Our Services

To fulfill our promise to maintain the safety and well-being of the Columbia University Community, the Department of Public Safety provides a number of services ranging from the dissemination of emergency information to campus escorts. Please see the links at left or below for a list of specific services offered.

  • The Columbia University Department of Public Safety occasionally makes Work Study positions available to current students. Students may work as Residence Hall Aides, Student Escorts, and Desk Assistants.

    If interested, please contact us at ps-studentemployment@columbia.edu.

  • Columbia University provides several shuttle bus routes between the Morningside Campus, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the Studebaker Building at the Manhattanville Campus, the Medical Center, Harlem Hospital, and the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal.

  • During the school year, the Department of Public Safety at the Morningside Campus provides a Walking Safety Escort Service performed by trained Columbia University students. Two trained students, equipped with a Public Safety radio, will be sent to accompany students or staff to their door any time from 7pm to 3am, seven nights a week.

  • The Department of Public Safety maintains a Lost and Found desk at both the Morningside and Medical Center campuses.

  • If your Columbia ID is lost or stolen, please deactivate it immediately to prevent fraudulent use. In order to deactivate your card, please contact your local Public Safety Operations Center.

    • For Morningside or Manhattanville, please contact (212) 854-2797.
    • For CUMC, please contact (212) 305-8100.

    If your card is subsequently located, you will be able to reactivate it in person by visiting the Operations Center at any time. If you require a new card, please visit the Registrar's Office in Kent Hall on the Morningside Campus or the Public Safety Office at the Medical Center.

  • The Columbia University Department of Public Safety can provide the appropriate level of security coverage for university authorized/sponsored events at the request of the organizer or as dictated by the specific type of event.

  • A fingerprint is a unique biological marker that sets you apart from anyone else on the planet. That is why it is used in so many different situations for identification purposes. CU Public Safety can take your fingerprint and add it to the national database.

  • The Department of Public Safety manages the University's Emergency Notification System. E-mail alerts may be issued as necessary, although the primary emergency notification method is via text message. Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to register online to receive real-time notifications of emergency events. Registration is simple and convenient.

    Text message alerts will only be used in rare cases where ongoing events pose an immediate threat or have a significant impact. Possible scenarios include severe weather conditions, emergency campus closures, crimes in progress that may endanger the community, and major transit interruptions.

  • Columbia University EMS (CU EMS) is a student-operated volunteer ambulance corps serving Columbia University's Morningside Campus and its environs. CU EMS is dispatched by the Public Safety Department. To Request CU EMS in an emergency call 212-854-5555.

  • To submit a request to Public Safety for issues related to physical security or card reader function, please complete the online form.

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