Be Prepared

Campus Safety

The safety and well-being of students, staff and faculty is a priority at Columbia. The Department of Public Safety publishes an annual report that includes crime definitions and statistics, as well as information on the University's Safe Haven program, to keep the community informed of incidents on and around campus. View the report online and visit the Public Safety website to learn about the many available services and resources to keep you and your property safe.

University Preparedness and Emergency Text Messaging Service

The University's Emergency Management Operations Team (EMOT) also publishes the Preparedness website, where you can learn more about Columbia's planning and preparation for emergency situations.

EMOT also hosts Columbia's emergency text message system; we encourage all students to enroll.

Text message notifications will be used only in rare circumstances to notify you of critical information regarding urgent situations.

The University typically conducts tests of the Text Message Notification System twice a year. Members of the community are notified of the test in advance. These tests will not require you to do anything, and will provide familiarity with the text message notification system in the event that we need to use it for urgent information.