SUNY Purchase renames Big Haus dorm name deemed offensive

School officials at SUNY Purchase changed a college dorm due to students finding the name offensive.

News 12 Staff

Jul 25, 2022, 5:25 PM

Updated 664 days ago

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School officials at SUNY Purchase changed a college dorm due to students finding the name offensive.
Students told school officials they found the name Big Haus offensive because of the negative connotation of a prison. They presented several other potential names, and Central was chosen.
SUNY's president says the building is central to the campus, but there’s a deeper meaning as well.
"It also gives meaning in terms of a location, bringing people together to be able to share ideas and to create together," says SUNY President Milagros Peña.


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