OU looking to enforce Shannon suspension

Oklahoma president David L. Boren with the lowdown on the status of linebacker Frank Shannon.

Oklahoma president David L. Boren ended the speculation regarding the status of linebacker Frank Shannon on Monday afternoon.

Boren said the internal Title IX investigation was completed June 18 with the final decision being to suspend Shannon for one year.

However, the university is unable to enforce the process at this time, indicating Shannon is indeed appealing the ruling most likely in a district court.

With his future still up in the air, Shannon has been practicing with the Sooners, including participating in Saturday’s scrimmage. Bob Stoops has repeatedly said he will not discuss the Shannon situation until it is resolved.

OU’s fall semester begins next week with Boren stressing time is of the essence right now.

Shannon was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault incident in the spring. Shannon was not charged with anything.

Here’s the full statement:

“The University of Oklahoma has been asked repeatedly by the media about the outcome of the internal disciplinary proceedings relating to Frank Shannon. As permitted by Federal privacy laws in matters such as these, the University is allowed to disclose its institutional processes and its final decisions. This process includes the Title IX Office inquiry, a hearing panel comprised of faculty and staff, and an appeal to the chief student affairs officer. This process was completed on June 18th. The final decision of the internal disciplinary process was suspension of the student for one year. Federal privacy law and other legal considerations prohibit me from discussing the case further.

“The University is unable to enforce its process at this time. The University has and is taking every legal step possible to move this process forward. The University is currently seeking to enforce its decision so that it may be in compliance with federal law requiring responses by institutions to such matters in a timely manner. With the fall semester beginning August 18, time is of the essence. “


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