The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating allegations of sexual violence regarding football players at the University of Tennessee. Tennessee joins Florida State and Vanderbilt among major universities at the center of government probes.
No fewer than six Tennessee players on the 2014 roster—Michael Williams, A.J. Johnson, Von Pearson, Riyahd Jones, Marlin Lane and another unnamed player—have been accused of sexual assault. Williams and Johnson were both allegedly involved in the November sexual assault of another student athlete; Williams has been indicted on charges while Johnson was named a suspect, per Anita Wadhwani of The Tennessean.
Tennessee implemented a new sexual assault policy on an interim basis last August that will be finalized in time for the fall semester. If found guilty of Title IX violations, Tennessee could risk losing some—or even all—of its federal funding, per WSMV.com.