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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Everyone worries about Chicago and safety, but for the most part it's very safe. The campus is located right downtown, so there are the usual bums all over the city, and the occasional mugging, but nothing serious. The campus does send out security alert emails, which are very helpful.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Columbia made sure everyone knew they were safe.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is security in every building when you walk inside the door. The school also sends out emails warning the students if an incident did take place so that everyone is aware and can take safety precautions. Everything is usually pretty safe.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt like I was in danger while walking around the city. Females might feel more vulnerable though.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Could be a bit better with doing more to protect the student body and overall check on the activity of guests and such.

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Of all the areas in Chicago, the South Loop is by far one of the safest areas. Columbia increases the natural safety of the area by adding 24-hour campus security to our campus, and has security guards stationed at every building. If there is a crime committed on campus, every student is alerted (with respect to the victim) via e-mail so they can avoid the area or know the details of what happened.

As with every area in Chicago, safety is also up to the individual. There are places common sense will tell you not to go to at odd hours of the night. The CTA is located right on campus at the Harrison stop and the Roosevelt stop. Both of these stops are well-lit and completely safe throughout the day. At night, there is more of a risk, so most students shouldn't be travelling alone by train at night. Be smart, and you'll be just fine.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 34
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Office of Campus Safety and Security
916-1000 S. Wabash, fifth floor
(312) 369-1111 (emergency); (312) 369-3220 (non-emergency)
www.colum.edu/Administrative_offices/security
Safety Services
  • 24-hour campus security
  • Campus safety hotline
  • Campus safety office
  • Campus security at every building
  • Key-card access in every dormitory
Health Center
Health Center
731 S. Plymouth Court
(312) 369-6830
www.colum.edu/students/Health/Health_Center.php
Monday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Advice and referral for treatment of STDs
  • Health counseling
  • Identification and referral for treatment of emotional problems
  • Minor strains and sprains not requiring X-rays
  • Professional staff
Day Care Services?
No

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 130 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% None
  • 6% Gang violence
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Lack of safety escort services
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Excessive drinking
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 72 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 130 responses

  • 17% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 49% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 4% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 13% Not very visible.
  • 17% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 149 responses

  • 19% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 49% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 30% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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