Public Safety

The College of Physicians and Surgeons makes every effort to ensure the security and safety of all its members. Also, the dangers of living in New York City, and especially near the Medical Center, are greatly exaggerated. Common sense and a knowledge of how to safeguard yourself and your possessions provide a powerful defense against any existing hazards. The Columbia University Medical Center administration offers a series of informal seminars on security to help you acquire "street smarts", and both campus security and the local police precinct are eager to provide advice or real assistance. Columbia has enlarged and improved its security services, with increased outdoor and on-street guards and a roving patrol car. There is a Medical Center shuttle bus to take you to nearby housing, an escort service, and a shuttle bus to the Morningside Heights campus.

Columbia University prepares an annual security report, which is available to all current and prospective employees and students. The report includes statistics for the three previous years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Columbia University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Director of Administration and Planning, Public Safety at (212) 854-3815 or here located in the Public Safety Office's website.

The CUMC Security Task Force, which meets regularly to examine security problems and initiate solutions, includes student members.

All Columbia University buildings on the CUMC campus are under the direction of a centralized Columbia University Department of Public Safety. These CU buildings include the P&S Building, the Black Building, Georgian, Hammer Health Sciences Center (all on 168th Street) and Bard Hall, Bard-Haven Towers, 80 Haven, 106 Haven, 154 Haven, the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion, the Lasker Building, and the Irving Cancer Research Center.

All Columbia University buildings are patrolled by CU security twenty-four hours per day.

Medical Center Public Safety Office

Location: 650 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
Phone: (212) 305-8100

Morningside Heights Public Safety Office 
Location: 111 Low Library
535 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 854-2796
Emergency Number: (212) 854-5555

Other Important Numbers

  • CUMC Department of Public Safety: (212) 305-8100
  • NYPH Shuttle: (212) 305-2222
  • NY Police Department (33rd Precinct): (212) 927-3200

The area from 168th Street to 173rd Street along Fort Washington and Haven Avenues is patrolled twenty-four hours a day by CU Department of Public Safety.

Escort Service by the Columbia University Department of Public Safety is available to students within the following boundaries: West 165th to West 179th Streets, Broadway to Haven Avenues. To request a door to door escort within this area, call the Columbia Public Safety Office (212) 305-8100 or 5-8100, 15 minutes before you need the service so the staff may meet you. An escort by foot patrol officer is available 24 hours a day. During evening hours, 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., a vehicle escort may be available, but cannot be guaranteed.


  • PC and laptop locks: Discounted
  • PC Phone Home: Laptop and PC recovery software available for free online through CUIT
  • Operation ID: Free property engraving (great for laptops, PDA's computers, etc. and property registered with NYPD and Columbia University Department of Public Safety)


  • Combat Auto Theft: Free
  • “The Club” and “The Cover”: Discounted


  • Kryptonite bike locks: discounted.
  • Bike registration: Free (registered with NYPD and Columbia University Department of Public Safety)

For more information call (212) 854-8513 or visit the Columbia University Department of Public Safety's website.