An undisclosed number of student-athletes from the University of Colorado’s track and field team were recently dismissed and several others have been suspended according to a statement released Thursday by Athletic Director Mike Bohn.
“I am giving public notice today that earlier this month, I approved the dismissal of a group of student-athletes from our track team, and the suspensions of several others, for conduct that is unbecoming a University of Colorado student-athlete,” Bohn said in the statement.
The statement followed two days of inquiries from Campus Press reporters.
The nature of the student-athletes conduct is yet to be publicly released by Colorado’s Athletic Department. Bohn indicated in his release that the disciplinary action was handed down from Head Coach Mark Wetmore.
“I salute these disciplinary actions by Coach Mark Wetmore. They reinforce our commitment to exemplary behavior by our student-athletes,” Bohn said.
Wetmore told The Campus Press that he had nothing further to add to the statement released by the department.
Although the Athletic Department has not confirmed the nature of the conduct, Bohn indicated that the student-athlete’s actions represented “off-the-field behavior that we
>> CU’s official statement
“I approved the dismissal of a group of student athletes from our track team, and the suspension of several others, for conduct that is unbecoming a University of Colorado student-athlete and inconsistent with the values of our department.”
– Mike Bohn
simply will not tolerate.” Sports Information Director David Plati indicated that the dismissals may have been related to student activity on the social networking website, Facebook, but did not provide further detail.
According to an e-mail from Plati, the statement released by Bohn was completed after several people involved in the incident conferred with legal counsel. Administrators are refusing further comment at the present time because of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the privacy of students’ education records.
Stay tuned to The Campus Press for more details regarding the situation as they become available.