Five Cal Poly rugby club team members allegedly assaulted an individual at a residence on Foothill Boulevard at approximately 2 a.m. on Jan. 12, San Luis Obispo Police Department (SLOPD) Capt. Chris Staley said.
The victim told officers in charge of the investigation that the players punched him and hit him with bottles, Staley said.
With the SLOPD investigation over, the assault case will now go to the San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s office. Whether or not the suspects will be prosecuted will be determined there.
Cal Poly administration was informed of the assault a few days after it occurred. The university’s Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities responded by putting the entire team on suspension from all rugby-related activities, including games.
The suspension was lifted Jan. 21, University Spokesperson Matt Lazier wrote in an email to Mustang News.
The five members suspected of assault, however, are still under investigation by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and are on suspension, according to Lazier.
“Our conduct officer is reviewing the status of this case, speaking with our chief of University Police regarding the SLOPD findings, and addressing this charge as quickly as possible,” Lazier wrote.