Xavier expels Wells for violating code
By Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY
Xavier has made the NCAA tournament each of the last seven years.
That streak likely won’t continue. Already tasked with replacing the team’s three top scorers — Tu Holloway, Mark Lyons and Kenny Frease — the Musketeers will have to deal with Tuesday’s crushing news that Dez Wells has been expelled from the school.
Wells was expelled for “a serious violation” of the code of student conduct.
Here is the University’s statement:
“The Xavier University Conduct Board (UCB), made up of faculty, students and administrators, found Xavier sophomore and basketball player Dezmine Wells responsible for a serious violation of the Code of Student Conduct. The punishment for the violation is expulsion from the University.
“While we understand there is heightened interest in this situation because it involves a student-athlete, we must reiterate that first and foremost Xavier’s interest and responsibility to all of our students is to provide a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment.
“A serious violation of Xavier’s Code of Student Conduct will not be tolerated. All Xavier students are subject to the same protections and consequences.
“Because of Federal privacy law restrictions, no additional comments may be made in order to protect the privacy of those involved, and to honor the integrity of the UCB process.”
The expulsion was related to a sexual incident, according to a report by CBSSports.com. The site also reported that Wells was not charged with a crime in relation to the incident, but the school chose to expel him.
Wells, a 6-5 guard/forward who was one of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference’s All-Rookie Team, started 32 games as a freshman in the 2011-12 season. He finished fourth on the team in scoring (9.8 ppg.) and third in rebounding (4.9 rpg.). Wells was also suspended for four games for his role in an on-court brawl with Cincinnati during the season.
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