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St. Louis University basketball players face discipline after misconduct allegations

9:56 PM, Sep 27, 2010   |    comments
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By Ann Rubin

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) -- Prosecutors said there was not enough evidence for charges. But months after allegations of sexual assault against two St. Louis University basketball players, they are facing discipline from the school.

Sources say the players have appealed their punishment and expect results as soon as this week.

The committee that handed down the decision is made up of faculty, staff and students. It is their job to uphold the school's code of conduct. The allegations of sexual assault were made by a female student last spring.

And while the Circuit Attorney's office found there was not sufficient evidence for charges, the school has a different burden of proof. In fact, the school's code of conduct expressly states that determinations shall not be subject to change if charges are dismissed, reduced or resolved.

Sources say the players are looking at a year's suspension and they wouldn't be able to live on campus upon their return. There is still some question about their future with the team.

For now, it's a waiting game. The basketball players have filed their appeal and a decision could come any day.

On campus, SLU students have been following the case.

"What type of standards of conduct did they violate that she didn't?" said law student Larissa Dee.

Student Jesse Meridian said, "They shouldn't be given any special treatment because they're athletes."

But whatever the outcome, students fear that because the players are black and the accuser is white, there may be backlash.

"I don't know that SLU is well equipped to be able to handle those questions that are going to arise, these race questions," said law student Ollie Green.

The school released the following statement: "St. Louis University takes any allegation of violations of its code of student conduct seriously and has a fair and impartial student conduct process that is modeled after the best practices of colleges and universities around the country. The student conduct process is confidential, and any comment from the University regarding student conduct issues would not come until the entire process-including appeals-is completed, and it may not be able to comment even then."

"Being a person who's had a little bit of experience with the student conduct process, I've actually found that I think it's pretty fair," said law student David Gregory.

As for the appeal, that is handled by the Vice President for Student Development.

KSDK

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