DA declines to prosecute OU's Frank Shannon; School to determine his future

by Jason Kersey and Nolan Clay Modified: April 17, 2014 at 10:39 am •  Published: April 17, 2014

When a complaint is received, the Sexual Misconduct Office begins an investigation entirely independent of any criminal investigation. Once it has been determined that a policy violation has likely occured, an investigative report is forwarded to the student conduct office.

The student conduct office meets with the accused student and recommends sanctions, which can be appealed to a disciplinary panel. That decision can be appealed as well.

Palk said a student can be found to have violated the Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination and Harassment Policy, even if criminal charges are never filed.

Shannon, a Dallas native, was Oklahoma's leading tackler last season and has appeared in 25 career games over the past two seasons, with 15 starts. He didn't practice with the team Thursday, nor did he participate in Saturday's spring game.

After the game, OU coach Bob Stoops said Shannon was dealing with "personal issues."

The district attorney said he was not personally involved in the decision not to file charges against Shannon and only became aware of the decision this week.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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