Bias Incident Reports

Hate speech and other bias-related incidents will be posted to this page within 48 hours. However, to prevent jeopardizing active investigations, there may be instances where it takes longer than 48 hours to post. In addition, the incidents posted to this webpage are from reports made directly to the Department of Public Safety. Reports made via the STOP Bias website will only be referred to the Department of Public Safety if the reporter chooses or if the nature of the incident requires DPS involvement.

This page will be your trusted source of accurate and reliable information as it relates to bias incidents.

Most Recent Bias Incident Report:

Department of Public Safety Investigating Two Off-Campus Bias Incidents

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is actively investigating two separate off-campus bias incidents reported to DPS on Sunday, May 16.

The first occurred on Saturday, May 15, at approximately 6:25 p.m., near the corner of Westcott and Hawthorn Avenue. A group of students reported a vehicle driving by with the occupants shouting language that was derogatory and offensive to the LGBTQ community.

On the same day, at approximately 9:25 p.m., another student reported as they were walking down University Avenue, towards Madison Street, a vehicle drove by that also had the occupants shouting language that was derogatory and offensive to the LGBTQ community.

In both incidents, the vehicle driving by is described as a dark colored SUV. No further information was provided about the make, model or license plate number.

“We, along with the community, are frustrated by these repeat incidents,” says Chief Bobby Maldonado. “We implore our community – if you experience a bias incident, please report it immediately as it enhances our chance of identifying those responsible.”

Since the incident was reported, the following actions have been taken:

  • DPS officers met with the impacted individual to gather as much information as possible;
  • DPS officers offered information about resources and services available to support the impacted individual;
  • Camera footage from the area is being reviewed to identify a possible vehicle involved in the incident.

“We ask that anyone with additional information about these incidents, to please come forward. Like I have shared previously, the more information that the community can share with us, the better. Even the smallest of details can help us. It could be a partial license plate number or the color of the vehicle. No detail is too small when it comes to our investigative work,” added Maldonado.

If you have information about this case or others, please call DPS at 315.443.2224. You can even anonymously report non-emergency information to DPS through the Silent Witness tool or the Rave Guardian mobile app.

The University recognizes how these incidents can affect individuals and communities. If you or someone you know has been affected by a bias incident, there are resources available to you:


Other Bias Incident Reports:

5/14/21: Department of Public Safety Investigating May 12 Bias Incident

5/2/21: Department of Public Safety Investigating May 2 Bias Incident

5/1/21: Department of Public Safety Investigating April 29 Bias Incident

3/11/21: Department of Public Safety Investigating March 10 Bias Incident

2/28/21: Department of Public Safety Investigating Feb. 27 Bias Incident

2/18/21: Information Technology Services, Department of Public Safety Investigating Feb. 17 ‘Zoombombing’ Incident

1/29/21: Department of Public Safety Investigating Jan. 27 Bias Incident

11/10/20: Department of Public Safety Investigates Bias Incident on Walnut Place

9/14/20: Department of Public Safety Investigating Sept. 4 Bias Incident

7/15/20: Department of Public Safety Investigating July 14 Bias Incident

5/1/20: Department of Public Safety Investigating Report of Bias Language on a Greek life Website

3/7/20: Department of Public Safety Investigating March 7 Bias Incident

2/24/20: Department of Public Safety Investigating Feb. 22 Bias Incident

2/21/20: Department of Public Safety Investigating Feb 20 Bias Incident

2/8/20: Department of Public Safety Investigating Feb. 8 Bias Incident

2/3/20: Department of Public Safety Investigating Feb. 2 Bias Incident

1/30/20: Department of Public Safety Investigating Jan. 30 Reported Bias Incident

1/30/20: Department of Public Safety Investigating Jan. 28 Bias Incident

1/26/20: Department of Public Safety Investigating Jan. 24 Bias Incident

1/22/20: Department of Public Safety Investigating Jan. 21 Bias Incident

12/16/19: Syracuse Police Department Currently Investigating Dec. 14 Incident

12/8/19: Department of Public Safety, Syracuse Police Department Investigate Dec. 4 Bias Incident

11/29/19: Public Informational Notice: Syracuse Police Investigation

11/21/19: Public Safety Informational Notice: Reports of New Bias Incidents & Arrest in Vandalism Investigation

11/20/19: Public Informational Notice:  Joint Task Force Investigating Anti-Semitic Email Threat

11/19/19: Public Safety Informational Notice: DPS Investigating Reports of Document Allegedly Shared Via AirDrop

11/18/19: Public Safety Informational Notice: DPS Investigating Bias Incident at Day Hall

11/16/19: Public Safety Informational Notice: Bias Incident Reported Near College Place

11/16/19: Public Safety Informational Notice: New Bias Incidents Reported

11/16/19: Public Safety Informational Notice: Bias Incident Reported in Haven Hall

11/14/19: Public Safety Informational Notice: Bias Incident Reported in Day Hall

11/14/19: Public Safety Informational Notice: Bias Incident Reported in the Physics Building

Click here to review all of the 2019 Bias Incident Reports