Salt Lake City paper reports honor code violations

SALT LAKE CITY -- Four Brigham Young football players have allegedly been kicked off the team for violating the Mormon church school's honor code at a party that included alcohol and sex, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Saturday.

The newspaper, which did not cite a source in the copyright
story, said an investigation into honor code violations is complete
and an appeal process has begun.

A story published by the Deseret Morning News in its Saturday
edition said at least five BYU football players would be

The university would not confirm nor comment on any
disciplinary action, citing the ongoing process of investigating
honor code violations.

"The honor code process is not complete and so officially there
have been no expulsions, suspensions, probations, or anything at
this point," Jeff Reynolds, associate director of athletic
communications, told The Associated Press on Saturday.

BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins confirmed that the school was "nearing completion" of a review that involved more than one

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the school investigated an
off-campus party where a female student claimed to have been raped
by several football players Jan. 19. The woman later told police
the sex was consensual, but she said she was raped because she was
embarrassed and did not want to get in trouble for violating the
honor code at the school owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints.

The code prohibits drinking alcohol and engaging in premarital
or extramarital sex.

No criminal charges have been filed against any players, Jenkins

According to university protocol, after the honor code office
completes an investigation, students have five days to appeal any
decision. The university can release the name of the student and
confirm any disciplinary action only if the student signs a waiver
releasing such information, Jenkins said.

The school could confirm or deny information in certain
exceptions, such as if the name of a student became public record
or if students approached the media themselves, she said.