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.