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OTTAWA - The University of Ottawa has suspended its men's hockey team because of allegations of a gang sexual assault in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sources told QMI Agency the alleged assault occurred while the team was playing games at Lakehead University. The Gee-Gees were most recently in Thunder Bay on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
The alleged victim is a young woman who knows one of the Ottawa players. Sources say several players were allegedly involved, but so far no arrests have been made and no charges have been laid.
The victim hasn't been co-operating with police in Thunder Bay, who are leading the investigation. The allegation came to light when a "third party" informed senior management at the University of Ottawa's sports services department on Feb. 24.
Police were called the next day.
"This is serious, this is a serious allegation," spokesman Patrick Charette said.
"We immediately informed police, we started an internal review. We were asked not to communicate until today and that's what we're doing now."
University officials expressed concern the allegation wasn't reported to them for weeks.
"This is our top priority," Charette said. "The incident occurred several weeks ago. The university is deeply concerned that senior management was only informed of the incident on Feb. 24 - and then, buy a third-party. This will be among the questions answered during our internal review."
Charette said no additional information about the case will be released, citing privacy laws.
"The university has high expectations of all our students and staff," Charette said.
"The alleged misconduct is not in keeping with the values that are at the heart of athletics and student life on campus."
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