Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Expulsion proposed for Minnesota center Reggie Lynch after sexual misconduct incidents

Expulsion proposed for Minnesota center Reggie Lynch after sexual misconduct incidents

Senior Reggie Lynch was accused of sexual assault for the second time late last week. On Jan. 4, the EOAA notified both accusers that Lynch had been found responsible of sexual misconduct in both instances and recommended he be suspended from the university and banned from campus until August 1, 2020.

"Effective immediately, your University of Minnesota studentship will be ended with resultant loss of all student rights and privileges", read the letter regarding Lynch's status, according to ESPN. "The hold will prevent you from registering at the University and from obtaining your records through routine channels".

According to the Student Conduct Code, Lynch has several grounds on which to fight the EOAA's suspension: significant procedural error; misapplication or misinterpretation of the rules he was found to have broken; the appearance of new evidence that might change the findings; and that the sanction was "grossly disproportionate" to the offense. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action found him "responsible" after the investigation, and recommended Lynch face a career-ending suspension and a "complete ban" from campus until 2020. The EOAA's finding against Lynch was issued the same day as a separate recommendation that he be suspended for sexual misconduct in an unrelated incident that occurred three weeks later.

Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle confirmed Friday that Lynch is still with the team but will be suspended for the Golden Gophers' game Saturday with the Indiana Hoosiers.

Lynch, the 2017 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, sat out Saturday's 75-71 loss to IN at Williams Arena.

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Lynch's attorney, Ryan Pacyga, announced on Twitter he would host a press conference to address concerns on Wednesday at 1 p.m. "Please give him & his family privacy & I'll provide info tomorrow".

The appeals process includes a hearing in front of a disciplinary panel, in this case likely a three-member panel of the Student Sexual Misconduct Subcommittee composed of faculty, students and local professionals.

"We do a lot of background and we never saw any red flags leading up to this, certainly", head coach Richard Pitino said Friday, when asked about recruiting Lynch.

Pitino said that Lynch will continue to practice with the team. "So we thought it was important to go that direction".

Asked if the school's policies, which allowed Lynch to play during the investigations and now practice during his appeal, need to change, Pitino shrugged.

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