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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've always felt safe on Barnard's Campus, but this is New York and I often hear of crimes happening (mainly theft and street harassment) around campus. I don't feel the same level of security on Columbia's Campus or in the surrounding neighborhoods at night.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Crimes occur everywhere, but safety in NYC has gradually improved.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The close Morningside Heights neighborhood is generally safe, but you sometimes get a security alert about a gunman or theft in riverside park or north of campus, say in the 120s.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety on campus and between campuses (i.e. between Columbia and Barnard and East Campus) is great. I always feel secure and there is always safety agents out and about at all times of night. However, I don't feel too safe late at night walking alone about three blocks from campus and there has been a a few minor crimes in the surrounding area in the late night hours. Overall, I feel quite safe on campus and public safety is a phone call away to pick you up or escort you if you're in the surrounding neighborhood and feel unsafe.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've had good experiences both at Primary Care and Furman. All of the staff there really seem like they're there because they want to be helping out students, and they will readily make themselves available to you. As for campus crime, you'll get the occasional email about a robbery or shady characters spotted on campus but that's about it. We also had a bomb scare once, and the CU emergency text system sent out lockdown texts AFTER the area had already been cleared by the NYPD bomb squad, so that was a bit of a fail.


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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 17 responses

  • 28% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% None
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Walking alone
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 17 responses

  • 47% High quality, very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 29% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 6% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 16% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 84% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% 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 19 responses

  • 63% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 37% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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