Friday, May 01, 2015

SJU suspends softball team amid hazing investigation

Courtesy of the Inquirer

St. Joseph’s University has suspended play for its women’s varsity softball team for the rest of the season following an internal investigation into hazing allegations.

The team has three games remaining in the season. It’s unclear whether the team would have made post-season play. A statement from the university issued on Friday afternoon reads as follows:

"Saint Joseph’s University has concluded a Community Standards review process in the ongoing women’s softball matter.  Due to violations of campus community standards, the women’s softball team will not be participating in scheduled contests for the remainder of the season.  The Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents the University from addressing individual student-athletes or specific violations and SJU will have no further statements at this time."

The school declined to comment on violations or punishment for any specific athletes, citing student privacy laws.

The university said last month that it was investigating allegations that members of the team hazed or bullied younger members. Alleged violations reportedly involved alcohol and sexual improprieties. The university has declined to describe the allegations but a source said it occurred off campus in the fall and was revealed about a month ago when a parent came forward.

Four students on the Division I team had been suspended, a source had confirmed.

Friday’s decision impacts the entire team.

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