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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Not strict, but the school is currently undergoing a lot of administrative changes and the strictness is currently increasing.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Reed is governed by the Honor Principle which is not easily defined. The basic core of the principle is to act with honor. If something seems dishonorable to you, do not do it. Although this seems very ambiguous and lax, I find it to be surprisingly wonderful and effective. Students really do strive to act with honor and uphold the Honor Principle.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: This is a big topic of debate. In the past, there have been those who misused the unusual freedoms of Reed to their own detriment.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Our CSOs (Community Safety Officers) are super cool. They are lenient to the extent that you are not destroying property, harming yourself or others, or blatantly waving a bottle in their faces. One time, a CSO told my friends (who were drinking) to get off the roof so they wouldn't fall off and hurt themselves. They complied happily. I've seen students give hugs to CSOs. Respect earns respect. I've never received an AOD (alcohol and other drugs) violation, but the first strike is just a meeting with an administrator, I think.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: A Very Autonomous Environment – The Honor Principle is the prevailing rule here at Reed; it holds that, in any given situation, a person should do whatever is most honorable. This can obviously be interpreted in many ways, and this is part of the collaborative and dynamic nature of the Honor Principle. It's part of what makes Reed such a great and unusual place. People come here because they respect the philosophy of the Honor Principle and want to live by it themselves, and be in a community in which others do as well. It's common for people who've lost things like phones, jewelry, etc., to have it returned quickly. A friend of mine lost a laptop; it was turned in to Community Safety within an hour or two. It's a pretty great system that gives each member of a community a lot of freedom, and, along with it, responsibility. I love it.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 5th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 48th
    Best Campus Police
  • 870th
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ben DuPree
Los Angeles, Calif.
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From the outset, Reed College generally appears as an amalgamation of enthusiastic comments and hushed whispers. Some acknowledge Reed as an academic haven, while others murmur under their breath about the College being a breeding ground for an overly-liberal drug culture. Although both points of view may be accurate to some degree, the mutual exclusion of one from the other creates a problem of perspective. Many incorrectly assume that institutions of higher education must either be academically rigorous and reserved or academically relaxed and centered on students' social lives. While students agree that Reed's drug scene exerts a prominent influence on the nature of Reed culture, most Reedies also believe that the culture does not completely overwhelm Reed because of the good relationship between Reed students and Reed Community Safety.

Reed Community Safety Officers come just as their name advertises; they do not dictate the campus—they serve it. The rapport between students and Community Safety allows Reedies to both experiment and feel safe. While knowing that Community Safety does not seek to send them to jail or to eat their wallets alive for making a few mistakes, Reedies feel confident about turning to CSOs when in need. Almost every Reed student respects their Community Safety Officers and loves that they make Reed a safe place to experiment.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Cheating on an exam
  • Drinking underage
  • Smoking marijuana
Visitation Policies
Overnight guests are allowed to stay for a total of 14 days during each semester.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 15 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 25% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 75% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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