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Allan Rock defends decision to suspend U of O hockey team

University of Ottawa President Allan Rock says any other course of action than suspending the university's hockey team would have been irresponsible.

Rock defended his decision to suspend the team after two of its players allegedly sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman in Thunder Bay this past winter in a letter written to The Globe and Mail after The Globe ran an editorial saying Rock was wrong in suspending the entire team over the alleged actions of two of its players.

"The suspension for the entire 2014-15 season was imposed only after we received an independent report about what occurred during a team road trip to Thunder Bay," he writes. "It disclosed widespread behaviour that was disreputable and unbecoming of representatives of uOttawa."

He says it suggested an unhealthy climate surrounding the team, and a break was needed to repair that climate.

Players David Foucher and Guillaume Donovan were charged with one count of sexual assault each last week after both men turned themselves in to Ottawa Police.  Shortly after the charges were announced the university released a statement saying the charges would not affect the school's decision to suspend the team.

Rock announced the team would be suspended through the 2014-2015 season in May. He also announced the team's former head coach Real Paiement had been fired.

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