Uni. Of Ottawa Suspends Men’s Hockey Team over Sexual Assault Allegations

The University of Ottawa has announced to have suspended its men’s varsity hockey program in light of recent shocking allegations which claim that multiple members of the team were involved in a sexual assault. According to the official statement issued by the University of Ottawa on Monday, the incident was reported by a third party on Feb. 24, and involved an alleged female victim who was a university student in Thunder Bay.

The school has confirmed to have reported the incident to local police on same day and promised to co-operate fully with any police investigation. Consequently, the case is being investigated by Thunder Bay police’s sexual assault unit, whereas Ottawa police claims they are aware of the incident but have not been asked to assist Thunder Bay police. Additionally, the school added that it will be conducting its own review as well, but it suspended all men’s varsity hockey play in the interim. The official statement mentioned that “the incident occurred several weeks ago. The university is deeply concerned that senior management was only informed about these allegations on February 24, and then by a third party. This will be among the matters examined in the review.”

Before the suspension, the hockey team had played two games in Thunder Bay against Lakehead University on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, winning both 4-3. The university’s statement said the alleged misconduct “is not in keeping with the values that are at the heart of athletics and student life on campus.”

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