Barnard Community Members,

Due to the increase in recent protest activity in our community and around New York City, we share the following precautions:

  • Remember to carry your CUIDs at all times, as both Columbia and Barnard may need to restrict access to campus without notice.  We ask for your assistance in following the requests of safety teams.
  • Always be alert to your surroundings and be aware of the people around you, especially if you are alone or it’s dark. Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible.
  • Take caution if a stranger approaches you on the street; continue walking.
  • Remain on well-traveled walkways and travel in groups if possible. If you are traveling to an area where you know there is a planned protest, travel with others.
  • Develop practices to tell a friend where you are going and always make sure your phone is fully charged before leaving for your destination.
  • Review Blue Light Emergency Call Boxes and Red Lion Safe Haven locations. Call the Office of Community Safety at 212-854-6666 or 911 if you need emergency assistance or wish to report an incident.
  • If you come across a protest you are not taking part in, find an alternate route to your destination.

Protests are not inherently dangerous, but we encourage you to stay vigilant in large groups. These additional safety tips are available for your reference.   

As we near the Thanksgiving holiday, please take care of yourself and look out for your friends and classmates. 


Sarah Gillman

Senior Vice President, Strategic Finance and Operations