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Posted on October 30, 2014

UPDATE: Nov. 1, 2014

California Borough Police made an additional arrest today in connection with the Oct. 30 incident in downtown California. Interim University President Geraldine Jones issued this statement:

“While this is certainly disheartening news, it speaks to the diligence of our California Borough and California University police, who are working together to conduct a thorough investigation. Everyone involved in this incident should be held accountable for their actions. California University is committed to the safety of our campus community — our hard-working, law-abiding students, employees and community neighbors deserve nothing less.”

Original story, Oct. 30, 2014

Today, five members of the California University of Pennsylvania football team were arrested and charged in connection with a violent incident that occurred early this morning in California Borough.

All five students have been suspended from the University and from the team, effective immediately.

In light of these charges, Saturday’s home football game against Gannon University has been cancelled. The commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference has been notified that the Vulcans will forfeit the game.

Interim University President Geraldine M. Jones issued this statement:

“California University does not tolerate violent behavior, and the five student-athletes charged in connection with this incident will face University sanctions, along with any penalties imposed by law.

“The police investigation is continuing, and the rights of these accused students will be upheld. But in light of these allegations, I asked Coach Kellar to cancel Saturday’s game. Behavior has consequences, and all Cal U students, including student-athletes, must abide by our Student Code of Conduct if they wish to remain a part of our campus community.

“At the same time, it must be clearly understood that the actions of a small group of individuals are not representative of our entire student body, nor of all Cal U student-athletes. I ask our entire campus community to recommit to our University’s core values, and to demonstrate through their words and their actions the best that our University can be.

“Our hearts and our prayers go out to the victim, his family and his friends. All else pales in comparison.”