RICHMOND, Va. — Two Liberty University football players have been suspended from the team after an investigation connected them to an alleged sexual assault last year, the school said.

Players Cameron Jackson and Kyle Carrington are suspended pending an appeal after they and former student Avery James were found to have violated the university’s policy on sexual harassment, discrimination and assault, Liberty said in a statement.

Liberty said the three were connected to an alleged off-campus sexual assault in August 2015. The school didn’t provide details about the alleged assault or say what role each of them is alleged to have played in the incident.

Joshua Farmer, an attorney for Jackson, said in a statement that Jackson denies the allegations “in the strongest possible terms.” A school spokesman said he didn’t know whether Carrington or James have obtained attorneys.

Jackson “is confident that, once the matter has been thoroughly and properly investigated to completion, he will be cleared of any wrong-doing,” Farmer said in a statement. “In the meantime, he will not sit quietly in a corner as his name and reputation are slandered,” he said.

Farmer said the Conduct Review Committee, which made the decision about the violations, is made up of students and faculty members. Jackson didn’t participate in the investigation on which the committee’s findings were based, Farmer said.

The school said it cannot provide further details about the matter because the appeal and an investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department remain open.