Personal Safety and Campus Emergencies

The college publishes the “Annual Security Report: Your Guide to Personal Safety.” The report outlines college reporting procedures, support services and prevention programs for a variety of personal safety issues. Throughout each academic year, prevention education and awareness programs are offered by the college to inform students about personal health and safety issues.

The college encourages students, faculty, staff and visitors to act responsibly and to be alert to suspicious acts or circumstances which may be harmful and/or illegal. Included in this would be any suspicious person, object or condition that gives rise to a safety concern. Students, faculty, and staff are asked to report incidents and hazards to University Police.


The college will provide timely notice to students when incidents or conditions occur that raise concern for personal safety and require students to be alert. There are three levels of urgent situations that will activate timely notice to students:

  • Timely warning: A campus-wide announcement of an incident involving the safety of a member or members of the campus community where a possible threat to the campus community remains on-going.
  • Emergency notification: For weather-related emergencies, maintenance emergencies, fire emergencies. At times, emergency warnings are issued selectively to only affected areas or populations.
  • Imminent threat warning: An immediate campus-wide announcement of a significant danger or immediate threat.

SUNY Oswego is one of many State University campuses that have adopted New York Alert, an emergency messaging service offered through the State Emergency Management Office. This system will only be used for emergency and imminent threat warnings and only SUNY Oswego University Police and Public Affairs have the ability to send emergency alerts to the campus community. At Oswego, alerts will include campus-wide cancellation of classes due to severe weather conditions. For information on how to enroll in New York Alert visit

Annual security report

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (commonly referred to as the Clery Act), an annual security report is published and includes campus crime statistics. Any member of the campus community who has a concern about the college’s compliance with provisions of the Federal Campus Security Act may address their concern to the SUNY Oswego Dean of Students, 501 Culkin Hall, 315.312.5483,, and further to the Director of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Regional Office, 75 Park Place, Room 1206, New York, NY 10007. Interested parties may access crime statistics on their website at

Notice to students, staff, and visitors to campus of procedures related to Article 129-A of New York State Education Law is made available through the “Annual Security Report: Your Guide to Personal Safety”, located at (updated and published online annually) and through presentations at each new student orientation program. Responsibility for updating related information is the Dean of Students Office, 501 Culkin Hall, 315.312.5483 (  Article 129-A also requires reporting procedures, support services, and campus information/education programs in each of the categories identified in the law: Alcohol and Other Drugs, Campus Crime, Domestic Violence, Hazing, Stalking, Sexual Assault, Felony Offenses, Bias Related Crime and Marketing of Credit Cards. Such educational programs are usually generated by Residence Life and Housing, Student Conduct, University Police, Campus Life, and the Lifestyles Center. Title IX resources can be found at

In compliance with New York State Education Law Article 129-A; Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, and Title IX.