Chancellor Malatras Statement on SUNY Geneseo Action

September 1, 2020

"Today, President Battles and I spoke and agree that the overwhelming majority of the students on the Geneseo campus are complying with the safety protocols. SUNY Geneseo students should be commended for their actions to keep their campus safe. However, as we have seen in other campuses, a few students continue to blatantly ignore the rules designed to protect the safety and health of their campus community. I praise President Battles for taking the needed and swift action in suspending the nine students and the two fraternities and one sorority that violated the college's code of conduct. We must all continue to send a strong and unified message across all our campuses that this irresponsible behavior will not be tolerated."

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