Men's soccer team season canceled after hazing investigation

Posted by Andrew Shi

On Thursday night, President Glotzbach sent an email to the Skidmore community reporting that the men's spring soccer season had been canceled after an investigation by Campus Safety. The Campus Safety report revealed incidents of hazing by members of the team during a team initiation on Nov. 30, 2012, known as "Rookie Night."

No students were hospitalized during the event, but hazing is in direct violation of the Skidmore honor code and a pledge signed by every student athlete promising that they will not participate in any form of hazing.

Students found guilty of involvement in this incident will be barred from participation in any spring sport. Furthermore, several of the team members may be suspended for a significant amount of the fall season and all players may face further disciplinary review.

Glotzbach praised the efforts of Campus Security for their efficient investigation and also lauded the cooperation of men's soccer head coach Ron McEachen and the Athletics Director, Gail Cummings-Danson.

Glotzbach ended his email on a lighter note, saying, "as difficult as this is for all who are directly involved in this matter, as well as for everyone who cares about Skidmore, we see evidence already that important lessons are being learned, and we are confident that the actions we are taking in the end will make us all wiser and our athletics program stronger."

Full story to come.

Original letter from President Gotzbach can be viewed here: http://www.skidmore.edu/news/2013/0221-soccer-hazing.php

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