Three Michigan State football players have been suspended indefinitely while police investigate a sexual assault allegation that was first reported in late January.
Michigan State is also launching its own Title IX investigation.
While the Title IX and police investigations take place, the unnamed players have been barred from on-campus housing.
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis issued the following statement on the matter:
“The core values of MSU Athletics are clear, consistently communicated and non-negotiable. Among them are respect for self and others, accountability for actions and choices, and integrity. Sexual assault is unacceptable, and members of MSU Athletics who fail to uphold our standards for creating a culture that is safe, supportive, and responsive to those affected by it will be held accountable. My expectation of all members of the department is full and complete cooperation with all investigations.
We have a strong athletics program at MSU, one based on values, traditions, and an understanding that as Spartans we are part of something bigger. Our promise to current and future student-athletes and to the entire Spartan community is to take the steps necessary, based on the facts determined through thorough review, to run this program according to the highest values and standards.”
The investigations will also look into the coaching staff and its compliance with university standards.