An Update from President Jones
Regarding the Events of January 30, 2016
February 3, 2016

UAlbany President Robert J. Jones updates the campus community regarding the current status of the investigation into last weekend’s CDTA bus incident.

Hello Students, Faculty and Staff,

Last weekend there was a report of a violent incident on a CDTA bus on our Uptown Campus.

I know that this is a concern for all of us, and I want you to know that this has my full attention.

There’s been a lot of work done in the last few days, and I’d like to give you an update on where things stand.

I have asked our University Police Department to conduct a thorough investigation. They are doing just that.

Our police have interviewed 29 people who were witnesses or participants. And they have analyzed video and audio evidence as well. But our police still have more work to do.

We really need and want to get this right, for the students involved, for our campus and for the future of our University.

Our police are working closely with the office of the District Attorney, David Soares, and he has assured me that this case has his full attention.

We need to give them sufficient time to complete their investigation. And I am hoping that this will happen soon.

In the meantime, I ask all of us to not rush to judgment. We need to know all of the facts. We must get this right.

This is a good opportunity for all members of the University to teach each other and to learn from each other.  Let us engage even more deeply. Let us listen even more carefully. And let us see each other even more clearly.

I am encouraged by the respectful dialogues that I see taking place, and I want to encourage us to keep talking respectfully with each other – in the classroom, on the campus, and in social media.

Now is the time to recommit to our principles of inclusivity and diversity – and to stand united with each other as we hold these critical conversations.

I’d like to close with one of my favorite quotes from Dr. King. To paraphrase:

The ultimate measure of our community is not where we stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where we stand at times of challenge and controversy.

Thank you for listening today. We will continue to provide you with updates when there is new information to share.