Cornell University has now suspended the school’s entire men’s lacrosse program for this fall, according to a Fox News report on Monday. The school says that there was an alcohol-related hazing of the freshmen recruits on the team which included a competitive beer-drinking event.
The suspension reportedly began on Sept. 13, 2013 and wiped out the fall’s schedule including exhibition games. During the suspension, team members are permitted, however, to train and practice. The suspension terms include team members being subjected to anti-hazing educational programs and workshops.
A spokesperson for Cornell University, John Carberry, stated that the penalty is a team-wide penalty for a team-wide incident as it involved coerced alcohol consumption by underage students.
The illegal activity included a “keg race” in which freshmen were forced to stand in a circle and drink great amounts of beer. The freshmen were tied together via a string intertwined in their belt loops – which resulted in some of the freshmen vomiting. Though not illegal, the freshmen were subjected to performing tasks for the upper-classmen.
Support for the freshmen who were subjected to the incidents is being provided to the school. The school officials have had a zero-tolerance policy toward hazing incidents since a student died I n2011. George Desdunes, a Cornell fraternity member died two years ago when he was bound with duct tape and forced to drink alcohol. At that time, David Skorton – the president of the University – claimed that the death of Desdunes would end hazing “as we know it.” Yet, hazing has obviously continued at Cornell.