07-26-2007, 10:15 AM #1Registered User
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PA - 3 Villanova Football Players Accused of Rape
Villanova Dismisses 3 After Alleged Rape
CBS 3) PHILADELPHIA Villanova University has revoked admission to three incoming freshman football players who are under investigation for an alleged sexual assault on campus.
University officials said the three players, who would have played for Villanova on full scholarships, were asked to leave campus on July 20 and their admission was rescinded on Wednesday.
"Our primary concern has been the welfare of our students and particularly the students who have been involved in this situation," Villanova athletic director Vince Nicastro said. "We've tried to move forward with a great deal of respect for them and we trust that everyone else will do that as well."
The three were allegedly involved in an incident inside a dorm room with a female student July 14, which was reported to Villanova's public safety department July 15.
"It was a report of forcible rape," university spokesperson Liz Kennedy Walsh said.
The university said the accused knew the alleged victim, who did not want to report the alleged incident to police. Administrators did not believe they had the right to contact authorities independently.
"Villanova's policy is not to notify without the consent of the student," said Kennedy Walsh.
07-26-2007, 01:48 PM #2
I don't know. This kind of thing bothers me. No one knows what has happened and these students are being punished without the benefit of a trial. I understand that it's the schools policy, but it still bothers me. Especially after the whole Duke fiasco.______________________________
07-26-2007, 02:05 PM #3
They violated the school's code of conduct. They aren't accusing them of a crime - just that they apparently did something that is against the university rules. Villanova has cracked down on bad behavior in the past few years in order to be a better neighbor and to have a safer campus for everyone. While Villanova has always been Catholic, it has been emphasizing its "Catholic-ness" much much more in the past 5 years. Lewd, rude or immoral behavior is not tolerated, even among the athletes. It is very different than at some other campuses, and different than it used to be at Villanova.
It is a pretty safe bet that alcohol and/or drugs were involved in this incident. Underage drinking is enough to get a student kicked out. If they admitted to that, they have violated the rules and have to go regardless of what happened with the girl.
It also isn't true that "no one knows". The press hasn't been told, which I think is entirely appropriate. The Township police are investigating and they are a very experienced force. The campus police and the local police and the DA's office (which prosecutes hundreds of sex crimes per year ) probably know a great deal. It just isn't for public consumption at this point.
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07-26-2007, 03:27 PM #5
"After they made their statements, and apparently other students had made statements as well, I was then informed about where [the investigation] was and the nature of the incident, and that it was some concern to the university," Nicastro said in Baltimore, where he was attending Colonial Athletic Association's football media day.
The players, none of whom Nicastro or Talley identified, citing privacy regulations, were told to be out of their rooms by 6 p.m. Friday. University officials decided yesterday to remove the three players from school.
"After a thorough investigation, the decision has been made to rescind their admission, which means these young men will not be a part of the Villanova community moving forward," Walsh said.
"There's a code of conduct," she said. "Believe this: Student admissions get rescinded all the time. Students' admissions can get rescinded if they have a tough academic fourth quarter. This is not an unheard-of process. It states very clearly in the application that every applicant signs that every violation of the university code of conduct can result in the [rescinding] of your admission. . . . There was certainly behavior that was in violation of it."
07-27-2007, 03:25 PM #6Registered User
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