Statement from Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley Regarding SUNY ESF Incident

January 20, 2022

“The racially charged act involving a SUNY ESF student is deeply disturbing and horrific. We commend President Mahoney for taking swift action to inform the campus community and holding the student accountable. I know that all of us in the SUNY community of students, faculty, and staff stand with SUNY ESF in this difficult time in sending a strong message that these disgusting displays of racism and hate will always be met with immediate response of condemnation and unity, and have no place on our campuses or anywhere in our society.”

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