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5 College Freshman

Administration: Community Safety Officers (CSOs) are ever-present and are the sweetest human beings on planet earth. They hand out trading cards with their pictures and interests on them!! They even have game nights!! I've never heard of a student who had a bad interaction with a CSO. They do have to report you if they catch you doing anything that violates the AOD policy, but unless you are VERY blatant with your substance use chances are you won't get caught.

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration truly cares about students and isn't just a faceless bureaucracy like at some schools.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Expects students to behave like adults.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Sometimes good, sometimes very very bad

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5 College Freshman

Administration: Say, theoretically, your friend is puking so hard that the puking scene from the Exorcist looks like casual drooling. Say, theoretically, you also happen to be inebriated, but in a functional way. Your friend definitely needs hep, but are you going to get in trouble for calling campus security to help out? Nah. Reed has a great medical amnesty policy, so you will not get in trouble for getting help for your friend. Reed has a somewhat contentious relationship with the Portland Police Department, in which the police aren't called, unless in a very serious, violent situation. In the case of a dumb, drunk college kid, the Campus Security helps out swiftly and courteously. You're not going to get in trouble for something unless you're being obnoxious, stupid, or dangerous. Don't be any of those, and you'll be fine.


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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 26 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 27 responses

  • 78% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 22% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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