SUNY Chancellor Malatras Statement on University at Albany Action Today

August 30, 2020

"I applaud University at Albany President Rodríguez for taking immediate action by suspending the four students who blatantly ignored the safety protocols. Once again, we must send a strong message to all students that this irresponsible and reckless behavior will not be tolerated because it impacts the larger college community. We must continue to do everything we can to contain this rapidly spreading virus while praising the majority of our students who are following the rules and respecting the safety of their campus community."

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