The Sex Crimes Unit of the Metro Nashville Police Department is continuing its investigation into an alleged June 23 incident in a Vanderbilt University dorm that is believed to involve four football players, who have since been dismissed from the team.
No arrests have been made and an investigation is “expected to remain open and active into the near future,” according to a Monday afternoon statement by Metro police. The Sex Crimes Unit’s investigation began last Wednesday, June 26, after being notified by the Vanderbilt University Police Department.
Metro police say they have conducted a number of interviews and evidence has been collected for examination by police experts as well as scientists at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory.
The release stated the district attorney’s office is consulting with detectives as the investigation moves forward. Decisions in regard to charges will be made at the appropriate time as warranted by the investigation.
On Friday, Vanderbilt suspended four football players for a violation of team rules. Less than 24 hours later, just after 5 a.m. Saturday, the university said the four players had been placed on interim suspension from the university, effective immediately, pending further investigation and a possible hearing. They may not return to campus for any purpose without explicit permission from the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. Neither the university nor police have identified any of the players alleged to be involved.
“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,” Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Beth Fortune said in a statement on Saturday.
Fortune was not made available for further comment on Monday. Head football coach James Franklin did not return a message left on his phone. Athletic director David Williams declined to comment.