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June 28, 2004 5:00 p.m.

From La Salle University President Brother Michael McGinniss

Since I became aware on Friday that members of the men’s basketball team have been accused not only of a rape last week but also of another one last spring, I have launched a full-scale internal investigation to determine the facts and to act appropriately.

On one hand, the University is working closely with the Philadelphia Police Department in their efforts to investigate the cases, including their search for evidence and our facilitating interviews with the relevant University community members.

Internally, we are conducting our own interviews to determine if and when University rules and regulations have been violated. These rules and regulations apply to student behavior as well as to employees’ reporting requirements of sexual harassment in its various forms.

That we have drawn no conclusions at this point should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with such investigations. As we know all too well, accounts of what happened in a given situation often vary greatly and are at times in stark contrast to others’ accounts. Having said that, we are committed to getting at the truth as quickly as possible.

We are asking for understanding as we work through this process. We do not want to jump to any conclusions, nor do we want to be in violation of anyone’s rights. We are trusting that the deliberateness of this effort is not misinterpreted as not being open, but rather as our desire to get it right.

While I cannot yet address the accuracy of these specific reports, I can say that the University takes very seriously any sexual misconduct by our students and any failure to report such conduct to the proper University officials. Any such behavior is appalling, and we will not tolerate it from anyone.

6/28 - Statement on Current Allegations
6/28 - Dean of Students' Letter to Students Concerning Allegations (Adobe pdf)
7/1 - Update to Dean of Students' Letter to Students Concerning Allegations (Adobe pdf)
7/12 - Update to Dean of Students' Letter to Students Concerning Allegations (Adobe pdf) 
7/24 Statement of University President on
Coaches' Resignations
7/26 Statement of Thomas Brennan on Coaching Positions
Sexual Misconduct Prevention Brochure (Adobe pdf)
Sexual Misconduct:
What to do if it happens to you (Adobe pdf)
Sexual Harassment Brochure (Adobe pdf)
Policy against Sexual Harassment and
Complaint Procedure

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