Policy, Laws and Statistics

Canisius University's Public Safety Department complies with and enforces New York State, federal and local laws.  To read more about these laws, visit the New York State Law homepage

Campus Drug and Alcohol Policy

The following are prohibited:

  • Distribution, possession or use of any illegal drug or controlled substance, or drug paraphernalia.
  • Providing alcoholic beverages to individuals under 21 years of age or possession of alcoholic beverages by individuals under 21 years of age.
  • Public intoxication, driving while intoxicated or illegal possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

Weapons Possession

The unauthorized possession, use, or sale of firearms, airguns, paintball guns, ammunition, fireworks, explosives or any lethal weapon, is strictly forbidden on campus and subject to college discipline as well as criminal charges.  Approval for possession and use of firearms is limited to specific situations such as Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) supervised activities, Canisius Public Safety Officers engaged in their official duties, and commissioned law enforcement officers engaged in their official duties.  All other possession or use must be authorized in writing by the Canisius University Director of Public Safety.

Crime Statistics

Canisius University complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and makes available information regarding campus security and personal safety. This includes information on crime prevention, public safety, law-enforcement authority, crime reporting polices, disciplinary procedures, and other important matters pertaining to security on campus. Statistics of reported crimes are made public for the three previous calendar years. These reports include crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Canisius University, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The Canisius University Advisory Committee on Campus Safety will provide upon request all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education. 

Click here to download the full report

Printed copies of the Annual Safety Report are available in Public Safety.