Clemson's Tyson to be allowed to remain in school, graduate

March 09, 1991|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun Staff Correspondent

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former Dunbar standout Sean Tyson, who was suspended twice from the Clemson basketball this season and was charged with assaulting a female student last month, will be allowed to remain in school and graduate this spring.

A decision on Tyson was reached this week and announced yesterday by school officials. According to a statement released by Almeda Jacks, a dean of students, Tyson has been placed on disciplinary probation. He will be required to attend regularly scheduled counseling sessions and work 10 weeks in the office of student development.

"Violent acts cannot and will not be tolerated at Clemson University," Jacks said. "The customary penalty for an incident of this type is suspension for the remainder of the current semester. . . . A review of Sean's academic performance and discussions with his professors indicate that Sean is making good progress toward earning his degree . . . and proving his good citizenship."

According to the release, Tyson agreed to the disciplinary action, saying: "I sincerely regret the incident that took place. I hope that by staying in school, working in student development and earning my degree, I can make up for what happened and prove myself to the university and my fellow students. I am grateful to the university for giving me this chance."

Tyson, a travel and tourism major, still faces charges in Pickens County, S.C., court of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, as well as possession of a firearm on school property. A source familiar with the situation said that the charges might be reduced or dropped.

"I'm happy that Sean is going to get the chance to graduate," Clemson coach Cliff Ellis couldn't be reached for comment.

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