Department of Public Safety Working to Confirm Anonymous Bias Report in Day Hall

Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) is actively working to corroborate an anonymous bias report it received this week via the Stop Bias Portal. According to the anonymous reporter, a group of male students reportedly made animal sounds and behaved in a rowdy manner in the overnight hours on the third floor of Day Hall. The anonymous reporting party described feeling targeted by the behavior. Although the report was only submitted this week, the incident is reported to have occurred on Thurs., Sept. 1.

At this time, the University has been unable to verify whether the incident occurred as no individuals have shared first-hand accounts. Still, we take all reports of bias seriously and investigate each complaint fully.

If this incident indeed occurred as described, DPS seeks to identify the individuals responsible. To date, DPS has taken the following action:

  • Reviewed (and continue to review) security camera footage in the reported area and other electronic data;
  • Continued to canvas Day Hall in hopes of connecting with any individual who may have observed the alleged conduct;
  • Notified the Syracuse Police Department;
  • Alerted and engaged the support of the New York State Police Bias Task Force.

“Despite this report being made anonymously, we are doing everything we can to determine if this happened, and if so, who is responsible,” says Craig Stone, DPS chief and associate vice president. “If we are able to verify this took place, those involved will be held responsible. We appreciate how difficult these experiences are and implore anyone with information to contact us immediately. If you, or anyone you know, witnessed this behavior, we ask that you reach out to us right away. We are committed to maintaining your anonymity.”

Anyone with information about this incident should contact DPS at 315.443.2224. Anonymous tips can be reported to DPS through the Silent Witness tool or the Orange Safe mobile app. Additionally, if you or someone you know has been affected by a bias incident, the following resources are available: