Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on Boycott of Israel

December 27, 2013

"As a leader in higher education, SUNY opposes academic boycotts — and we strongly oppose the boycott of Israel.

Boycotts are the antithesis of the very notion of academic freedom — where you don't erect barriers to learning, collaboration and knowledge, you break those barriers down.

At SUNY, we believe strongly in the power of collaboration, and we seek every day to open new doors of opportunity for our students, faculty, and staff to learn from and contribute to the work of their peers and colleagues around the globe. SUNY's support of their academic freedoms throughout SUNY's history has been an important factor in their widespread success, and we will continue to support their collaborations here in the U.S. and globally, without interruption.

Individuals at SUNY may embrace the boycott or attempt to find other solutions and that is their choice. We, however, fully support the Association of American Universities, a consortium of higher education institutions nationwide including the University at Buffalo and Stony Brook University, in opposition to the boycotts."

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