Four members of the Vanderbilt University football team have been dismissed from the team for violation of team rules.
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.
Vanderbilt first reported the matter that led to the dismissals to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and is fully cooperating with the Metro Police investigation.
"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.
The university will comment further when appropriate.
It's refreshing to see a university hold athletes accountable for their law violations. Too often we've seen the win-at-all-costs schools give players a free pass when it comes to obeying the law. On the same note, it is sad to see four young men blow an opportunity for an education at a world class university.