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MSU suspends 3 football players in sex assault probe

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Three Michigan State University football players are suspended from team activities and removed from on-campus housing as part of a sexual assault investigation.

The school says in a release Thursday that a staff member associated with the football program also has been suspended.

Police are expected to forward reports in the case to prosecutors for possible criminal charges.

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The school says the complaint was made late last month. Names of the players were not released, but the school says it is retaining a law firm to conduct an investigation into ''football program staff members' compliance with university policy in connection with the allegations.''

A Title IX consultant also has been retained to conduct a separate investigation. That probe will address whether MSU's Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct policy was violated.