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Safety & Preparedness

We are committed to maintaining the safety of our community and buildings. At the core of campus safety is the University's Protection and Transportation Services Department. This office has 300 uniformed officers and management personnel operating around the clock. All officers are required to receive annual training in CPR, automated external defibrillation, terrorism training, bomb threat response, and more than a dozen other specialties. Protection Services works closely with the New York Police Department and is designated to receive special emergency alerts.

Emergencies can happen anywhere at any time, and can include everything from severe weather to a fire. Keeping yourself safe and preparing yourself for an urgent situation is vital to how you handle an actual emergency. Take some time to review this material and work out scenarios of your own. Your personal safety is our top priority.

Safety Information

New York City's crime rate is at an historic low. But, that doesn't mean you should let down your guard. Whether you live in the nation's largest city, or a smaller suburb, this set of common sense safety tips will serve you well, allowing you to be an advocate for your own personal safety both here and abroad.


Most fires appear contained when they first start, but can quickly spread uncontrollably. Below are links to important fire safety information at the University. In addition, all students living in NYU residence halls receive specific evacuation instructions when they first move in. Naturally, the three most important things to keep in mind during a fire are to stay calm, activate the building's alarm, and evacuate immediately.

Severe Weather

Customarily, New York City continues to operate with few reductions in service during bad weather. When severe weather is imminent, the University continually monitors conditions to determine whether a closure is necessary. This is typically done in consultation with the New York City Mayor's Office to insure proper coordination should a closing be necessary. While several factors are taken into consideration, the primary focus is on the safety of the University community.

Disruption of Municipal Services

New York University monitors anything that may have an impact on the University conducting business, such as traffic problems, transit conditions, water and electrical service, and labor disputes. Anything that has an impact on University operations will be assessed and posted on this site, as well as the NYU hotline.

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