Statement Responding to WFAA Story

The University of North Texas takes seriously any allegation of criminal activity or misconduct, including sexual assault. Any suggestion to the contrary is simply not supported by the facts or by precedent.

In this particular case, as soon as the university became aware of the allegations, the UNT Police Department launched an investigation with the agreement of the Denton Police Department that UNT PD would serve as the lead agency. While some aspects of the investigation remain open, all information has been turned over to the Denton County District Attorney’s office.

Any decision to move forward with charges remains solely at the discretion of the district attorney. In addition to launching a comprehensive criminal probe into the allegations, the university took several additional steps. UNT launched a Title IX investigation under the Student Code of Conduct; the university retained a leading national law firm to conduct an independent outside review of our men’s basketball program, including an examination of any potential NCAA violations, the culture and climate of the program.

Without improperly disclosing the protected details of the various investigations or violating student privacy rights, we can share that none of the individuals involved in the alleged criminal activity are currently a part of the UNT community.

As with any allegation of a sexual nature, UNT considers the wishes of the complainant as well as the safety of the university community. The university relies on cooperation of the complainant and other witnesses to fully review allegations. Anyone with information related to this case or with knowledge of additional allegations should report the information to the UNT Police Department.

We will continue to do everything we can to provide a safe environment for all members of our community.