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Renaming Buildings, Structures and Spaces at Stony Brook University

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Stony Brook University is committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and academic freedom, and providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for our campus community ― students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners. This commitment is integral to Stony Brook’s mission.

Naming a campus space for an individual or an organization is an important decision because this honor signifies a connection between the namesake and Stony Brook University.

Stony Brook recognizes that the name of certain features of the University may be challenged as inconsistent with its mission. Under such circumstances, a review will proceed under an established process to determine whether a renaming should be recommended.

A renaming will be an exceptional event and can only occur following a thorough and transparent examination that considers many criteria and demonstrates a compelling need for the change.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives at

Our Work on Renaming

Renaming the Margaret Sanger residence hall     |    Suggest a Name   |   Message from the President (May 17, 2022)

Memo: Recommendation from Ad Hoc Committee on Renaming (June 2021)

Process and Principles for Renaming Features at Stony Brook University

View a history of  Stony Brook University buildings presented to the committee on Oct. 16, 2020

President McInnis announces creation of the committee to help develop principles that can guide our future process for renaming any building, space, or structure on our campus (July 21, 2020)   Read the message