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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are ready and available health services at all times. Public safety does a great job of ensuring students are protected on campus, and around the Morningside area. There are escort services for students who need to travel late-night, and emergency calling systems are always running.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: This is a very important matter and I am amazed how just a few people know about it

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There's been a few robberies while I've been living on campus. In all honesty, I'm not really aware of what's going on around campus in regards to sexual assault. Generally, I feel safe walking to and from my classes and I have no problem going for a bite to eat at all hours of the night.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The security is much better than a lot of colleges, but they need to tighten it up a bit more. Generally, I feel safe, but have more officers stationed throughout and around campus would be beneficial, given that robberies are common in the surrounding areas off-campus. This is NYC after all.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sometimes the Public Safety officials can have unpalatable personalities but overall I feel extremely safe and secure with them around.

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Despite being located in New York City and being neighbors with Harlem, Columbia is a very safe place. Students generally feel safe walking through campus or the surrounding neighborhood of Morningside Heights at night. This is due in part to the visible presence of both the NYPD and Columbia Public Safety on and around campus. Additionally, Columbia offers escort and transportation options for those who don't feel safe walking home from wherever they may find themselves at night. However, most students realize that the key to avoiding crime in New York is common sense. Students know to avoid public parks and other places which may not be very safe, and trust their instincts about a situation in order to keep themselves safe.

The high standards set by Columbia's Public Safety are not met by Health Services. While the health center generally gets the job done, the frustrating and confusing hours and scheduling system make going to the doctor a very complex experience. Luckily, for emergency situations, Columbia offers CAVA, a student-run volunteer ambulance fleet whose main task is generally taking overly intoxicated students to nearby St. Luke's Hospital. St. Luke's is also a good option for students who have an urgent medical situation during hours in which Columbia Health Services is not open.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 87
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 6
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
535 W. 116th St.
99 or (212) 854-5555
www.columbia.edu/cu/publicsafety
Safety Services
  • 24-hour emergency telephones
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Controlled dormitory access (key, security card)
  • Emergency notification text message system
  • Go Ask Alice!
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Lighted pathways/sidewalks
  • Lost and found
  • Shuttle service
Health Center
Medical Services
John Jay Hall, third and fourth floors
(212) 854-7426
health.columbia.edu
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol and drug awareness
  • Alice! Health Promotion
  • Contraception
  • Counseling services
  • Dental care options
  • Disability services
  • Exercise program: CU Move
  • HIV testing and treatment
  • Immunizations
  • Nutrition services
  • Prescriptions
  • Primary care medical services
  • Psychiatric care
  • Rape crisis/anti-violence support center
  • Safer sex awareness
  • Sexual health
  • Sexual violence
  • STI testing
  • Stressbusters
  • Travel medicine
  • Workshops, groups, and trainings
Day Care Services?
No
Did You Know?
  • Columbia has a Safe Haven program where students feeling threatened can take refuge in more than 30 local businesses until the NYPD or Public Safety is called. Look for the Safe Haven sticker in the window, or check www.columbia.edu/cu/publicsafety for a complete list of participants.
  • Columbia has a world-famous health website called Go Ask Alice! (www.goaskalice.columbia.edu) where thousands of questions written by real people are answered by Columbia's health experts.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 66 responses

  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 10% None
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 6% Drugs
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 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 42 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 64 responses

  • 27% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 66% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 2% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 80 responses

  • 54% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 38% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 8% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.

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