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UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

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Posted on November 3, 2014

UPDATE: Nov. 6, 2014

California University is actively working to identify an independent third party to lead an external review of the Cal U football program in conjunction with the University task force.

“The participation of an independent third party is not meant as a reflection on any Cal U employee,” interim University President Geraldine M. Jones said today. “Instead, it is designed to protect the integrity of the review process and enhance the credibility of its findings as we examine every aspect of the football program.”


ORIGINAL STORY: Nov. 3, 2014

Interim University President Geraldine M. Jones met today with Cal U’s head football coach, as well as the Cal U football team.

At the team meeting President Jones announced that the Vulcan football season will resume this week with Saturday’s game at Mercyhurst University.

President Jones issued this statement:

“In consideration of those players, band members, cheerleaders and others involved with the football program who have lived up to the University's core values and expectations, Cal U’s intercollegiate football season will resume this week.

“I have told our Vulcan football players that we will strictly adhere to a zero tolerance policy. Any infraction of team conduct rules will result in immediate suspension from the team. 

“I reminded the team that participation in intercollegiate athletics is a privilege, and every student-athlete must be an ambassador for Cal U. Students — including student-athletes — face penalties if they do not uphold University standards.”

In light of this and previous incidents, California University will conduct a thorough review of the football program to confirm that its image, recruiting and philosophy live up to the University’s standards. Athletic director Dr. Karen Hjerpe and acting provost/vice president for Academic Affairs Dr. Bruce Barnhart will lead a task force that will conduct a top-to-bottom review. They will report the group’s findings directly to President Jones.

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