A Message from Public Safety/New Evening Shuttle Hours and Additional Safety Enhancements

December 17, 2019

As we continue to mourn the tragic loss of Tessa Majors, I write to share additional safety resources and enhancements available to you.

Many of you have written to Public Safety since this tragedy occurred to share your ideas and concerns.  We are reviewing all feedback to better understand your personal preferences for travel and the ways that we can enhance support.  We will be taking these suggestions into account as we consider additional safety measures.

In addition to these University measures, many elected officials have spoken about making Morningside Park and other city parks safer with additional enhancements that could include increased lighting and video cameras.  The NYPD and NYC Park Enforcement Patrol have already instituted an increased patrol presence in Morningside Park.  I personally walked the park to discuss these and other measures with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, the NYPD’s chief of patrol and assistant chief in charge of Northern Manhattan, and city parks officials.

As is always the case, if you are in immediate danger on campus, call Public Safety (Morningside: 212-854-5555; Manhattanville: 212-853-3333; CUIMC: 212-305-7979.) Off campus, call New York City emergency services at 911.

The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff remains our top priority. We join the Barnard and Columbia communities in mourning during this difficult time.

James F. McShane
Vice President
Columbia University Department of Public Safety