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We hope everyone had a wonderful summer vacation. The Department of Public Safety will be issuing a periodic newsletter to keep the college community up to date with events provided by the department as well as crime prevention tips.  The Public Safety Department strives to maintain a safe learning environment for the college community. We believe a well-informed college community will be a safer one.

AWARENESS:  Public Safety will be hosting Crime Prevention Workshops and Operation Property ID events for the college community. These events will give you a chance to meet with Public Safety Officers and learn what services are provided by the department. 

These include: 

  • Registration and etching of electronic devices and bicycles in the event property is lost or stolen
  • All items are registered with CCNY Public Safety and the New York City Police Department
  • Domestic Violence/ and Sexual Assault prevention and awareness
  • Personal Self Defense Awareness Tips
  • Active Shooter awareness presentation and emergency preparedness

    ID Policy

    The ID policy is strongly enforced and all Students, Faculty and Staff are required to carry and provide a validated City College ID card at all times.  Guests visiting the campus to conduct official business are required to sign in with the Officer in the lobby and will only be allowed to do so with another form of identification, i.e. driver’s license or another form of photo I.D.

    Personal Safety Tips - Safeguarding Personal Property

  • Always stay alert and be aware of your surroundings
  • Do not leave personal property unattended even for a minute
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle unattended and in plain view
  • Unless absolutely necessary refrain from displaying or using electronic devices in public
  • If possible walk in groups to and from campus or even better, use the College's shuttle bus service
  • Use well populated areas and well lit streets

If you suspect you are being followed enter a safe space, i.e. occupied campus bldg or nearby Store (safe haven) and contact the Public Safety Department at (212) 650-7777 or dial 911.

If you are a victim of a crime report it immediately to The Public Safety Department.  We operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week.


The City College of New York offers a free shuttle service for all members of the College Community.   The Next Bus is a new information system provided to track and report the current locations and estimated time of arrival of the shuttle routes.  The main pick up and drop off stops are:

  1. 138 Street and Convent Avenue (in front of Marshak)
    125 Street and St. Nicholas Avenue (in front of Chucky Cheese)
    145 Street and St Nicholas Avenue (train station)
    133 Street and St Nicholas Terrace (CCNY Towers)

The shuttle routes can be viewed on a monitor inside of the Marshak lobby at 138th Street and Convent and the NAC lobby.  Using an internet browser on a mobile phone:, or on a computer:  You will also be able to create an account at for alert notifications. 

CUNY ALERT:  CUNY Alert is an emergency notification system that enables the University campuses to advise students, faculty and staff of an emergency (ex: a severe hurricane or snowstorm).  It provides timely information to protect lives and minimize campus disruption.  CUNY has worked with the State Emergency Management office to utilize the State's all hazards alert and notification system, called NY Alert, for use by the CUNY campuses. Register free at: CUNY ALERT



Assertive police strategies have cut crime dramatically in New York.You can reduce the possibility of being a victim by knowing these simple facts:

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.If you believe you are being followed or targeted chances are you may be."Stay Alert"
  • Avoid walking and texting or talking on a cell phone.
  • Use headsets; if they can't see it they can't grab it.
  • Carry your purse close to your body clap side in.
  • When in a restaurant or store, don't leave your handbag over the back of the chair or in a shopping cart unattended.
  • Carry your wallet in your breast pocket of your jacket or in your front pants pocket - NEVER in the your rear pants pocket.
  • Be wary of con artists; some divert your attention while another picks your pocket or grabs your cell phone.
  • If possible carry personal alarms you can activate to alert the public in the event that you need assistance.
  • Follow your instincts. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Hold on to your cell phone and keep it secured and out of sight when not in use.
  • Report suspicious activities to the Department of Public Safety.


Coordinate your schedule with fellow students or friends so that you walk to and from classes together.This will help reduce the risk of being targeted by a potential assailant.Use the College shuttle bus service whenever possible.


When does alcohol abuse become alcoholism?  It is not easy to pinpoint the moment when someone starts having a problem with alcohol.  Instead of clear lines, there are shades of gray between social drinking, alcohol abuse and alcoholism. 

Know your limits:  Experts define heavy drinking for men as more than two drinks per day on a regular basis.  For women, it's an average of more than one drink per day.  But it may still be hard to tell when drinking has become a problem. 

Losing control:   Alcohol abuse on a small scale can lead to full-blown alcoholism.  People who continue to abuse alcohol often find they have to drink more to get the same effect.  This warning sign of alcoholism is called tolerance.  In time you may need a drink just to feel normal.  These signs add up to dependence which is a hallmark of alcoholism.

Getting help:  The effects of alcohol can be devastating.  Family and work relationships usually suffer.  Drinking too much alcohol on even one occasion can lead to injuries or death from a car crash, drowning or other types of incidents. Your doctor is a good place to start finding the counseling or treatment you need.


OFF CAMPUS:  National Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Referral Routing Service - 1 (800) 662-HELP

ON CAMPUS ASSISTANCE: The Wellness and Counseling Center - Marshak Building Room J15 - (212) 650-8222



Nidia Polonia, Crime Prevention CCNY Public Safety Department
(212) 650-6036 - 
NAC Room 4/201

General Inquiries 24 Hours a day (212) 650-6911





CUNY Alert is an emergency notification system that enables the University to advise students, faculty and staff of an emergency situation such as school closings due to severe weather, in a timely fashion to protect lives and minimize campus disruption. Depending upon the severity of the incident, CUNY Alert messages can range from specific instructions to general warnings.  These notifications will be sent to those who have signed up via their cell phones (text or voice messages), land line telephone and/or e-mail. You choose how you wish to receive messages once you "opt" in the system.