Student athletes suspended while authorities investigate body found

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Newman University Monday said three student athletes have been temporarily suspended from sports activities while the school awaits more information about a Wichita police investigation into the death of a woman. Her body was found Sunday morning in the area of the 1400 block of S. Topeka.

Clark Schafer, the Director of University Relations for Newman University, says the punishment for the three players stems from what the school is calling a Code of Conduct violation.

Schafer gave KSN news a copy of the schools Code of Conduct.

The Newman University Code of Conduct applies to behavior on and off campus, and the University reserves the right to pursue disciplinary action for violations of law or the Code of Conduct, regardless of where the violations take place.

Schafer says the school knows there was a gathering off campus over the weekend, and there was potential that there was underage drinking going on.

It is something, Schafer says, would fall under the misuse of alcohol part of their code.

“We believed with what happened over the weekend, there’s at least a code of conduct violation, so we want to look at that while other things are going on,” said Schafer.

The 20-year-old woman has been identified as Griffin Cruise.

She was found unresponsive inside of a pickup truck near an off-campus home of one of the students. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said a 37-year-old man found the woman in the truck. She did not have any obvious signs of trauma.

“The man did not know the woman. He was in the area. I don’t know how he came across her,” said officer Charley Davidson, Wichita Police Department.

Police aren’t releasing many details and are continuing to investigate.

During the suspension, the university said the students can continue to attend class. The school added the woman is not a Newman student.

If anyone has any information, please call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111 or detectives at 268-4407.


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