throughout a student’s first year at Reed. Each participant is matched with a current Reed student who becomes their PMP mentor for the year. Participants benefit from meaningful and supportive peer relationships, enhanced knowledge of campus resources, opportunities for involvement and leadership, a textbook scholarship to support their academic pursuits, and access to educational, cultural, and social events sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center.
Visit reed.edu/multicultural-resource-center/pmp.html for more information.
Residence Life and Food Services
The Office of Residence Life fosters a residential experience aimed at supporting students in their academic pursuits, personal growth, and participation in an interdependent community. Residence life oversees the experience of living on campus at Reed. Our 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 housing, facilitates community-focused programming, and ensures a safe and welcoming environment in the residence halls and other college housing options for students.
Reed’s residence halls are grouped into neighborhood configurations. First-year students are concentrated in first-year neighborhoods, second-year students are placed in sophomore neighborhoods, and juniors and seniors are able to select rooms in upper-division neighborhoods. The neighborhood model provides a foundation for more intentional community building and better access to resources based upon a student’s trajectory at Reed. Reed’s residence halls offer a range of options. Room types include singles, undivided doubles, divided doubles, and triples. Each building contains a kitchen and one or more common rooms. All housing on campus is gender inclusive.
Returning students select housing for the following year through room registration held in the spring. New and transfer students select their preferred housing options, which are then used to make room assignments. Reed has a two-year on-campus residency guarantee and requirement for students. The two-year period is measured by time spent at Reed (four semesters), not class credits.
To help students build communities within the halls, non-first-year students serve as house advisers. House advisers are selected and trained to help students adjust to Reed, provide information, and offer support for the students with whom they live. House advisers encourage students to participate in programs and activities and get involved in campus life. In addition to the house advisers, five full-time professional area coordinators live on campus to support the house advisers, serve as a resource for all students, and provide assistance in emergencies.
All students who live on campus, except apartment residents, utilize a board plan through Bon Appétit. Students who live in the apartments or off campus have the option of participating in the board program or purchasing Commuter Commons Cash. All those on board plans eat in the centrally located commons (dining hall).
The food service program operates on a declining balance system. Each student on board pays a fee at the beginning of the term and is credited with “commons cash” (dollars) to be spent in the dining hall. Information describing the meal plans is available at reed.edu/res_life/dining-food-services/.
Canyon Day (Spring)
A true Reed tradition, Canyon Day began in 1915. It was originated to encourage the college community to engage with the incredible resource in the midst of campus. Over time, this student-led event has evolved from recreation to restoration and continued protective maintenance. For over 100 years, community members have contributed to the ongoing care and replanting of the 28-acre forest that includes Reed Lake. Flowing out of the lake, Crystal Springs provides the cleanest water resource in the lower reach of Johnson Creek. Habitat restoration efforts have resulted in the return of ocean-going fish runs. The beauty of the canyon sustains wide interest, and the work of Canyon Day is celebrated with friends, food, music, and fun. This event is cosponsored by the Sustainability Team and the student group Greenboard.
Gray Fund Events (throughout the year)
In 1991 the late Betty Gray, a longtime friend of the college, endowed a fund with the purpose of assuring that “Reed College will have stimulating cultural, social, and recreational programs of excellent quality…that will interest students, faculty, and staff members and involve these three groups together in activities outside the classroom that complement the college’s academic program.” Events have included lectures by author Ursula Le Guin, TV personality RuPaul Charles, and actress Laverne Cox; concerts; films; and many other activities. Recreational trips have included sea kayaking, wildflower hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Social trips have included Broadway shows, museums, a gourmet cooking class, and more. The Gray Fund committee plans events throughout the year and encourages input from the community. Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in all Gray Fund activities. All events are offered to the Reed community at no cost.
New Student Orientation (August)
Reed offers new students-first-year, transfer, and special-admission students-and their families several days of orientation before classes begin in the fall. At these events, new students meet with returning students, faculty, and staff at events designed to provide an engaging and informative introduction to the college.
Orientation includes an introduction to the intellectual life at Reed through discussions about the Reed curriculum and academic advising. Other sessions are meant to help students learn about the college culture and our expectations for how they govern themselves under the Honor Principle. Students also have ample opportunities to meet fellow students and engage in a variety of social activities. Our pre-Orientation and supplemental programs allow students to meet others interested in outdoor programs, take part in the Peer Mentor Program, or participate in international student orientation. A detailed description of the orientation program is available online at reed.edu/new-students.
Paideia is a Greek word that means, roughly translated, “education.” Taking place during the period before the beginning of the spring semester, Paideia is a time to enjoy being at Reed without academic expectations or pressure. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Reed offer informal, noncredit courses and lectures on a wide variety of topics.
Reed Arts Week (November)
Reed Arts Week (RAW) is a celebration of the arts at Reed, including music, dance, theatre, films, creative writing, and the visual arts. In addition to student installations and performances, major artists join in the campus celebration by providing various forms of installations, performing original works, and participating in master class work with members of the Reed community. RAW is organized entirely by Reed student artistic directors, who are supported by the Cooley Gallery.
Renn Fayre (May)
Originally, Renaissance Fayre was a one-day event during the spring semester that turned Reed into the Age of the Renaissance as authentically as possible. Over the years, Renn Fayre has evolved into a campus-wide end-of-the-year festival. On the last day of classes, seniors march from the steps of the library to celebrate turning in their theses and to be congratulated by faculty, staff, and students. This thesis parade kicks off a weekend-long celebration with music, food and drink, sports, games, and events.