The spirit of Reed emerges in classrooms, labs, residence halls, and the commons. It appears along wooded trails in the canyon and on the emerald green lawns of the upper playing fields. It’s conveyed in the clusters of students making their way to Hum 110; picking up books at the library; heading to the Great Lawn in swaths of color for prom dress rugby; and giving each other pep talks in the final days before the senior thesis is turned in.
The spirit of Reed is an unparalleled commitment to intellectual curiosity and an openhearted understanding that mutual respect and dialogue between people with different perspectives, values, and backgrounds enhances the Reed experience. This sense of collaboration that pervades the campus, shaping everything from academic discussions to community projects, deepens the conversation and makes the Reed experience more challenging and more exciting.
Reed's Honor Principle, one of the college’s oldest traditions, helps to shape our community and the corresponding capacity of each student to thrive. More than a code for regulating behavior, this shared responsibility for academic integrity and for each other is promoted through a set of interlocking institutional commitments that support honorable behavior.