University of Minnesota men’s basketball star Reggie Lynch faces suspension and a complete ban from campus until at least 2020 after a school investigation found him responsible in a sexual misconduct incident. The school’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) office began investigating Lynch last fall after a woman filed a complaint saying that he assaulted her in his dorm room in Roy Wilkins Hall on April 28, 2016. The U told both Lynch and his accuser that Lynch’s suspension will begin Tuesday unless he appeals, according to records obtained by the Star Tribune. Lynch can request a hearing by the Student Sexual Misconduct Subcommittee (SSMS) if he disagrees with the finding. The SSMS would issue its own decision. Thursday’s finding will not take effect if Lynch requests an SSMS hearing. If Lynch doesn’t file an appeal, then Thursday’s decision stands. Last year’s Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year is playing in his final year of college eligibility. The woman who filed the complaint against Lynch declined to comment late Thursday. Lynch transferred to Minnesota after playing two seasons at Illinois State. He sat out the 2015-16 season and immediately became the Gophers’ starting center last season.
U panel finds Reggie Lynch 'responsible' in sexual misconduct claim
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Jan 5