NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers University has suspended five football players and two other students who face criminal charges including assault and robbery.
Richard Edwards, the university's chancellor, announced the suspensions Friday.
The alleged behavior of the students "warrants an interim suspension until additional information becomes available," Edwards said in a statement.
The students can appeal the suspensions.
The five players include starters Nadir Barnwell, Andre Boggs and Deion Stephenson. All five were suspended from the team Thursday after one was charged in two home invasions and four others were charged with assaulting a group of people in New Brunswick in April.
A sixth student was charged with helping plan the robberies and a seventh was charged with being a getaway driver.