Statement by SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher

August 16, 2017

"In the aftermath of the tragic events that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia just days ago and with the Fall semester quickly upon us, we want to affirm once again that The State University of New York and all of our campuses will continue to be the inclusive communities that our students, faculty, staff, neighbors, and visitors have come to expect and deserve.

"SUNY stands united against racism, violence, and intimidation. We support our underrepresented populations to the fullest extent. We do all we can to protect the free exchange of ideas and learning that are, and must always be, synonymous with university life.

"As the largest system of public higher education serving New York State, we have the capacity – and what’s more, we have a responsibility – to serve as a model community, one that ensures acceptance in all forms. Guided by our founding principles and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policy, we must continue our work to ensure these commitments are upheld and that all feel safe and welcome within SUNY, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

"SUNY’s commitment to sustaining a safe and welcoming climate for all of our constituencies has never been stronger."

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The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2018, more than 424,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2017-18 academic year. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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