AMHERST, Mass. -- Eight scholarship players, including one who presumably has been suspended, are in uniform today as St. Louis University warms up for a game against Massachusetts at 1 p.m.
The Billikens faced the Minutemen the day after attorney Scott Rosenblum announced that SLU had suspended three players and expelled one in the wake of the university's Title IX investigation into alleged sexual assaults.
All eight played as SLU put its troubles aside for two hours to dominate in a 66-47 win over UMass. Jordan Goodwin had 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and Hasahn French had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The three suspended players are Rosenblum's clients. He said a player who is represented by another attorney was expelled. No charges have been filed in the case.
SLU previously had three players who did not play -- they were allowed to practice -- and were not allowed in the arena during games. Those three were not aboard the team's charter, which left a couple of hours after Rosenblum's announcement.
The remaining eight scholarship players did travel. That means that one of the eight players in uniform today received a suspension and has likely entered the appeal process.
SLU released a statement Friday, noting that the players had been informed of the decision but that the Title IX "process is not complete."
"Saint Louis University has followed its Title IX process throughout this investigation," the statement said. "At this time, the Hearing Officer’s findings and decisions have been communicated individually to each of the parties. However, the Title IX process is not complete. Each of the parties has the right to appeal the decision(s) of the Hearing Officer. The University will have no additional comment at this time."
Rosenblum said Friday that three of his clients had been suspended for 18 months to 24 months, and that a player represented by another attorney had been expelled. The suspensions are not retroactive to the time of the incident.
According to SLU's student handbook, "appeals will be resolved within 10 university business days following receipt of the request for appeal."
Grounds for an appeal include a deviation from outlined procedures that could impact the outcome or the discovery of "new or relevant" information that was not available during the investigation.
Dissatisfaction with the hearing officer's decision is not considered the basis for an appeal.