Reporting of assaults involving athletes The Enlightened Spartan: Reporting of assaults involving athletes

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Reporting of assaults involving athletes

State News got wind of a reported assault at Rather Hall on Sunday night that may have involved MSU football players.

The ES asks not to rush to judgment, as was the case with most of the public with respect to Glenn Winston's assault on MSU hockey player AJ Sturges and the punishment he and others received that noone knows about. While Winston's public punishment may not have fit the crime... not all the details of the punishment were ever revealed.

When it comes to athletics and student conduct, well, there is more to the story than you ever read. This is particularly because of the FERPA law, which says "schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record..."

Just to be fair and not to single out athletes: On October 18, the State News reported Takashi Higuchi, an instructor and resident in the College of Veterinary Medicine, was sent to jail and suspended with pay for 30 days after being arraigned Thursday on three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of kidnapping. And, on September 17, the State News reported a pair of assault cases on campus as the first of the fall, with the MSU police having one person in custody and searching for another.

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