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Vanderbilt University football players suspended in sex crimes investigation (+video)

Four Vanderbilt University football players have been dismissed from the team during an investigation of alleged sex crimes at a university dormitory. This follows other recent instances of sex crimes tied to football players.

Vanderbilt students face sex crimes investigation
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Vanderbilt University has dismissed four football players from the team and suspended them from the university as the result of a sex crimes investigation.

A statement on the school’s web site says only that the four were dismissed from the team and suspended “for violation of team rules.”

“The well-being of our students is of paramount concern to us, and we will not tolerate any actions that threaten student safety and security,” Beth Fortune, Vanderbilt vice chancellor for public affairs, said in a statement Saturday.

In its brief statement, the school noted that “Vanderbilt first reported the matter that led to the dismissals to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and is fully cooperating with the Metro Police investigation.”

“They may not return to campus for any purpose without explicit permission from the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity,” according to the statement.

The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville reported Saturday that “Metro police and Vanderbilt’s administration were keeping a tight lid on details of the incident and no arrests had been made as of Friday night.”

“I can confirm that the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit began an investigation on Wednesday in regard to a matter that was alleged to have occurred at a Vanderbilt University dormitory,” Don Aaron, spokesman for Metro police, told The Tennessean. “Our sex crimes detectives became involved as the result of a notification to us on Wednesday from Vanderbilt University police. The investigation remains very much in progress.”

Named for shipping and rail magnate "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt, the private university in Nashville has about 12,000 students.

“Under head coach James Franklin, the Commodores enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in recent history in 2012,” writes columnist Tyler Conway on the “Bleacher Report” sports web site. “In his second season, the 41-year-old Franklin led a renaissance in a program that has historically struggled. After starting the campaign off 2-4, the Commodores reeled off seven consecutive wins…. Vanderbilt defeated North Carolina State 38-24 in the Music City Bowl to cap off the late-season run, just their third bowl win in school history.”


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