Monday morning, it was reported by numerous outlets that Florida freshman quarterback Treon Harris had been suspended from the team after it surfaced that he was being investigated in a "legal matter" involving a female on campus.
Monday afternoon, the school officially released a statement regarding the situation. Harris is being accused of sexual assault early Sunday morning in an on-campus residence hall. Via the University of Florida:
University of Florida student athlete Treon Harris is accused of sexually assaulting a female student early Sunday morning in a residence hall on the UF campus.
The University of Florida Police Department is investigating the incident, and UFPD has brought in the Gainesville Police Department to assist with collection and analysis of forensic evidence.
The investigation is ongoing and the university does not have an update regarding any charges at this time.
The University of Florida and the University Athletic Association are cooperating fully.
Due to legal and privacy requirements, there are limitations as to what the university can say publicly about a pending matter such as this. In these types of serious situations, Student Affairs initiates the Student Conduct Code process. Often, a student may be suspended on an interim basis, which means he or she is banned from campus and all campus activities, pending the outcome of the conduct process.
UAA has suspended Treon Harris from all team activities.
“We have no tolerance for sexual assault on our campus,” UF President Bernie Machen said. “The university is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for every member of the UF community. We must strive to protect all of our students from sexual harassment and assault, and do everything in our power to promote a safe learning environment.”
UF continues to provide a wide variety of support services and resources. The university continually enhance its campus efforts to address issues of sexual assault and harassment.
As this process unfolds and is resolved, UF is committed to addressing this serious matter with integrity, fairness and compassion.
Harris replaced starting quarterback Jeff Driskel in Saturday's win over Tennessee in the fourth quarter. We'll keep you updated.