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, inside 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 staff are not sworn law enforcement officers. Members of the department are trained in campus security (NY DCJS security guard certified), crime prevention, fire safety, basic first aid, and CPR/AED. The Department works closely with Columbia Public Safety and the New York City Police Department when appropriate and necessary. 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 at this time must present valid Barnard College/Columbia University IDs or will be referred to check in at the main Public Safety office. 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 officers with questions or reports about crimes or emergencies. The College also has Blue Light 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 Dispatcher can respond through the speaker and a Public Safety Officer will be sent as swiftly as possible to that location. Blue Light emergency call boxes for Columbia and other neighboring institutions call to the respective departments and can also be a source of emergency assistance in the Morningside Heights neighborhood. Some spaces on campus are also equipped with alarm buttons that immediately notify Public Safety.
Barnard Public Safety works closely with our colleagues at 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 access for 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. College and Residence Hall policies and code of conduct are applicable at all times.
Procedures for events in public rooms in the residence halls are held in accordance with College and Residential Life policies and practices. Similarly, procedures and supervision schedules for events in the Diana Center and other nonresidential buildings are established by the College (Events Management, Student Life and consultation with the Public Safety Department and other relevant departments).
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. Members of the Barnard Community can submit feedback to the Public Safety Department through this link: https://forms.gle/HGT3B6TpLKAzeJ8DA