Welcome Back from Public Safety

Reminders about new and enhanced resources available to the Columbia community during this time.

October 06, 2020

Dear Members of the Columbia Community: 

As we continue as a community to navigate through the challenges brought on by the pandemic, the Department of Public Safety’s commitment to the health and safety of the Columbia community remains as strong as ever. Whether you have returned to campus this fall or are continuing to live, learn, and work remotely, the Department of Public Safety is here to support you 24/7/365.  As we begin a fall term that is unlike any other, please take a moment to read about important Public Safety resources available to you.


Over the summer, Columbia Transportation and Public Safety partnered with Via to transition the Evening Shuttle to an on-demand, point-to-point service. The app-based rideshare system provides a new and improved safe, convenient and free transportation service for Columbia affiliates beginning at 4 p.m. during the academic year (6 p.m. start during the summer) and running until 4 a.m. Learn more. 

Other existing resources available for traveling safely around campus include the Intercampus Shuttle, the neighborhood merchants serving as Safe Havens, and Blue Light Emergency Call Boxes placed in various locations. For more information on transportation services visit the Transportation website


Safety and security information on crime prevention and training including a list of personal safety tips in various situations are provided to students, staff, and faculty through bulletins, crime alerts, and a crime prevention newsletter as well as the Public Safety Facebook page.

Crime prevention programs and trainings, including Operation IDBike Registration, and Self Defense Classes, are currently being offered by appointment only by emailing ps-crimeprevention@columbia.edu or calling 212-854-8513. 


A new Public Safety resource available beginning this semester is Lion Safe, a user-friendly app available for your iOS and Android devices that makes all of Public Safety’s services available at the tap of your finger. The app allows users to request emergency services at the touch of a button along with other useful quick links including maps, shuttle schedules, crime alerts, emergency protocols, and non-emergency numbers for each campus. It can be downloaded for free from the App Store or through Google Play by searching “Lion Safe.” Learn more

All Columbia affiliates are encouraged to register online to receive real-time notifications of emergency events on campus. Registration is simple and convenient. 

If you are ever in immediate danger on campus, please call (Morningside: 212-854-5555; Manhattanville: 212-853-3333; CUIMC: 212-305-7979). If you are off campus, please call New York City emergency services at 911. 

Please visit our website or feel free to reach out to us at publicsafety@columbia.edu if you have questions about these or other Public Safety resources. 

Wishing everyone an enjoyable, healthy and safe semester.