Message from DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Earlier today, a Syracuse University student living on South Campus was arrested for possessing firearms. While the student has the appropriate gun permits, New York State law prohibits the carrying of firearms on college campuses.

As such, and thanks to the quick response of the Department of Public Safety and the Syracuse Police Department, the individual was taken into custody and has been placed on interim suspension. At this time, and per federal privacy laws, we are unable to provide any further details on this active investigation.

The safety and well-being of our campus community and our neighbors remains our top priority. Weapons are not welcome on our campus and anyone found to be in possession will face the appropriate disciplinary action.

Today’s successful apprehension is the result of an individual’s willingness to report suspicious activity. Maintaining a safe community is on all of us. I can’t stress it enough: if you see something suspicious, don’t wait, report it immediately. You can do this by calling DPS at 315.443.2224 or you can anonymously report non-emergency information to DPS through the Silent Witness tool or the Rave Guardian mobile app. And of course, you can always call 911.


Chief Bobby Maldonado
Department of Public Safety