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Police are investigating allegations of hazing and hara sment made by a former University of Virginia football player who recently filed a federal lawsuit against the school, , citing confirmation it received from a UVa spokesman.The active university police investigation is in addition to the school's internal Title IX probe into first-year wide receiverAidan Howard's claimin a civil rights Detroit Pistons Jersey suit that he suffered a broken eye socket when hewas forced Aug. 12 to fight another first-year player as a form of "initiation" and to prove his "toughne s and manline s.""UVA is conducting a thorough investigation that involves several steps in the fact-finding proce s," university deputy spokesman Matt Charles wrote in an email to ESPN.MORE: Howard's attorneyconfirmedthe Ersan Ilyasova Jersey police investigation, telling ESPN that universitypolice interviewedHoward in late Augustin his home state of Pennsylvania and asked him to submit a statement, which heprovided to police Sept. 23.Howard who says in his suit that he felt no alternative but to take part in the fight out of fear of suffering more Bill Laimbeer Jersey bullying and hara sment alleges that a "culture of bullying, abuse, hara sment, and discrimination" exists at UVa.He also claims in his lawsuit thathe saw other players force first-year teammates into "conduct which imitated and mimicked sexual acts," and that players were coerced into fighting and wrestling while nude or partially nude, "an act referred to at UVA as 'ramming.'"The University of Virginia began its Title IX investigation Aug. 16 after receiving a report from the athletic department regarding the incident, Charles told ESPN."The University reported the matter to the City Chauncey Billups Jersey of Charlottesville and Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorneys in accordance with Virginia state law," the spokesman wrote. "The University Police Department, the Office of the Dean of Students and UVA's Title IX office began concurrent investigations consistent with university policies and procedures."According toHoward, he was treated by a team athletictrainer and visited by a coach after suffering the injury during the fight Aug. 12,but it's not clear why the athletic department took fourdays to reportthe incidentto school officials Aug. 16.In addition to various university officials, Howard's lawsuit nameswide receivers coach Marques Hagans, graduate a Stanley Johnson Jersey sistant Famika Anae and Cavaliers wide receivers Doni Dowling and David Eldridge. First-year head coach Bronco Mendenhall is not named in the suit.