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Health & Safety

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lots of security presence for a city school

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I generally feel pretty safe walking around the campus itself at any hour of the day or night. I am a little less comfortable walking down the streets outside of campus at night mostly because there is a higher percentage of strangers. While we do have a center or at least call line for sexual assault, I have yet to hear anything good about them. Many people stress the fact that the nurses on the call line are not really trained to handle sexual assault and that their hours are not very flexible.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Considering that everywhere in NYC has crime occurring, Columbia University neighborhood is relatively safe. Students can walk around even late at night within the campus gates area. Outside the gated campus, there are surveillance cameras installed near student residence halls and university police offer escorts for students at night when needed. As long as students do not walk around late at night in empty streets and parks and do not leave their belongings unattended in public spaces, they minimize the risk of being the victim of theft and rape. Theft is the most common crime in around campus area in which people steal unattended belongings or physically threaten someone to steal their money/electronics. Rape during late at night has happened sometimes.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: e have many programs in place to address not only sexual assualt but also any form of harrassment.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As a man, I feel incredibly safe walking just about anywhere on campus (and in the city). However, I don't like letting female friends walk home alone, just out of concern for safety, especially if the dorm is off-campus. Campus police are noticeably present, however, which helps.

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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 61 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 10% None
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 29 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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 59 responses

  • 32% High quality, very convenient.
  • 31% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 22% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 15% 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 59 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.
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 49% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 40% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 9% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.

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