Colgate University is committed to maintaining the safety and security of the campus community in a caring, respectful, and professional manner.

Our collaborative approach to emergency management brings together campus safety, fire safety, and environmental health and safety teams to ensure the campus is a safe place to live and learn.

Public Safety and Security

Our Campus Safety Department provides emergency and non-emergency response services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and work in close partnership with area law enforcement and emergency response agencies. In addition to being NYS-licensed security guards, our officers are trained and certified in numerous safety-related areas including basic first aid, emergency medical care, and crisis intervention.

Safety relies on community cooperation, and you’ll often see our safety team out and about campus providing crime prevention and fire safety education programs. We also support safety with:

  • Safety escorts
  • Colgate Guardian, a free app you can download from the Apple or Android store, and provides a direct connection to campus safety contacts, anonymous tips, and a safety walk timer
  • On-campus, non-emergency medical transports
  • Annual Security and Fire Safety report

Emergency Preparedness

Employees and local community partners of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) are available to respond to emergencies at all hours throughout the year. In the event of an emergency, the EOC will provide safety guidance and timely communications until resolved. The EOC and many other members of the campus community meet regularly to receive crisis training and plan for various emergencies.

In the event of an emergency or crisis, campus alerts and communications will be broadcast via our text alert system, campus email, the website, and social media channels.

Colgate Alerts

All members of the Colgate community are encouraged to sign up for Colgate Alerts. Once you're registered and have provided your contact information the university will be able to communicate with you via text, email and phone calls regarding any emergencies or weather-related cancellations.

Sign up for Colgate Alerts 

Guardian App

The Colgate Guardian app provides a direct connection to campus safety contacts, anonymous tips, and a safety timer to keep you safe any time of day.

Learn more and download