Statement from SUNY Press Secretary Holly Liapis

July 12, 2018

"The verdict confirms that Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, former president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, breached the public trust. This is unacceptable of any public servant, but especially one who was trusted with leading a world-class public institution.

"Since the time these charges came to light, SUNY Poly has instituted significant protocols to reform its operations, oversight, and transparency. SUNY continues to reform its policies and procedures in order to restore the public’s trust in our world-class polytechnic institution.

"It is imperative we do not allow the actions of one person to distract from the educational mission, ground-breaking research, and academic operation of SUNY Poly or negatively impact the thousands of students, faculty, researchers, and staff the campus serves.

"We are proud of the ground-breaking work being done at SUNY Poly especially in nanotechnology and silicon integrated photonics that led to the fabrication at scale of the world’s smallest transistor. SUNY Poly will continue its mission to serve the people of the State.

"Dr. Kaloyeros was suspended without pay immediately upon arrest in September 2016. Shortly thereafter, he resigned his position as president of SUNY Poly. Following the Federal District Court’s verdict, SUNY will now seek his removal from his tenured faculty position."

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