Public Safety hosts a variety of events including self-defense classes, free electronics registration, prescription drug take-back days, soon-to-be scheduled situational awareness seminars, and more. Click the button below to see a list of upcoming events. 


Stay Safe on Public Transportation

Public Safety wants you to feel safe, confident and remain alert when riding the New York City subways and buses. Follow the tips in this video presentation to remain alert and aware of your surroundings when riding.

Download the Lion Safe App

Lion Safe allows easy access to all Public Safety resources at the touch of a button including emergency services, maps, shuttle schedules, crime alerts, emergency protocols, campus safety notifications, and non-emergency numbers for each campus. Learn more about the app and click the appropriate button below from your mobile device to download.

Award-Winning Services

Columbia has been recognized as one of the safest colleges in America, ranked one of the safest campuses in New York State, earned praise for providing a safe environment for students and rated highest in satisfaction in a student life survey. Learn more.

News and Announcements

September 28, 2023

Morningside Park incidents

A message related to recent incidents in Morningside Park and a reminder about safety resources available for the Columbia community.

September 20, 2023

Public Safety Newsletter: September 2023

The Public Safety monthly e-newsletter offers the Columbia community valuable safety, security, and crime prevention information along with information about our comprehensive training programs and more.

Our People

Public Safety's diverse team is dedicated to serving our University community. To learn about open positions available, view the Columbia Public Safety career page.

Emergency Contact Numbers

The following numbers can be used to reach Public Safety in case of an emergency. Remember, in an emergency, you can also contact New York City's emergency response system by dialing 911. Learn more about how to contact us and our team.