Statement from St. Francis President Brendan Dugan on Terrier Basketball Suspensions

Earlier today, Brendan J. Dugan, President of St. Francis College, Brooklyn, released the following statement to the St. Francis community regarding the ongoing investigation of junior Brent Jones, freshman Wayne Martin, junior P.J. Santavenere and sophomore Anthony White for violating unspecified college policies. The four members of the St. Francis Brooklyn men’s basketball team – along with a fifth St. Francis student who has not been identified – remain indefinitely suspended from the college.

Dear Faculty, Staff, Administration, Students, and Alumni,

As some of you may be aware, the Provost with my support has suspended five students for allegedly violating the St. Francis College Code of Conduct. The College is continuing with its independent review of the circumstances leading to these suspensions. Simultaneously, other outside agencies may also be reviewing this matter. Because of these ongoing investigations and the college’s determination to protect the rights and privacy of all of our students, the college is not able to offer more details at this time. We respectfully request that you also respect the privacy of those involved. Please do not speak with reporters regarding these alleged events. Instead please forward media inquiries to Richard Relkin, the College’s Director of Media Relations at or 718 489-5214.

St. Francis College has always sought to implement a code of conduct that instills and affirms the Franciscan values our community holds dear. I will be communicating with you again as these matters are resolved. Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.


Brendan J. Dugan

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