Leadership Statements on Sexual Battery

University President Donna E. Shalala and Director of Athletics Blake James respond to allegations.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 08, 2014) —
Statement from Donna E. Shalala, University of Miami President

“The safety and welfare of our students is fundamental to our mission as a university. We have zero tolerance for sexual assault and gender-based violence.

There is no confusion about our responsibility as a university: We will fully and compassionately support the victim of sexual assault. I have spoken to her myself and reassured her of our full support.

We have suspended the men involved, and they have been barred from campus.

Our athletic director has taken firm action ending their involvement in the football program.

We have notified the individuals involved that the university is beginning an investigation immediately, which we expect to conclude quickly and fairly.

We will also continue to cooperate with the police in their ongoing criminal investigation.”


Statement from Blake James, University of Miami Director of Athletics

“Earlier today, I permanently dismissed Jawand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team. The University has also suspended the students from school and barred them from all campus facilities while the University conducts an internal investigation and continues to cooperate with local law enforcement.

Any allegation of a sexual assault is extremely serious, and the University will not tolerate conduct that threatens the sanctity and safety of our students and our campus. We hold all of our students – especially student athletes – to the highest standards of moral conduct.

The University is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment for all.”


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