A judge ordered USC to let former tight end Bryce Dixon to re-enroll in school, but he will not be joining the football team next season
Dixon was expelled in May after two allegations of sexual assault and was cleared in one case, but violated the school’s “affirmative consent” policy on sexual activity. His appeal to the USC's Student Behaviors Panel was denied.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert H. O'Brien issued a written statement on Thursday ordering the school to put Dixon's expulsion on hold.
USC said they will comply with the judge's decision and allow Dixon back into school immediately.
“The judge’s order does not impact or reverse the findings made by the university in this student conduct case,” the school said in a statement. “The university stands by its student disciplinary processes, which were conducted in compliance with state and federal law, including Title IX and the Volence Against Women Reauthorization Act (“VAWA”), with federal guidance issued by the Office for Civil Rights….. Mr. Dixon will not be reinstated as a student-athlete.”
Dixon said the school’s sexual-misconduct investigation process was “utterly lacking” in due process in petitioning the court to stay his expulsion.
He was held out of spring and fall practice while a decision was being made on his eligibility.
“I know Bryce is anxious to get to camp as soon as possible,” attorney Mark M. Hathaway said to the Los Angeles Times. “Now that the order is signed that may be sufficient to allow that to happen.”
Dixon caught 14 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns last season for the Trojans, while playing in all 12 games.
- Scooby Axson