HAMILTON, NY – Colgate University has suspended its men’s swimming and diving team for the fall season due to “hazing and high-risk alcohol consumption,” officials announced.
The team is suspended from all all fall competition and its winter training trip, according to a statement by the university.
After an investigation by the university’s athletics department and dean’s office, the university found the team engaged in hazing that included high-risk alcohol consumption.
Hazing can include humiliating or dangerous initiation rituals imposed on college students who want to be fraternity or sorority members.
“We regret the need to make this decision but also want to communicate clearly and unequivocally that hazing and high-risk drinking have no place in Colgate’s Division I athletics program or at Colgate University,” said Colgate Vice President and Director of Athletics Nicki Moore.
Hazing is prohibited by Colgate University policy and state law.
Members of the team also must undergo mandatory education regarding hazing.
In September 2017, Colgate’s men’s rowing team also was suspended for a season due to hazing.
In Pennsylvania, an anti-hazing bill named for 19-year-old Penn State student Timothy Piazza is expected to be signed today, according to Fox 2 TV. . Piazza died last year in a fraternity ritual that involved excessive drinking.
Six men face hazing charges in Piazza’s death.