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Cal Poly Rugby Club's activities--including games--are on hold during an assault investigation

Ryan Miller

On the morning of Jan. 17, one day before a scheduled Cal Poly rugby home game against UC Santa Cruz, New Times received word that the administration had put a hold on the Cal Poly team’s activities.

Cal Poly Rugby Head Coach David Burnett referred a request for comment to University Spokesman Matt Lazier, who had this comment later that afternoon:

“Cal Poly administration was contacted this week by the family of a student who reported being assaulted by one or more members of the university’s rugby team at an off-campus gathering the prior weekend.

“The university is in contact with the San Luis Obispo Police Department, which is conducting an investigation into the incident … .

“Cal Poly’s Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities is also conducting an investigation into the matter, which will involve meetings with the complainant and members of the rugby team and will take into account the results of the San Luis Obispo Police investigation.

“As per the university’s standard procedures, all rugby team activity has been paused as the investigation continues.

That means the Jan. 18 game is off, as are future activities—at least until the investigation is resolved.

New Times will report more information as it becomes available.