The University of Delaware has suspended the school’s women’s lacrosse team after members were caught attending a large party that violated Newark’s COVID-19 gathering restrictions.
As a result of the six-week suspensions, the team’s season has been cancelled. The team is 1-5 so far this season and was slated to play six more games.
“The health, safety, and well-being of our student-athletes and campus community are a priority at Delaware,” athletic director Chrissi Rawak said in a prepared statement that was carried by the Newark Post. “We have spoken to our student-athletes at length about the protocols and guidelines that must be followed for us to provide a safe environment not only for the university but our community as well. We will continue to communicate with our student-athletes how important it is for them to honor the social pledge and stay disciplined in their choices.”
The March 21 party happened at an off-campus residence. UD athletics spokesman said the party violated the city’s limit of 10 people indoors.
“UD student-athletes and staff follow strict NCAA- and UD-required surveillance testing protocols,” Tritt said. “All individuals are tested at least once a week, with many testing two to three times per week utilizing the University of Delaware on-campus surveillance testing program.”
This is the second time UD has punished student-athletes for violating the gathering limit. In October, 19 members of the swimming and diving team were suspended after attending an off-campus party.
According to the Post, UD students who are cited are referred to the university’s office of student conduct for additional sanctions. Under UD policy, students charged with hosting a party that violates the law will immediately receive a temporary suspension until the case is adjudicated. Those found guilty through the university judicial system will receive a full suspension and could be expelled.
The UD campus has seen just of 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 since the spring semester began.