Mission Statement

The University Police Department at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta was established primarily to maintain and preserve the peace on campus. It also serves to protect the life and property of all the individuals who utilize the college facilities including students, faculty, staff and visitors. The University Police Department recruit personnel who are able to relate to and be part of the College community

In order to do an effective job, the University Police Department also solicits the aid of all segments of the campus community to help us protect and serve all campus personnel, physical facilities and property. The University Police Department recognizes its obligation to conduct its activities and treat all persons in a lawful, fair, equitable, and evenhanded manner without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, political affiliation, or personal interest.

The University Police Department is operated as a basic crime prevention, service and enforcement unit. University Police is the only 24-hour department on campus which the campus community can depend for services at any hour of the day or night. Good service depends on immediate response to any given situation. While the college sleeps, University Police is called upon for services which cannot be given by others. The campus community deserves a law enforcement operation that can act as a protective and preventive force that can respond intelligently, swiftly and effectively to any emergency or other situation.


SUNY Oneonta is a community of over 6,000 persons working, living and studying on an attractive, historic campus in Oneonta, New York. As in virtually all communities, concern for public safety, crime prevention, and the impact of crime are often present.

The University Police Department has as its primary responsibility the safety and security of all members of the college community. This task is not one we can accomplish alone. University Police is the responsibility of everyone, not just the department that bears its name.

We hope you will find the information contained herein informative and helpful and that your stay at Oneonta will be both pleasant and safe. The information provided here will give you an idea as to the campus community. The college is not under mandated law to provide most of the information we do. However, we feel complete honesty is the best policy. We aspire to be leaders in the University Police field and are among the few that maintain such complete information. If you should have any questions or would like further information about security and safety at Oneonta, please contact us.