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Blue Light Services

Blue Light and Emergency Phones   

There are currently over 950 Blue Light and emergency phones on the Cornell campus. For direct connection to Cornell Police, lift the receiver or press the button.

Lost? Having car problems? Want to report a suspicious incident or a medical emergency? Need any other kind of assistance or information immediately? That is what these phones are for. As soon as the connection is activated, the location of the phone is displayed on the Cornell Police switchboard. If a caller does not or cannot speak, an officer is immediately dispatched to the phone site. Note: If calling to report an emergency on a phone at the entrance to a residence hall, push the “on” button and then press 911.

Blue Light Escort and Bus Services

Cornell’s pioneering Blue Light program promotes and safeguards personal security and well-being on the Cornell campus, particularly at night. When a Blue Light Escort is requested, two members of the Cornell University Police Auxiliary accompany any member of the Cornell community or visitor to destinations on campus or near campus. If you are riding a bus, they will wait with you at the stop until the bus arrives.

Blue Light Escorts are members of the Cornell community hired and trained by Cornell Police and are certified security guards. Each escort wears a highly visible uniform and is in direct radio contact with Cornell Police. To request an escort team, call (607) 255-7373, or use one of the Blue Light phones on campus. The service operates from dusk to dawn every day during the fall and spring semesters.

Blue Light and TCAT Buses

The Blue Light buses are offered nightly on TCAT Routes 92 and 93, operating on campus from 6:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. throughout the year. Matriculated students receive unlimited rides on all TCAT buses after 6 p.m. on weekdays and any time on Saturday and Sunday when using their Cornell ID card at the fare box. Route and schedule information are at