University of Saskatchewan Statement on Huskies Volleyball Coach
On Tuesday May 15, 2018, we became aware of a criminal conviction concerning a member of our Huskie Athletics Men's Volleyball team. The assault that led to the conviction happened when the athlete was a member of another post-secondary institution.
We take this matter extremely seriously, as the conduct associated is not reflective of our values as an athletic program or university. This behaviour is unacceptable and not tolerated at the University of Saskatchewan. We are committed to providing a safe campus environment. The situation raised significant concerns as to how the player was allowed to become a Huskie athlete.
We took immediate steps to investigate and take appropriate action. As soon as this was brought to our attention, Huskie Athletics removed the athlete from the team. Also, effective today May 17, 2018, Huskie Men's Volleyball Coach Brian Gavlas' employment at the University of Saskatchewan has been terminated.
We have a duty to uphold the respectful and professional standards of behaviour that we expect from all members of our athletic and broader university community. All Huskie athletes are expected to follow the Huskie Code of Conduct which explicitly states that their personal conduct reflects upon not only themselves, but the athletics program and the university. We also have high expectations of our leaders and expect them to be accountable in their roles.
We are launching a thorough review to examine our processes related to the screening and recruitment of student athletes, and the policies related to the conduct of our employees, to ensure that they live up to the values of Huskie Athletics and the University of Saskatchewan.
Huskie Athletics will begin the process to identify a new head coach in the coming weeks.
Shawn Burt, Chief Athletics Officer
Chad London, Dean, College of Kinesiology