UAlbany completes investigation; Dwayne Killings to remain as head coach
The University at Albany announced it completed its investigation into men’s basketball coach Dwayne Killings and the program. The university released the following statement:
"The University at Albany has concluded its investigation into the men’s basketball program. The following is a brief synopsis of the resolution:
On Feb. 27, 2022, the University received a complaint against head men’s basketball coach Dwayne Killings. The University immediately began an investigation and took timely and appropriate action at each stage as new information became available, including temporarily placing Coach Killings on an alternative assignment to protect the integrity and confidentiality of the inquiry and the rights of all parties involved.
Coach Killings participated in this inquiry consistent with the rights and due process afforded him under the collective bargaining agreement between United University Professions and New York State. The investigation included interviews with all parties and all known witnesses who were willing to participate.
The University’s investigation substantiated that there was inappropriate physical contact between Coach Killings and a student-athlete during a pre-game hype circle immediately prior to a road game on November 24, 2021, and that the incident was never reported to administration. The University’s investigation further concluded that this was an isolated incident. Coach Killings has acknowledged his error, apologized, and expressed regret, and the University believes he can continue to effectively lead the UAlbany men’s basketball program.
The University and Coach Killings have agreed to a resolution, including a five-game suspension to be served during the 2022-23 basketball season, a $25,000 fine to be donated to a local not-for-profit organization selected at the sole discretion of the University, and mandatory training on University reporting policies."