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UB renames Kapoor Hall following arrest

Posted at 10:35 PM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 22:35:54-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The University at Buffalo is renaming the building of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The building will no longer be known as the "John and Edith Kapoor Hall." It will now be referred to as the "Pharmacy Building."

The SUNY Board of Trustees revoked the name after UB Alumnus John Kapoor was convicted back in May of racketeering conspiracy by a federal jury. The board also revoked the honorary degree awarded to Kapoor in 2000. They say "his crimes violate the university's core principles and run counter to the ethical standards taught within UB's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences."

The building is located on UB's South Campus and was named for Kapoor in 2008. The board passed a resolution to change the name earlier this month and was approved on Thursday.

"The 'Pharmacy Building' name was recommended and approved by the university after review of long-standing university policies and practices for namings not associated with gifts. The name was selected because it best describes programmatic activities occurring within the building." - UB Board of Trustees Statement

Over the next several days, the university will begin to install new signage on the building and update university signs and websites.