Four unnamed players at Vanderbilt have been dismissed from the team and the Metro Nashville Police Sex Crimes Unit is investigating “a matter that was alleged to have occurred at a Vanderbilt University dormitory.”
According to The Tennessean, neither the police nor Vanderbilt is releasing the names or ages of the players alleged to have been in the incident that police started investigating on Wednesday. As The Tennessean reported, the players were originally suspended but an update from Vanderbilt this morning says the players have been dismissed for a violation of team rules. From the release:
The four students have also been placed on interim suspension from the university, effective immediately, pending further investigation and/or a hearing. They may not return to campus for any purpose without explicit permission from the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.
“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,” said Beth Fortune, Vanderbilt vice chancellor for public affairs.
Update: WKRN in Nashville adds some additional details. According to school officials, six other student athletes are under investigation at this time. The alleged victim is a student at another school.