The players say they won’t resume football activities until the school meets their demands, which include the reinstatement of the suspended players and that the school’s president, Eric Kaler, and athletic director, Mark Coyle, be “Held accountable for their actions.”
The case highlights the complications school administrators face in investigating allegations of sexual assault and meting out punishments.
In the Minnesota case, players did not understand why the school’s inquiry yielded a different outcome than the criminal investigation.
“It is my hope that our eligible football players, marching band, spirit squad and loyal fans take advantage of this opportunity. However, the University of Minnesota will not change our values or our code of conduct for the sake of a bowl game.”
Five Gophers football players told police they had sex with the woman but said it was consensual.
Schools are required by Title IX regulations to investigate allegations of sexual assault, regardless of the findings of criminal investigations.
President Barack Obama’s administration has pushed colleges to deal more aggressively with sexual assaults on campus, and in 2011, the Education Department issued a letter that effectively lowered the evidentiary standards in such cases, upending the way most schools dealt with sexual assault complaints.
Jack Montague was expelled in February following a school investigation into a sexual assault complaint.