Former Yale captain Jack Montague reportedly expelled for sexual misconduct

The Yale Daily News confirmed Wednesday what many already suspected: Jack Montague, former captain of the Yale men’s basketball team, was expelled from the university for sexual misconduct on Feb. 10.

The student who filed the November complaint declined to comment to the News for its story, as did Montague, the publication said.

The News further reported:

A formal complaint was filed against Montague with the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct in November of 2015, several months after an incident of alleged misconduct occurred. The decision to expel him was made on Feb. 10, 2016, and a week later the University provost chose not to grant Montague’s appeal of the decision, according to sources familiar with the facts of the case. It remains unclear if the November formal complaint was the only complaint brought before the UWC.

When a member of the Yale community files a formal complaint of sexual misconduct, the UWC appoints an impartial fact-finder to interview relevant parties and compile a report of the events in question. After the report is completed and presented to the UWC secretary, the UWC chair — currently ecology and evolutionary biology professor David Post — selects a five-member panel from the larger 30-member UWC body to conduct a hearing. At the hearing, both the complainant and the respondent are permitted to make a 10-minute statement and are then interviewed by the panel. Additional witnesses may come before the panel at the panel’s discretion.

After the hearing, the panel votes via secret ballot on whether the respondent has violated University policy; if a majority of panel members believe such a violation has occurred, the panel recommends a penalty. That recommendation is then presented to the relevant decision maker — Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway, if the respondent is an undergraduate — who has the option to accept, reject or modify the panel’s conclusion or recommended sanctions. Both the complainant and respondent may appeal the final decision.

The News also reported criticism of the UWC procedures from senior Blake Thomson, a childhood friend of Montague who accused them of going “against established law” and running counter to due process.

More information on the UWC Procedures can be found here. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prohibits universities and other institutions of learning from sharing a student’s private educational records, including disciplinary information, without the student’s prior written consent.

The Yale basketball team apologized Wednesday “for the hurt we have caused” in its show of support for Montague last month.

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