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.