UB releases statement regarding the arrest of a student-athlete

Release Date: December 8, 2019

“Whenever there is a serious violation of our program’s code of conduct, we will take immediate action to address the situation, with the understanding that the university and law enforcement has a process that must be respected and followed.”
Lance Leipold, head coach
UB Bulls football

BUFFALO, N.Y. – University Police arrested student-athlete Dylan McDuffie Saturday evening on domestic violence charges and referred the case to local authorities for adjudication.  

Upon learning of the charges early Sunday morning, UB football coach Lance Leipold suspended McDuffie from the team pending the results of the police investigation. 

“Whenever there is a serious violation of our program’s code of conduct, we will take immediate action to address the situation, with the understanding that the university and law enforcement has a process that must be respected and followed,” Leipold said. “Domestic violence will not be tolerated.”

The alleged victim is not a UB student and the individual’s identity is being withheld by the university for her privacy and safety. 

Due to federal protections on student information, the university cannot comment on individual students’ academic status at the university. Generally speaking, the university has an on-campus judiciary process to address violations of the university’s Student Code of Conduct.

UB Athletics also has a process for addressing violations of student-athlete policies. Students are told in no uncertain terms that they put their academic and athletic careers at risk by breaking the law or violating UB’s Student Code of Conduct.

UB is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors to the university.

Due to the ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment on the matter at this time. 

Information about UB’s policies for domestic violence student conduct are available at:

http://www.buffalo.edu/equity/obtaining-assistance/sex-discrimination-and-sexual-harassment/sexual-assault--domestic-violence--dating-violence-and-stalking/sexual-violence-victim-survivor-bill-of-rights.html

https://d2o2figo6ddd0g.cloudfront.net/t/9/xy1at5gz1twh58/Student_Athlete_Handbook_10-19.pdf

https://www.buffalo.edu/studentlife/life-on-campus/community/rules.html

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