Brown Suspends Men's Swim Team for Hazing

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The men’s swim team at Brown University has been suspended after an investigation found the team responsible for hazing new members.

According to the Providence Journal, the team will face a complete suspension until May 27 during which no team activity will be permitted. After that, the team will be on “deferred suspension” through the end of the fall 2018 semester. During that time, the team may hold practices, but not be allowed to compete. The team will also face probation through May 2019, during which time they will be allowed to resume competition, but under the supervision of the school’s Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

The Journal reports that he investigation leading to the suspension stems from an incident from Oct., 2017, which was first reported by the Brown Daily Herald. The report described an incident during which new members of the team were made to vandalize school property, drink to the point of vomiting and perform humiliating acts and skits.

The punishment was outlined in a statement from Brown University, which also noted “individual students found responsible for code violations are subject to sanctions as well.” Federal law limits the disclosure of details related to individual student conduct.

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