From an editorial Wedneday in the (Raleigh) News & Observer:
Duke University isn’t helping anyone, including itself, by refusing to comment on whether the dismissal of basketball player Rasheed Sulaimon was connected to allegations of sexual assault.
Duke’s student newspaper, The Chronicle, reported Monday that Sulaimon’s dismissal was “clouded by allegations of sexual assault” made by two female students who spoke out at separate campus retreats in October of 2013 and February of 2014.
Duke announced Jan. 29 that Sulaimon, a junior and former Duke starter, had been kicked off the team, the first Duke player ever dismissed by Hall of Fame Coach Mike Krzyzewski.
But on Monday during a regularly scheduled conference call with sportswriters, Krzyzewski was saying nothing about the circumstances.
Duke Athletics Director Kevin White added to the information deficit Tuesday saying, “As specified by federal law and university policy, all Duke officials, including Coach Krzyzewski, are prohibited from commenting publicly on any specific individual or situation.”
The federal law presumably is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). It was passed to protect the confidentiality of student academic records.
If Sulaimon was dismissed for reasons unrelated to the allegations, Duke owes it to him to say so. If his removal was related, then there needs to be an explanation of why more than a year passed between the time of the first allegation and his dismissal.