Safety Programs and Services

The Office of Public Safety offers safety programs and services throughout the year and/or upon request. The focus of these programs and services changes depending on the need. Currently, the following are offered:

  • Violence Against Women Act and Workplace Violence Awareness and Prevention Training. Offered by the Office of Public Safety and the Office of the President, the training session provides participants with information related to workplace violence, including risk factors, key elements, definition and types of workplace violence, and more. The Office of Safety & Security also conducts training on Active Shooter Threat Awareness/Explosive Threat Awareness.
  • Publications. Local police and NYS Police have various publications available that address problems such as date rape, alcohol abuse and theft. Listed on the Public Safety website are various links to police agencies across New York state that our locations operate within.
  • Lighting. The college locations are routinely surveyed to ensure that exterior areas are adequately illuminated at night. Trees and shrubs that impair lighting along walks are trimmed as needed.
  • Building Security. Each individual location operated by SUNY Empire State College utilizes various methods of building security. Personnel at college locations are instructed to report any suspicious situations to the police and the Office of Safety & Security immediately.
  • Collegewide Public Safety Committee. The Director of Safety & Security will chair this committee. The committee will assess, evaluate and monitor the safety and security of the SUNY Empire State College community through information gathering, policy review and proposal generation to the administration and training recommendations for college employees. The committee will be comprised of nine members of the college community and will consist of: 50 percent women, 1/3 students* and 1/3 faculty.* [Reference SUNY Policy No. 5401] The committee will convene twice per year and gather information from the Regional Safety Committee. They also will review and make recommendations concerning safety/training for the college community, meet with the president yearly, as well as submit an annual report which will be completed by the Office of Safety & Security.