Statement from SUNY Trustee Lewin and Chancellor Malatras on Developments Regarding Missing SUNY Buffalo State College Student Saniyya Dennis

May 6, 2021

“Following the heartbreaking developments released today from law enforcement officials regarding missing Buffalo State College student Saniyya Dennis, our thoughts and constant prayers—as well as those across Buffalo State and our SUNY campuses impacted by her disappearance—continue to be with the Dennis family during this unimaginable, painful, and difficult time."

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