Following up on a story that broke Friday evening, Vanderbilt announced Saturday that four members of its Commodore football program have been dismissed from the team.
The university also placed the four players, whose names have yet to be released, on interim suspension “effective immediately, pending further investigation and/or a hearing.” The release further added that none of the four will be permitted to return to campus without 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,” Beth Fortune, Vanderbilt vice-chancellor for public affairs, said in a statement.
The four unnamed players were initially suspended by the football program amid an investigation by the Nashville Police Department regarding alleged sex crimes. The crimes allegedly occurred in a campus dormitory, and the Vandy police department is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
Head coach James Franklin has not commented publicly on the situation.
“Because it’s an ongoing investigation, we will not be releasing names or other information about those suspended,” the school stated.