An audit released on Monday by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office found two flagship campuses of the State University of New York failed to properly monitor or restrict access to hazardous materials like nitrate teterahydrate and arsenic oxide.

The report found the campuses, the University at Buffalo and Stony Brook, found weak or lacking controls over who has access to or can buy the hazardous materials. The materials are used in both classroom and for non-classroom purposes.

“Rules to safeguard dangerous substances were not always followed at SUNY campuses,” DiNapoli said. “Weak oversight of hazardous materials could jeopardize the health and safety of students and campus communities. SUNY needs to do a better job to ensure these items are kept under lock and key.”

At five other schools that were part of the audit, the campuses at Plattsburgh, New Paltz, Polytechnic Institute, Oneonta, and Cobleskill, no internal control weaknesses were found, but auditors did see room for improvement, such as being able to gain access to labs and prep rooms without a key or assistance from school officials.

Both Oneonta and Cobleskill had completed and updated emergency response plans.

SUNY in a response letter said it would continue to provide “guidance and support” to campuses on the risks of hazardous materails.

“As there is no higher priority than the Safety of our Campus Community, the campuses will also continue to identify and assess the risks associated with hazardous materials and waste, design effective controls to mitigate those risks, and proactively prepare for emergencies, and balance those needs with the need for appropriate documentation and controls on purchasing systems,” the SUNY letter stated.

The full audit can be found here.