Four Vanderbilt football players have been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.
The university also announced early Saturday morning the four players have been placed on interim suspension from the university, effective immediately, pending further investigation and a possible hearing. They may not return to campus for any purpose without explicit permission from the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. The release did not identify the four players.
“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,” Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Beth Fortune said in a release.
The announcement comes a day after Vanderbilt announced the players had been suspended from the team for a violation of team rules. Metro Nashville Police Department spokesperson Don Aaron confirmed Friday that the
“Sex Crimes Unit began an investigation on Wednesday in regard to a matter that is alleged to have occurred at a Vanderbilt University dormitory. Our Sex Crimes detectives became involved as the result of a notification to us on Wednesday from Vanderbilt University Police. This is an open and very much active investigation.”
As of Friday night, no arrests had been made.
Vanderbilt said it is fully cooperating with the Metro police investigation and said university officials will comment further when appropriate.