Dear Barnard Community, 

Along with the entire community, we mourn the tragic death of Columbia University graduate student Davide Giri. As we come together to support one another, I wanted to remind and update you on our safety resources.  

As you know, Barnard Community Accountability, Response, and Emergency Services (CARES) is here to support students, faculty and staff in a number of ways which span safety and transportation resources. 

Safety Contacts
Community Safety can be reached through a 24-hour emergency line: (212) 854-6666 if you are in need of immediate assistance or are in danger on campus.

Our non-emergency Response Team can be reached at (212) 854-3362. The CARES Line provides consultation and referral services from 8am until 11:30pm daily. This line is answered by Community Safety during the overnight hours.

We partner with Via to provide on-demand transportation service as an alternative to walking alone at night. Via service hours were expanded to account for the shorter days earlier this month. Service now begins at 4pm and provides corner-to-corner service until 8pm, which becomes point-to-point service within the Columbia coverage map from 8pm-3am. 

As an additional option for shuttle service from the Barnard main gate to Barnard residence halls, the Community Safety van will be staffed beginning tonight from 1am-7am to supplement the via direct service that is available for use as described above, through finals. 

Additional Safety Resources
The Columbia University Department of Public Safety has added extra safety patrols. Continuous foot patrols are operating on sections of Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, and additional vehicle patrols are dedicated to Morningside Drive and the perimeter of Morningside Park. 

We have also been in touch directly with the New York Police Department who will temporarily provide an increased police presence in the Columbia University neighborhood.

Finally, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the following resources found on the CARES website:

As Dean Grinage mentioned earlier today, we are holding listening hours from 3-5pm in the lounge of Brooks Hall. I look forward to seeing some of you there.


Amy Zavadil
Associate Vice President, 
Community Accountability, Response & Emergency Services (CARES)