NORMAN — Frank Shannon remains enrolled at OU and a member of the football team with only a few weeks until fall camp opens. An athletic department spokesman said he doesn’t expect that to change, although the university’s open-records office and Shannon’s attorney refused Wednesday to provide any new information regarding the ongoing investigation into an alleged sexual assault six months ago at an off-campus apartment.
OU athletic department spokesman Pete Moris said he’s been told to proceed as if Shannon will play this fall, and that the junior linebacker from Dallas will appear in the team’s official media guide. Moris said he anticipates Shannon will be on the roster when fall camp starts July 31.
Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn declined to prosecute the case months ago. The university conducted its own Title IX sexual misconduct investigation as required by federal law.
OU’s stated process for such inquiries stipulates that “the investigation and findings generally should be completed within 60 calendar days of receipt of the complaint, preferably sooner as practical.”
On Wednesday, the University of Oklahoma denied The Oklahoman’s open records request seeking the final results of Shannon’s Title IX disciplinary hearing, and OU open records officer Michael Purcell wrote in explaining the decision that “there has not been a final determination of a disciplinary action.”
“The University followed a very stringent process with both sides, and under the Administrative Procedure Act both sides have an ability to appeal any decision reached by the University to a district court,” Purcell said. “The University takes very seriously its obligation in cases like this. Under federal law, since this matter is still pending, the University cannot release further information.”
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