Weapons and Dangerous Materials

Firearms and weapons

The Penal Law of New York and the Rules of the Board of Trustees [Section 535.3(j)] of the Official Compilations of Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the State of New York prohibits the possession of any firearm or weapon on property controlled by the State University of New York, including SUNY Oswego, without the written authorization of the college. Weapons include, but are not limited to, any dagger, dangerous knife (other than table service utensils or pocket knife), stiletto, imitation firearm or any other dangerous or deadly instrument, including any loaded weapon from which a shot may be discharged by gunpowder, or a billy, blackjack, bludgeon, metal knuckles, rapier, cane sword, sand club, or slingshot. Firearms include, but are not limited to, a pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle, machine gun, pellet gun, air gun, spring gun, and paint ball gun. The fact that a person is in possession of a valid New York State pistol permit does not authorize that person to have a firearm on campus property without written authorization from the college.

In order to provide for the legitimate use by students of weapons for sporting purposes off college property as permitted by law, University Police have been authorized to establish a repository for the storage of these firearms in situations where students may desire to bring them to Oswego. Further, University Police may establish protocols for the use and storage of weapons in consultation with the college’s Campus Recreation program for student organization recreational purposes and related portage of weapons on campus.

Students who wish to take advantage of this service are required to immediately transport such firearms to University Police when they are brought on college property. After such firearms are withdrawn from University Police, students are required to transport them immediately to the boundaries of college property. Members of the University Police force will be available 24 hours a day to assist students in taking advantage of this service.

Weapon Storage

The weapon needs to be unloaded and in a carrying case while being transported to the University Police Department.

Fireworks, explosives, flammables and self-defense spray devices

The use of fireworks, explosives and other dangerous or flammable materials such as gasoline, kerosene, propane, chemicals etc., is prohibited on the campus except when properly supervised in connection with curricular offerings.

In accordance with New York State Penal Law, Section 265.20 (14), the college permits the possession of a single self-defense spray device, meaning a pocket-sized spray device which contains and releases a chemical or organic substance which is intended to produce temporary physical discomfort or disability through being vaporized or otherwise dispensed in the air. All such devices possessed on campus must be consistent with standards established by New York State pursuant to New York State Penal Law Section 265.20 (14) for that purpose and shall only be used for the purpose of self-defense.

Hazardous substances

Possession, distribution and/or use of hazardous substances for other than purposes sanctioned by the college are prohibited.  A hazardous substance is any physical, chemical, microbiological or radiological substance or matter which, because of its quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical or infectious characteristics, may cause or significantly contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating reversible illness, or pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health.


Members of the college community have a mutual responsibility to act in a manner which does not jeopardize the health and safety of others. Students should be aware that anyone who throws or otherwise causes to launch projectiles of any nature at other persons on campus grounds or in campus facilities may be in violation of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct and may be subject to a disciplinary hearing which may result in suspension from the college.