Friday, June 9, 2006
Northwestern disciplines women's soccer team
ESPN.com news services
Northwestern completed its investigation into allegations of hazing by its women's soccer team and announced Friday that it will discipline involved players.
"As I have stated previously, Northwestern will not tolerate hazing of any kind," athletic director Mark Murphy said in a statement Friday. "When it discovers allegations of hazing or other violations of student conduct regulations, the university will respond quickly and take the appropriate actions."
The program is no longer suspended, but some members of the team are being placed on probation. The entire team will be required to participate in a community service project and attend educational sessions on hazing.
Several players will serve suspensions from regular-season games during the upcoming season, which begins Aug. 25. Additional disciplinary action will be taken against several more team members.
In his statement, Murphy said that coaches and student-athlete were given institutional brochures on hazing last fall and asked to acknowledge the receipt of the hazing policies. The department also held a mandatory educational session on hazing for all student-athletes and spirit squad members in April.