Provo » At least two BYU football players are being investigated for violating the school's strict honor code, BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins confirmed Tuesday.
The inquiry was made because various sources have told The Tribune that freshman safety Shiloah Te'o and freshman receiver O'Neill Chambers were involved in at least one off-campus get-together where alchohol was present and available. Personally consuming alcohol, or being present where alcohol is being consumed by others, such as at a party, club or establishment whose main purpose is to serve/provide alcohol, is a violation of the honor code.
Citing federal privacy laws, Jenkins said the school is only allowed to acknowledge whether a review is taking place when presented with specific names, and cannot divulge the nature of the violation.
However, she did refer The Tribune to a section of the school's Web site that discusses what the honor code office believes to be violations in regards to abstaining from alcoholic beverages.
Asked about three players -- Te'o, Chambers and a junior, who sources say were involved -- Jenkins confirmed that the freshmen were being reviewed, but said the junior was not under investigation. She said every case is different and could not specify when a decision will be made pending the reviews.
Students found violating the honor code face sanctions ranging from warnings to probation to suspension from school.
As of Monday evening, an athletic department spokesperson said no player has been suspended or kicked off the team.
Asked for a statement regarding allegations that an incident involving alcohol took place when BYU was hosting 24 football recruits during the weekend of Jan. 9-11, coach Bronco Mendenhall issued the following:
"The matter has been handled internally by the football program in keeping with team rules and university standards. The appropriate lessons are being learned and the people involved and the program are moving forward."
BYU begins spring football practice March 16.