Health & Safety

Portland, OR
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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Community Safety Officers and new head of safety keep things safe.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe. Like any other college, we have the periodic emergency-flashing-blue-light-things, which seem, quite unnecessarily, to densely populate the campus. I've heard a rape happened at one point, but since then, the administration and student body alike have been cracking down on assault. Students make fun of the "consent is Reed" motto, but I've seen even the most reckless drunken freshmen ask for consent before so much as holding a girl's hand. Lock your bike. Lock your room when moving in. I lock my computer, even though it feels useless. Common sense, dudes.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I Feel Safe During the Day. Until very recently, when we had two armed robberies on campus at night, I felt very safe on campus all the time. I still feel very safe during the day, and our campus security has increased their presence at night.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Normal for the Average City of Portland's Size – For the most part, the school puts in a strong effort to make the campus a safe environment. CSO's (Community Safety Officers) are there to help students if they need it, while not breathing down the students' necks. There have been occasional armed robberies on campus, probably because the robbers know Reed is extremely affluent (about 48% of students need no financial aid). Whenever this happens, though, Community Safety is quick to send out an email notification and extra patrols, and contacts the Portland Police Department. For the most part, the Honor Principle applies and there are few thefts committed by actual Reed students; the ones that do occasionally happen seem to mostly be done by people outside the Reed community. It's not a gated community (which I wouldn't like anyway), but I have never felt unsafe at Reed.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I Feel Incredibly Safe – I have never once felt unsafe on Reed's campus. It is a small campus and Community Safety does its job very well, and Portland, OR is full of rather wonderful, interesting individuals. The crime in the neighborhood Reed's a part of is practically nonexistent, and most Reedies are very well-behaved. Despite this wonderful, secure and safe situation, this past year saw quite a bit of theft of rather valuable items, and there have been people from off-campus before who have taken items from vacant tables in the library, for example. Still, 99% of the time I feel 100% safe on this campus and in its buildings.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 440th
    Safest Campuses
  • 634th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1113rd
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ben DuPree
Los Angeles, Calif.
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Students feel very safe at Reed. Reed's Community Safety department is not a police force. Reed Community Safety Officers (CSOs) patrol Reed's grounds, enforce rules, and generally check up on the student body. Unlike many police forces on campuses across America, Reed CSOs seek to ensure the safety and well-being of Reed students before sending them off to the local authorities. The majority of Reed students agrees that, despite the occasional theft of a bike or wallet, Reed's CSOs do an outstanding job of protecting the community. Rarely do students feel in danger while on campus, and if they do, Community Safety willingly provides an escort service at any hour of the night. In addition, Community Safety is easily accessible for any student with concerns, as the head of security has open doors for most of the day and provides a confidential place to speak freely about any concerns a student may have.

On the other side of campus, the Health and Counseling Center provides nearly free medical, personal, and emotional consultation, and cheap health care for students in need. No matter the health or personal emergency, the Health and Counseling Center willingly accepts walk-ins and appointments for students with concerns. Although sometimes slow in diagnosis and only possessing a trained nurse, the Health and Counseling Center adequately provides for the Reed community. If the problem is a bit too severe for them to handle, the Eastmoreland Hospital and Clinic is less than a block from Reed, and is equipped to handle many serious medical emergencies. Although problems do arise that neither Community Safety nor the Health and Counseling Center can manage, rarely do students feel that Community Safety is unable to assist them.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 28
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
Community Safety Office
28 West
(503) 771-1112
Safety Services
  • Blue security phones
  • Escort services
  • General protection services
  • Lock-out assistance
  • Self-defense classes
Health Center
Health and Counseling Center
In the grey building on the west side of campus just north of 28 West
(503) 777-7281; (800) 607-5501 (after-hours)
Monday 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Tuesday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Confidential counseling and testing for STDs
  • Diagnosis and treatment of acute illness, injury, and chronic conditions
  • Health promotions and resources
  • Immunizations
  • Preventative counseling and education
  • Women's health care and annual exams
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The most prevalent crime on Reed's campus has been burglary. After that, only a few isolated offenses have happened, concerning mostly car theft.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 10 responses

  • 18% Drugs
  • 18% Non-students on campus
  • 18% None
  • 12% Criminal activity near campus
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 12% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Walking alone
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Excessive drinking
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 9% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 18% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 36% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 36% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 64% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 36% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 9% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 27% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 64% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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