(CNN)A West Virginia University football assistant coach has been put on leave after allegations of mistreatment by safety Kerry Martin Jr., the university said.
"I want to thank Kerry Martin for having the courage to bring his concerns to light," West Virginia Director of Athletics Shane Lyons said in a statement.
"We will not tolerate any form of racism, discrimination or bias on our campus, including our athletic programs.
"Coach Vic Koenning has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately, and the department will work with the appropriate parties to conduct a thorough investigation into these allegations. This is serious, and we will act appropriately and in the best interests of our student-athletes."
Michael Fragale, a spokesman for the university's athletic departme