How to Report a Crime

Empire State College is required by statute to report criminal incidents directly associated with the college. 

Guidelines have been established to streamline the process of reporting incidents involving students, faculty and/or staff.

Incident: action or event that has, is or is going to affect someone/something; a reportable incident is a crime, emergency or situation immediately dangerous to life, health or the college as a whole

Incident report: an official Empire State College report documenting a reportable incident; a police agency report will serve as an official report under this definition.

Incident Reporting: Criminal or Violent Behavior

The campus will be a safer place if suspicious situations or persons are reported, and if victims of or witnesses to any on-campus violation of the law, such as assault, robbery, theft, overt sexual behavior, etc., do not take unnecessary risks.

If you are a victim of or witness a reportable incident, call the police at 911 as soon as possible.

Be prepared with the following information:

  • nature of the incident
  • location of the incident
  • description of the person(s) involved
  • description of the property involved

Members of the college community who witness a criminal act or notice person(s) acting suspiciously at a college location should call the Office of Safety and Security at 518-587-2100, ext. 2800. Individuals at Empire State College centers/units located on other college campuses, such as Alfred, Old Westbury, Plattsburgh and others, should notify local college law enforcement offices first. Witnesses should assist the police when they arrive by providing any additional information requested.

The college also utilizes an after-hours emergency-notification call system; individuals wishing to report emergencies to college officials may call 518-587-2100, ext. 2899.