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Health & Safety: Security is everywhere on Barnard/Columbia's campus. Signing visitors in to dorms can be a major hassle because dorm security is very strict in New York. Morningside Heights is generally a very safe neighborhood, but don't be surprised when you get a mugging alert every once and a while. Also, be careful crossing Broadway.

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Health & Safety: The school really cares about you

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Students are always informed of ways to speak up. Public safety is always right around the corner to effectively assist with any requests. The safety and respect of students is taken very seriously at Barnard.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Public safety officers are always at the gates, and we have a shuttle service to pick up students who feel uncomfortable walking back to campus alone.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have not encountered an issue with health and safety.

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Most students have never had specific dealings with the campus security, but they all know where to go should they ever need them. Barnard's security is very visible, which is probably one of the greatest reasons why there`s so little crime in the area, at least as it pertains to Barnard students on campus. There are security guards at every entrance into Barnard and at three other booths along side streets where Barnard dorms are located. There are also desk attendants in all of the dorms who must check for Barnard or Columbia IDs before they allow you to enter the building, or if you have a visitor, the desk attendant must sign them in and keep their ID until they leave. Aside from the visibility of Barnard security, they also provide an escort service that will drive students between dorms, or to different ends of campus if they ever feel unsafe walking around campus late at night. Most students haven't even used this service, but it's always comforting to know that it's there. Most people know when they come to Barnard that the campus isn't located in the best part of town, but once school starts, very few feel concerned about their safety while on campus.

The only place that security loses points is that their role on campus is not clearly defined. Many students are not sure which incidents fall under the responsibility of campus security and which are the responsibility of city police. While the security officers are able to escort suspicious people off of campus, they have no authority to detain anyone as the police can. They also aren't able to do anything legally if something is stolen. Again, Barnard security is very good at creating a safe-feeling atmosphere for students to live and study in, but beyond that, they really don't do much more.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 4
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Public Safety
117th Street and Broadway, in Barnard Hall, Room 104
(212) 854-3362
Safety Services
  • Barnard escort service
  • Blue-light emergency call-boxes
  • Columbia/Barnard rape crisis/anti-violence support
  • University shuttle bus
Health Center
Health Services
Lower level Brooks Hall
(212) 854-2091
Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Abortion referrals
  • After hours care (clinician-on-call)
  • Allergy treatments
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling services
  • Emergency contraceptives
  • HPV vaccine
  • Nutrition counseling
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • Routine gynecological check-ups
  • STD and pregnancy screening
  • Travel medicine
  • Vaccinations
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The University shuttle bus is free to students who present college IDs. The bus runs between 108th and 125th streets from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily, and picks up right outside Columbia's gates.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 24 responses

  • 23% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% None
  • 12% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Drugs
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 17 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 15% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 81% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 4% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 65% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 32% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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