August 12, 2014
Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong's Statement on Student-Athlete Arrests
Dear Campus Community:
As you may have heard, five student-athletes from our football team were arrested over the weekend in an alleged armed robbery that San Luis Obispo police believe may have involved drugs. Illegal drugs and criminal activity have absolutely no place at Cal Poly. They are anathema to student success, the Mustang Way, and the expectations we hold for all members of the Cal Poly family.
We are committed to working with San Luis Obispo police through the conclusion of their ongoing criminal investigation into last weekend’s robbery. As soon as that process is complete—and through consultation with university police, city police, and the county’s Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office—Cal Poly will conduct a thorough examination into possible illegal drugs and criminal activity within our football program and on campus.
Information police have provided about last weekend’s robbery bears striking commonalities with a 2013 incident involving one of our former student-athletes. We need to determine if a broader problem exists in our football program. To that end, we will expand drug testing to include all members of the football team. This will screen for a wider array of illegal substances than has been covered by the Athletics Department’s existing, NCAA-guided random testing program for all student-athletes.
As always, we continue to monitor and review all policies and procedures relating to student conduct and to look for ways to enhance our support systems for all of our students in order to provide them with the resources and educational opportunities to make good choices and embrace good citizenship.
Student health and success are our guiding principles, and Cal Poly has done—and will continue to do—all it can to ensure the continued well-being of our entire student body.
Jeffrey D. Armstrong