Important Safety Resources and Information

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Now that a new semester is underway, the Department of Public Safety wants to remind all members of our campus community about important safety services and information that can help make your semester enjoyable and safe.

Safety Strategies – While your chances of being a victim of a crime are actually very low, it is still important to be aware of certain safety strategies while at Syracuse University:

  • Always lock your windows and doors, even if you are only going to be away from your room for a short period of time or while you are sleeping at night. Criminals look for opportunities, like an open window or unlocked door.
  • Keep your stuff with you! Never leave cell phones, laptops, wallets or other valuables behind – it only takes a few seconds for someone to walk away with them!
  • Use a U-bolt locking device for your bicycle and register your bike with DPS.
  • Never walk alone. While your chances of being a victim of a crime are actually very low, most street crime incidents occur at night and usually involve students walking alone or with just one other person.

LiveSafe – Connecting with DPS is as easy as opening an app on your smartphone. With LiveSafe, you can call DPS or 911 in the event of an emergency, report tips including videos and pictures, or use the SafeWalk feature, which permits you to virtually share your location with friends as you walk to a destination. Download the app today!

Orange Alert – This is the University’s crisis notification system, designed to provide rapid notification and instruction in the event of a crisis in progress. We perform a test of this system every semester and will be scheduling one for the upcoming month. In addition, due to our expanding campus, we recently added two more sirens to our system; one on the top of the Whitman School and the other on the top of Falk College. Please log into MySlice to verify that your contact information is up to date.

Run.Hide.Fight. – While an active shooter situation is unlikely, it is important to be prepared. We have put together a video for you to understand the importance of these three words: Run.Hide.Fight.

Text SUSAFE to 444-999 – Adding important Syracuse University safety and support contact information is also quick and simple! When you text SUSAFE to 444-999 you will be sent a link to download a contact card that you can save right to the contact list on your phone.

Finally, remember that the Department of Public Safety is here for you 24/7. We can be reached anytime at 315.443.2224 or on the LiveSafe app.


Chief Bobby Maldonado