Report: Title IX investigation finds three football players violated university policy


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Andy Chmura

A Detroit Free Press report states that a Title IX Investigation into an alleged on-campus sexual assault has determined that three unnamed Michigan State football players violated university policy, according to the alleged victim’s attorney.

Lansing attorney Karen Truszkowski confirmed that although the Title IX investigation is complete, no disciplinary action has yet been taken because the case is currently running through MSU’s student conduct system.

“They have not been expelled or dismissed from the school at this point because it has not gotten to that stage yet,” Truszkowski said to the Free Press.

MSU spokesman Jason Cody confirmed Monday night that the Title IX investigation was complete, but did not give any details regarding the report. Federal law prohibits him from releasing the outcome of the investigation. But Cody did note that if found guilty, the case would move into the student conduct system.

There is a wide range of sanctions that may be taken place against the three players. These sanctions range from a warning to expulsion. University policy states that a decision must be made within seven calendar days, although the decision can be appealed.

The Title IX investigation came from a sexual assault allegation made on Jan. 17 against three members of the MSU football team along with a staff member. It is separate from an ongoing criminal investigation by the Ingham County Prosecutor.

Since the allegations, MSU has suspended the three unnamed players indefinitely along with MSU football director of college advancement and performance Curtis Blackwell. The university has declined to comment if Blackwell’s suspension is a part of the investigation.