A Syracuse University employee was arrested Thursday for carrying a loaded handgun onto SU property and leaving it behind.
60-year-old Chung Chen of Manlius was charged with criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds, a felony, and reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor.
â??A SU employee who was cleaning up after an event in Eggers Hall found a briefcase that was left behind. Upon closer inspection, the employee found that it contained a pistol. This employee immediately secured the bag and contacted the Department of Public Safety (DPS),â?? said Kevin Quinn, SU senior vice president for public affairs.
Chen is listed on SUâ??s website as a Professor of Managerial Statistics.
Chen was suspended from the University, said Quinn. It is a violation of SU policy, and a crime in New York, for anyone other than law enforcement to bring a firearm onto a college campus.
Quinn said DPS responded immediately and determined the gun was legally registered to Chen, a university employee who has a New York State sportsmanâ??s permit for it.
Chen was located on campus and questioned by DPS who determined there was not immediate threat, said Quinn. â??The employee indicated that he accidentally brought the pistol onto campus,â?? said Quinn.
Syracuse Police say Chen has a sportsman permit, which means he can legally transport his gun from a home to the shooting range. Police say the weapon was a loaded .45 caliber handgun.
Chenâ??s pistol permit was confiscated for review and possible revocation.
Melvin T. Stith, Dean of the Whitman School of Management, sent the following email to students on Friday:
"Dear Whitman Community,
"It has come to our attention that a member of our Whitman faculty, Chung Chen, professor of managerial statistics, was arrested by Syracuse Police yesterday after it was discovered that he brought a handgun legally registered to him onto campus.
"Campus safety officials have spoken with him and determined that there was no threat to campus. As the investigation continues and until this case has been resolved, Chung has been suspended from employment at the university.
"Please be assured, we take the safety and security of our university community very seriously and remain dedicated to providing such an environment to the entire campus. Please read the University's statement here.
"If anyone has any questions or concerns about this or any other matter of personal safety, now or in the future, please feel free to contact me."