Message from DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado

Dear Campus Community,

I’m writing to provide an update on the investigation of the Theta Tau fraternity and its members.

Since Wednesday my office, in conjunction with Student Affairs, investigated and filed complaints against 18 individuals, all of whom were present at the sponsored event. Our investigation is ongoing and others may be implicated in the coming days.

Out of an abundance of caution and ongoing concern for our campus community, Provost Michele Wheatly and Dean of Students Rob Hradsky notified the 18 students of their removal from academic participation, effective immediately. Alternative class and study arrangements will be made for these students as the judicial process moves forward.

We have not and will not release the videos that are a part of our investigation. It is imperative that we preserve the evidence to be used in individual conduct cases. In addition, my office will not be party to the distribution of this hateful and hurtful content.

Chief Bobby Maldonado

Message from Tony Callisto, Chief Law Enforcement Officer

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Earlier this evening, a local media outlet published a story about an incident involving a now former Syracuse University student.

Several law enforcement agencies identified that student as posing a potential threat to public safety. When the University learned about the situation, the student was already out of the country. The student never returned to Syracuse, New York and the Syracuse University community was never in danger.

As a result of the quick action and tremendous collaboration between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, the potential threat was swiftly eradicated.

Because of the nature of the case, Syracuse University honored the request of law enforcement to maintain confidentiality while the investigation was underway to prevent jeopardizing the outcome.

Per our University policy, and because this was a student conduct matter, we will not be providing further details.

Ensuring the safety and well-being of all members of our campus community is and will always be Syracuse University’s chief priority. Any behaviors that violate our community standards, values or Code of Conduct will not be tolerated and will be met with appropriate disciplinary action.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Tony Callisto
Senior Vice President and Chief Law Enforcement Officer

Four Questions About Drone Use on Campus

Syracuse University has instituted guidelines regarding the use of drones on campus. These guidelines were established to help the University community operate drones safely, responsibly, and legally. We recently turned to Michaele DeHart, director of Risk Management, for answers on some commonly asked questions. For more information about drone use on campus, visit http://riskmanagement.syr.edu/policies-and-procedures/drones/.

To see the full article, visit news.syr.edu.

Public Safety Update: Stabbing

On Sunday, March 25, 2018, at 3:21 a.m., the Department of Public Safety, along with the Syracuse Police Department, responded to a report of a stabbing incident at 710 Euclid Ave. One victim, a non-university affiliate, was injured.

There is no suspect information available at this time.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident or others, please contact the Syracuse Police Department at 315.442.5222 or the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety at 315.443.2224. If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information for DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool.

For your safety, please review these suggested safety strategies.

This public safety information is issued for your safety in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

Public Safety Notice: Stabbing

On Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at approximately 3:32 a.m., DPS received a report of a stabbing that occurred at 710 Euclid Avenue. The Syracuse Police Department and the Department of Public Safety are on the scene and investigating this incident. We ask that you stay away from the area, at this time and that you call DPS at 315.443.2224, should you have information regarding this incident. More information to follow.

Text SUSafe to 444-999 to Download Important University Contacts

The Divisions of Campus Safety and Emergency Services and Enrollment and the Student Experience are piloting a new initiative to make storing relevant campus safety information on your cell phone easier. Tomorrow, you will receive a text message to your cell phone with a link to download contact cards that contain information for the following campus resources:

  • Department of Public Safety
  • Safety Escorts
  • Syracuse University Ambulance
  • Counseling Center
  • Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team
  • Title IX Office
  • Student Assistance

Once you download the contact cards, it will automatically save information, including phone numbers, e-mail addresses, websites, and other links, for the above listed resources, to the address book in your cell phone.

If you do not want to wait for the text to be sent to your cell phone, text “SUSafe” to 444-999 to get both contact cards added to your cell phone today.

Once you send the text, follow the instructions below to download the contact cards:

  1. You will receive a text with a download link shorty after.
  2. Click the download link in your texting application. You will now be brought to a KeynectUp web page with a link to the contact card.
  3. Click “download card” or “open in contacts” on the KeynectUp web page. The contact card will now be brought to your contact book.
  4. Click “save” or “open in contacts” on the web page. That is it, you are done!

If you have any problems with downloading the card, you can reach out to KeynectUp directly via text or phone call at 603.531.3211 or by email at support@keynectup.com.

DPS Pie-in-the-Face for Charity!

As part of diversity week, the Syracuse University Student Association and the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety (DPS) have teamed up to bring you DPS Pie-in-the-Face for Charity!

For $2, you can pie a DPS officer in the face! All proceeds benefit the Dunbar Center, a community organization dedicated to fighting poverty and inequality.

Join us next Tuesday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Schine Atrium for this great event!

Important Message from DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) takes the safety and security of our campus community very seriously. As part of our continuous efforts to educate the campus community on crime prevention and emergency preparedness, we encourage you to review our ‘Run. Hide. Fight.’ video.

The ‘Run. Hide. Fight.’ model is considered a best practice in crisis response, particularly in the event of an active shooter situation. Many organizations, including Syracuse University, subscribe to this model in response to any immediate threat.

Please take take a moment to familiarize yourself with the ‘Run. Hide. Fight.’ model:

RUN
• Have an escape route and plan in mind.
• Leave your belongings behind.
• Keep your hands visible.
• Call DPS or 911 or use the LiveSafe App when you are in a safer place.

HIDE
• If you can’t escape, hide in an area out of the shooter’s view, and behind something solid if possible.
• Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors.
• Silence your cell phone and other devices.

FIGHT
• Fighting is a last resort to be used only when your life is in imminent danger.
• Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter.
• Find an object to use as a weapon, such as a fire extinguisher or chair.
• Work as a team with someone else if possible.

If you have any questions, DPS is here to assist. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or another member of the DPS team.

Sincerely,

Chief Bobby Maldonado
Department of Public Safety

2017 Annual Security Report Now Available

The 2017 version of Your Safety and Security at Syracuse University is now available on our website. This report documents the past three calendar years’ information about select campus crimes, including statistics, and detail the school’s security policies and procedures.

What is Orange Alert?

Orange Alert is Syracuse University’s crisis notification system. Watch this short video to learn more.

For more information, including frequently asked questions, visit the Orange Alert page on our website.

Traveling for Spring Break

Before you leave:

  • Check the Department of State’s travel advisories and warnings before you choose your destination.
  • Research and know the local laws.
  • Pack your health insurance card!
  • Plan to travel with friends. It’s best to travel in groups of three or more.
  • Discuss your plans and itenerary with your roommates and your family.
  • Discuss plans, itineraries and activities with your travel mates.
  • Look into the services provided by International SOS
  • Make sure you have sufficient lighting around all of your doors, especially those not visible from the street. Buy a motion-sensitive light or a timer that automatically turns on exterior lights at a predetermined time.

Tips for International Travel:

  • Keep the number for SU Public Safety 24/7 Assistance: (011-1-)315-443-2224
  • Learn the local area’s emergency response call number (e.g. 911 in the US)
  • Check your destination’s U.S. Embassy Web site for posted warnings and research your destination
  • Sign your passport and complete the emergency information page
  • Copy your passport twice using a copy machine. Stash one copy in your suitcase, and leave the other with your roommates or your family at home.
  • Research and know local laws
  • Know the general perceptions of Americans in the area
  • Research and know legitimate local transportation procedures
  • Copy traveler’s checks or pre-loaded VISA/AMX gift type cards. Avoid using ATMs.
  • Consider renting an international cellular phone instead of using your own phone. US-based “smart phones” are often hacked for bank and other personal information if lost abroad.
  • Other international travel safety contact numbers:
    • National Crime Victim Center: (011-1-) 800-FYI-CALL
    • Overseas U.S. Citizen Services: (011-1-) 888-407-4747
    • Sexual Assault Hotline: (011-1-) 800-656-HOPE
    • U.S. Victim Assistance: (011-1-) 800-TRY-NOVA

When you leave for breaks:

  • Always, always, ALWAYS lock your door. Before leaving for break, double- and triple-check your doors and windows. Place a wooden or metal bar in the track of sliding doors.
  • Don’t hide spare keys outside.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight. Don’t leave a game console or laptop lying around in full view of the windows or doors.
  • Make sure all of your windows are secure and have curtains on them.
  • If your neighbor is staying in the area while you’re away, arrange to have them watch over the house from time to time.

When you’re on vacation:

  • Never leave a friend with a stranger or group of people you don’t know.
  • Follow the local laws you brushed up on before leaving home.
  • Carry your health insurance card with you.
  • Avoid using ATM’s whenever possible
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash with you.
  • NEVER leave your valuables unattended, even at the beach. Use lockers if available!
  • Always travel in groups of three or more, and don’t let members of your group go off alone.