Former USC tight end Bryce Dixon will be re-admitted to the university but will not be re-instated as a student-athlete, according to a statement released by the school on Thursday.
“USC has reviewed the judge’s written order staying Bryce Dixon’s expulsion from the university pending further review by the court. We will comply with the court’s order and allow Mr. Dixon to re-enroll in the university immediately.
The judge’s order does not impact or reverse the findings made by the university in this student conduct case. The university stands by its student disciplinary processes, which were conducted in compliance with state and federal law, including Title IX and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (“VAWA”), and with federal guidance issued by the Office for Civil Rights.
Where there is a disciplinary finding this serious in nature, the university prohibits students from representing the university, including as a member of its athletic teams. So while we will comply with the judge’s order staying the expulsion, Mr. Dixon will not be reinstated as a student-athlete.”
Dixon, who caught 14 passes for four touchdowns last season as a true freshman, had been expelled from USC earlier this year following a sexual assault investigation but Los Angeles Superior Court judge Robert H. O’Brien had issued a stay on Wednesday of the expulsion, which could have paved the way for Dixon to return to the football team