University of Montana President Royce Engstrom, right, discusses an agreement that was made by the Justice and Education Departments on the handling of campus sexual assault cases on May 9. She was saying something far more provocative: AP Images When the story broke, Rudolph was suspended from the team and placed on university probation. Many college football players are adored — almost worshipped — by their peers. The charges against Rudolph did not involve sexual assault, but she likens her experience to being raped. At the time, rape was quite clearly regulated in some states: Fortunately, California has recently enacted legislation that may reduce the number of sexual assaults and make it easier to prosecute offenders. Mary's College freshman who committed suicide 10 days after she was allegedly raped by a Notre Dame football player, still has critics questioning how Notre Dame handled the case, especially given that the accused player is still playing for the Fighting Irish. The danger is magnified by the widespread college policy of allowing students accused of sexual assault to simply withdraw from college before their disciplinary hearings and transfer to another school, with no specific record on their transcripts that they might be a threat. She says her therapist would diagnose her with post-traumatic stress disorder. After all, teams want to be known for their good reputation, which means that their actions both on and off the field impact their community. According to the initial affidavit, Martin-Oguike was accused of forcing the female student into a lying position, choking her by the neck and ripping off her shorts before raping her. Male sports teams, especially successful ones in high-profile schools, have long enjoyed more attention, financial support, and adulation than other school-affiliated teams, no matter how victorious the latter might be. Robbins wrote in an email to the Arizona Daily Star. They had consensual sex twice and remained friends. Shortly after the case made news, she says university officials advised her not to attend BC football games and tried to make her take a medical leave of absence until Rudolph graduated. When athletes are found responsible for sexual assault, they may suffer only trivial consequences.