SLU Launches Investigation Into Men's Ice Hockey Program

SLU Launches Investigation Into Men's Ice Hockey Program

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St. Lawrence University has launched an independent investigation into its men's ice hockey program.

The announcement was made Tuesday by SLU President William Fox.

The school hired a law firm to "review certain allegations received through email and social media relating to potential violations of NCAA rules or institutional policies in the men’s ice hockey program."

According to Fox, the college's board of trustees believes that the fairest and most effective way to address these questions is to conduct an independent investigation.

The law firm of Bond, Schoeneck and King has been charged with performing a "complete, unbiased and thorough investigation to determine whether any NCAA rules or institutional policies have been violated."

The board’s chair and its audit committee chair will receive a full report of the facts and will recommend appropriate action if needed, Fox said.

No details of the allegations were released.

A university spokesperson says men's hockey coach Mark Morris continues to lead the team and will be coaching Friday night when St. Lawrence meets rival Clarkson University.

The following is Fox's full announcement:

At my recommendation, the St. Lawrence University  Board of Trustees, in its governance role to assure compliance with all appropriate regulations, has directed the University to review certain allegations received through email and social media relating to potential violations of  NCAA rules or institutional policies in the men’s ice hockey program.   The Board believes that the fairest and most effective way to address these questions is to conduct an independent investigation.

The University has retained outside legal counsel, Bond, Schoeneck and King, PLLC, and its Collegiate Sports Practice Group to conduct this review.   Rick Evrard, a senior member of the firm, has been retained to lead the investigation.   The firm has been charged with performing a complete, unbiased and thorough investigation to determine whether any NCAA rules or institutional policies have been violated.

The University’s top priority is to protect the health and welfare of our students.  The Board’s Chair and its Audit Committee chair will receive a full report of the facts and will recommend appropriate action if needed.

During the period of this review, we will have no further comment until it is completed.

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