Public Safety

Mission Statement

The safety and well being of students, faculty, staff, and guests have always been of paramount importance at Barnard. Located on Morningside Heights in Manhattan, we are a community within our neighboring communities: Columbia University and New York City. Separate from them in some ways, but very much a part of them, we have many mutual interests, including that of crime prevention.

Crime Prevention Efforts

The College annually distributes, in the Barnard Student Handbook and other publications, detailed descriptions of crime prevention techniques relating to personal safety and protection of property both on- and off-campus. From time to time, the Public Safety Department and other College offices issue advisories and tips. For example, each December, a special notice goes out to all employees and students with advice on how to guard against pickpocketing and burglaries at holiday time.

The Departments of Public Safety, Residential Life, and Student Health Services conduct informational sessions, workshops, and training programs on crime prevention, sexual assault, and drug and alcohol abuse. These begin at Orientation for entering students and continue during the school term for all students. These sessions, as well as the materials distributed by the College, stress not only the role played by the College, but the fundamental responsibility of every member of the community for his or her own security and the security of others.

Students who present college I.D.'s may ride on a Columbia University evening shuttle bus that makes stops between 108th and 125th Streets. The bus runs from 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., seven days a week. Call x42796 for schedule information.

Barnard College provides motorized transportation by a uniformed Public Safety Officer between 9:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., seven days a week. The service operates between the main gate of the College and the off-campus residence halls, including Cathedral Gardens and College Residence at 110th Street. The Barnard College Shuttle Service is seen by students as an important Public Safety program. Call Public Safety at x43362 for Schedule information.

Columbia University's Walking Escort Service operates in the Columbia area from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. every night when classes are in session. Trained students respond to requests for an escort between locations in the area. Call x4-SAFE (47233).

The Facilities Department maintains the College's buildings and grounds with consideration for safety and security. Public Safety Officers, when patrolling the grounds and buildings, report potential safety and security hazards, such as broken windows and locks. The Facilities Department is located in Barnard Hall and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during weekdays may be reached by calling the Service Response Center at x48990. At night and on weekends and holidays, reports may be made to the Public Safety dispatcher at x43362 who will then contact appropriate facilities personnel.