About Public Safety
- Emergency Number: 212-854-6666
- Non-Emergency Number: 212-854-3362
The Barnard College Public Safety Department is located just opposite the Main Gate at 117th Street and Broadway, in Barnard Hall, Room 104. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. The Department provides assistance with access control across campus, physical security, first aid response, documenting criminal behavior and assisting with reporting to law enforcement, compliance with the Clery Act, reporting and assistance with lost or found items, as well as maintaining fire & life safety compliance and emergency management responsibilities for the College.
The Department includes Supervisory staff, Public Safety Officers (guards), Dispatchers, and Access Attendants. Public Safety Officers are College employees who are unarmed and do not have law enforcement status. They are, however, CPR/AED trained for first response and trained as NYS Security Guards, attending to physical safety and to maintain order on campus grounds. Dispatchers manage the emergency and non-emergency calls to Public Safety. Access Attendants are positioned 24 hours a day in the lobby of each Barnard owned residential building, as well as serving in the lobby of the Milstein Center.
Please note that all persons seeking access to the campus between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. must present valid Barnard College/Columbia University IDs. Refer to our After-Hours Campus Access Policy for more information.
Public Safety Officers assigned to various areas on campus regularly patrol both academic and residential buildings. Members of the community are encouraged to approach guards with questions or reports about crimes or emergencies.
The College also has yellow emergency call boxes throughout the campus, which are to be used only for emergency communication with Barnard Public Safety. When a call box is activated, a Public Safety Officer will be sent as swiftly as possible to that location. Some areas are also equipped with alarm buttons that immediately notify Public Safety.
Barnard Public Safety works closely with Columbia University Public Safety. More information can be found at Columbia University Public Safety.
When the College is in session, entrances to residence halls are staffed 24 hours a day by Access Attendants, who monitor residents and guests. Students must present valid Barnard College/Columbia University IDs to gain entrance to residence halls. A guest must leave proper identification after receiving a resident’s permission to be admitted.
Procedures for events in public rooms in the residence halls are regularly reviewed by staff and student residence hall councils. Similarly, procedures and supervision schedules for events in the Diana Center and other nonresidential buildings are established by the Student Life office in consultation with the Public Safety Department and other relevant departments and are reviewed by the College’s Events Committee and the McIntosh Activities Council.
The Public Safety Advisory Committee, including students, faculty, and administrators, meets during the school year to discuss safety and security issues, including policies, procedures, and educational programs for crime prevention. Members of the community may make suggestions to the committee or to the Public Safety Department, and they are encouraged to do so.