Crime Reporting

The University Police Department is the law enforcement agency on campus and as such, University Police Officers have all police powers of arrest under the New York State Penal & Criminal Procedure Laws. The Department records and investigates all complaints of on-campus crimes against staff, students and visitors. We also have written memorandums of understanding with the New York City Police Department which deal with jurisdiction issues and areas of responsibility. Statistical information is forwarded monthly to the Division of Criminal Justice Services in Albany, New York for inclusion in the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

As part of our standard orientation process, all students and staff at all levels are advised to promptly report any crime on or off-campus to the University Police Department. Downstate Health Sciences University has detailed policies regarding reports of Domestic Crimes and Workplace Violence, and all are encouraged and assisted in reporting crimes to both the University Police Department and the New York City Police Department.

Potential criminal actions and other emergencies on campus should be reported promptly and directly by any student, faculty member or employee to the University Police/Public Safety Office by dialing campus extension 270-2626. Upon receipt of the call, personnel are dispatched immediately to the site of the complaint and, as noted above, University Police Officers have the authority to make arrests, if necessary. Members of the campus community can also report incidents to the following offices:

  • Sr. Vice President Biomedical Education & Research, and Dean, College of Medicine: 270-3776
  • Dean of Graduate Studies: 270-2740
  • Vice President Academic Affairs & Executive Dean of Allied Health and Nursing: 270-4418
  • Associate Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students: 270-2187
  • Assistant Vice President of Student Life: 270-3294
  • Director of Residential Life and Services: 270-2798
  • Vice Dean, School of Public Health: 270-3204

Please note that these offices allow victims and witnesses to report crime on a voluntary and confidential basis. Reports of this nature are filed with the University Police Department for informational purposes, but there is no formal investigation of the incident. Counselors at the Student Counseling Service who are informed by persons they are counseling of the commission of a crime may also inform that person that crimes can be reported to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students Office on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the University’s crime statistics only.

If you are the victim of an off-campus incident, we strongly urge you to call 911 first, and then to notify the University Police/Public Safety Office at 270-2626.

– "Campus Security Report," by SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University