Mookie Wright Given Second Chance

Immediate suspension is now a suspension in abeyance after judicial affairs appeals officer review. The University of Colorado also added several sanctions that Wright must follow.

January 14, 2003

(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following information is provided with written permission by student-athlete James Wright, the subject of recent action by CU-Boulder's Office of Judicial Affairs. Due to ongoing public interest, Mr. Wright waived his rights to privacy covered by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The written waiver applies to the contents of this statement only.)

CU-BOULDER SANCTIONS STUDENT-ATHLETE IN RESIDENCE HALL CASE

The University of Colorado at Boulder announced today the decision reached in the campus appeals process for the disciplinary case involving student-athlete James Wright. In earlier action by the Office of Judicial Affairs, Wright was found to have violated a number of Student Standards of Conduct in connection with a residence hall incident last fall.

Based on a careful review of all available information, the original sanction of immediate suspension has been modified by the judicial affairs appeals officer to suspension in abeyance until June 13, 2003, with a number of additional sanctions. Under the Student Standards of Conduct, suspension in abeyance means that any violations of the student conduct code during the specified period, no matter how minor, will result in immediate suspension.

Other sanctions in Wright's case include:

1. University Probation. Wright has been placed on probation for the remainder of his time enrolled at CU-Boulder. Further violations during this period can result in suspension or expulsion.

2. Termination of Housing Agreement. Wright's housing agreement has been canceled and he must vacate his residence hall room by Jan. 17, 2003.

3. Exclusion. Wright is excluded from all residence halls, grounds and property until granted a review no earlier than Jan. 13, 2005. Violation of this exclusion could result in criminal charges, including arrest.

4. Restriction. Wright is restricted from representing CU-Boulder in intercollegiate athletics until after a review of his case no later than Feb. 28, 2003. He may continue to participate in practices and other team-related activities during the restricted period, but may not play in intercollegiate games.

5. Counseling. Wright must undergo counseling with a licensed counselor selected by the University. At least weekly, Wright must meet with the counselor who will keep the campus judicial affairs office apprised of his progress.

6. Reflection Paper. By March 31, 2003, Wright must read the book "Ethics and the College Student," and write and submit a five-page paper identifying and logically responding to the message of the book and how it pertains to his own situation.

Ron Stump, vice chancellor for student affairs, said he "fully expects that Mr. Wright will take advantage of this opportunity to demonstrate that he can be a responsible member of the university community.

"All our students are expected to conduct themselves with integrity and responsibility consistent with the university's role as an educational institution. We have the same expectation of Mr. Wright as underscored by the sanctions he now faces."

Wright said, "First, I would like to express my sincere apologies to the university and I understand that I am accountable for my actions. I also would like to thank the university for allowing me to do the most important thing in my life: get my degree."

The appeals process was initiated when Wright appealed the original sanction of suspension. As allowed under the university's student code of conduct, Wright was permitted to remain enrolled pending the outcome of the appeals process. The appeals decision was communicated by the Office of Judicial Affairs in a letter delivered to Wright on Tuesday, Jan. 14.


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