Update: 4 Notre Dame football players sidelined for academic misconduct investigation

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By Emily Evans
By Melissa Hudson

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame held a press conference Friday afternoon to discuss their investigation into allegations of academic dishonesty by students, including four football players.

University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. and Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick spoke during the press conference. [Watch the press conference above]

The university confirmed the four football players under investigation are: DaVaris Daniels, KeiVarae Russell, Ishaq Williams and Kendall Moore.

Coach Brian Kelly was "devastated" when he was told about the allegations. Kelly said he and his staff would fully cooperate with the investigation.

The players will not be participating in practices until the investigation is complete.

The university's says they first learned of the allegations during the end of the summer session.

They received evidence papers and homework was turned in that was written by someone else.

The compliance office in athletics was notified on July 29. The university says the Office of General Counsel started an investigation into the allegations.

The university says if the student-athletes would have been ineligible to play during past games, the university will voluntarily vacate wins in which that athlete participated.

“The University is committed to thorough resolution of this matter, consistent with its commitment to academic integrity and adherence to NCAA rules," said University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

The students involved are still enrolled in the university.

Father Jenkins said if the four players were found to have committed violations of the honor code, the Honesty Committee would determine their punishment. According to the Honor Code, the punishment is dependent on the severity of the violation.

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