UPDATE: Cephus plans to return to Badger football team following news of reinstatement

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UPDATE (WKOW) — Quintez Cephus says he plans to return to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and play football for the Badgers.

Cephus made his comments during a Monday afternoon news conference with his attorneys.

“I’m here to come back to school and practice with my teammates,” Cephus said.

Cephus says he anticipates playing this season and said Badger Head Coach Paul Chryst told him that he was happy Cephus was back.

 

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MADISON (WKOW) — Former Badger wide receiver Quintez Cephus, recently acquitted of sexually assaulting two fellow students, has been reinstated immediately to the University of Wisconsin.

His expulsion has been lifted, according to a news release Monday morning from the University.

UW-Madison obtained information following Cephus’ trial that was not provided to the university during the student conduct process, according to the news release.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank conducted a review of this information and the petition for Quintez Cephus’ reinstatement as quickly as possible and in a complete and impartial manner.

After reviewing the information, sanctions for Cephus were reduced and his expulsion lifted.

“Mr. Cephus has been reinstated as a UW-Madison student, effective immediately,” the news release read.

There were findings of responsibility of the student non-academic misconduct code that were upheld.

Blank acknowledge that the decision would be controversial.

“All three of the primary participants in this case are our students, and I know the past year has been painful for everyone involved,” Blank said in the news release. “My decision is based on the availability of substantial new information that wasn’t made available to us during the earlier process. I recognize that some will disagree with this decision.”

Stephen Meyer, the attorney for Cephus, issued a statement thanking the UW for “doing the right thing by giving Quintez Cephus his life back in time to pursue his academic and athletic dreams.”

“It’s been a year to this day that Quintez had to tell his teammates he was stepping down from the team to face criminal charges, Meyer said.

UW statement in full:

UW-Madison has a responsibility to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct in a prompt and thorough manner, as directed by state and federal laws. The university applies its code of conduct impartially and consistently regardless of the identities of the individuals involved.

In the case of Quintez Cephus, this process functioned appropriately and in accordance with state and federal guidelines and proceeded based on the information available to UW-Madison at the time of the university’s investigation and hearing process.

UW-Madison obtained information following the criminal proceeding that was not provided to the university during the student conduct process. Chancellor Rebecca Blank conducted a review of this information and the petition for Quintez Cephus’ reinstatement as quickly as possible and in a complete and impartial manner.

As a result of this review, sanctions for Quintez Cephus have been reduced and his expulsion lifted. There were findings of responsibility of the student non-academic misconduct code that were upheld.

Mr. Cephus has been reinstated as a UW-Madison student, effective immediately.

“All three of the primary participants in this case are our students, and I know the past year has been painful for everyone involved,” said Blank. “My decision is based on the availability of substantial new information that wasn’t made available to us during the earlier process. I recognize that some will disagree with this decision.”

“To those in our community who have experienced sexual assault, I sincerely hope that there is nothing in this case that will deter you from coming forward for support,” she added. “Our university continues to be prepared to listen and respond.”

Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak

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