Lawyers for the University of Oklahoma and junior linebacker Frank Shannon met Wednesday at the Oklahoma state Supreme Court building with a referee, who will make a recommendation to the justices regarding the case.
Shannon was accused of sexually assaulting a female OU student at his off-campus apartment in late January, and although District Attorney Greg Mashburn never pressed charges in criminal court, OU found Shannon guilty in its own independent Title IX investigation.
The university suspended Shannon from school and football activities for one year, but the linebacker appealed the ruling to a district judge, who issued a stay June 30, allowing him to continue as an OU student-athlete until she issues her ruling.
That stay remains in effect. OU asked the supreme court to intervene earlier this month after OU president David Boren issued a statement announcing the school’s decision to suspend Shannon. In the statement, Boren said the university was unable “to enforce our process.”
The district court case was filed under seal, which is why officials said Wednesday’s supreme court hearing was closed to reporters and the public.
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