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Punishment May Await Three WT Football Players

"They'll look over the case and decide if there were any rules violated. If there are, they'll decide the sanctions and the students will be notified," says WTAMU Police Chief Shawn Burns. "They'll look over the case and decide if there were any rules violated. If there are, they'll decide the sanctions and the students will be notified," says WTAMU Police Chief Shawn Burns.
"If someone were to come to our office with new information, we would reopen the case and look at it again and could perhaps re-present it to the grand jury," says Randall County Prosecutor Robert Love. "If someone were to come to our office with new information, we would reopen the case and look at it again and could perhaps re-present it to the grand jury," says Randall County Prosecutor Robert Love.

Three WT students are awaiting their college fate. A Randall County grand jury has decided not to indict them on criminal charges of sexual assault. But now the University has to decide if they violated the student code of conduct. NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains that process.

The police department is turning the case over to the judicial officer on campus. He will review the evidence and decide if the three football players in question need to be punished.

Three players have no choice but to wait. Whether or not they will return to the team, or even to class is still up in the air, in the hands of WT's judicial officer.

"They'll look over the case and decide if there were any rules violated. If there are, they'll decide the sanctions and the students will be notified," says WTAMU Police Chief Shawn Burns. 

The students have been suspended from the football team since August 5th when a freshman told police she was sexually assaulted at Jones hall. The criminal charges have been dropped, unless new information comes to light.

"If someone were to come to our office with new information, we would reopen the case and look at it again and could perhaps re-present it to the grand jury," says Randall County Prosecutor Robert Love. 

Police say the incident has given them a platform to educate students about safety.

"When something like this happens the ground is more fertile and they invite us in and actively listen to us when we talk about it, so it just gives us another opportunity to get in there and talk to them," says Chief Burns. 

It may be a few weeks until the school completes its judicial review.

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