Statement On Student Athlete Sanctions
Virginia Tech
May 17, 2004

BLACKSBURG - As President Charles Steger said two months ago, we are deeply disturbed by the criminal charges against our three student-athletes. We believe that behavior above reproach should be the norm for Virginia Tech student-athletes.

I believe that the actions of these three student-athletes are inappropriate, are contrary to the values of our university and sports communities, and should warrant sanction. Although these matters are on appeal, the Athletic Department remains disturbed and disappointed over these actions. Accordingly, I will levy sanctions this coming season. I will be monitoring the appeal process, but if there is no resolution before the season begins, disciplinary measures will be enforced.

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, also known as the Buckley Amendment, student disciplinary actions are confidential and will not be disclosed. However, when the season starts, the sanctions will be readily apparent.

Regardless of the outcome of the appeal process, we hope these three individuals have learned a valuable lesson.

Jim Weaver,
Director, Athletics

Note: The athletic director will not comment further and the statement speaks for the university.