NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma’s internal Title IX investigation into an alleged sexual assault against linebacker Frank Shannon resulted in a one-year suspension, according to a statement issued by university president David Boren on Monday afternoon.
According to Boren’s statement, though, “the University is unable to enforce its process at this time. The University has and is taking every legal step possible to move this process forward.
“The University is currently seeking to enforce its decision so that it may be in compliance with federal law requiring responses by institutions to such matters in a timely manner. With the fall semester beginning August 18, time is of the essence.”
Boren said in the statement that federal law prohibits him from discussing the case further.
The university’s process concluded on June 18, resulting in the one-year suspension from both school and athletic activities for Shannon.
Shannon was Oklahoma’s leading tackler on last year’s Sugar Bowl championship team. The junior played high school football at Dallas’ Skyline High School.
According to a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report obtained in April by The Oklahoman, a female OU student accused Shannon of sexually assaulting her at an off-campus apartment in January. Cleveland County district attorney Greg Mashburn declined to prosecute the case, saying the alleged victim didn’t want to press charges.
Despite that, the university is obligated under federal law to conduct its own internal investigation.
Because any student found guilty of violating OU’s sexual misconduct policy has the right to appeal to a district court, that is very likely where this case is today.
Shannon has continued to practice with the team throughout this process.