A Towson University hazing has left the school’s well-known cheerleading squad suspended a week for 1 academic year following allegations of a serious hazing occurrence, University officials announced on Thursday. Although the exact details behind the hazing have not been released, it does involve the entire cheerleading squad, which has stunned both the school community and area community at large, the Evening Sun reports this Friday, Aug. 30.
The Towson University hazing has left the cheerleaders reportedly suspended for 1 academic year, announced the Office of Student Conduct and Civility Education. The hazing reports were first made known to school officials on Aug. 6, who were said to launch an in-depth investigation immediately, resulting in the suspension that took place last week.
"Hazing in any form will not be tolerated at Towson University. We hold high expectations for all of our students and their conduct as leaders, both on and off campus," Deb Moriarty, Towson University's vice president for student affairs, said in a public statement. "Out of concern for students' privacy and their rights to due process that includes their right to appeal the suspension, it would be inappropriate for the university to comment further."
While zero tolerance policies in regards to hazing is not rare in high school and college schools today, suspending the entire cheerleading team is an uncommon event — a very uncommon one, even in the realm of sports, said the director of the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators.
"I have never heard of a whole team getting suspended," said the executive, who was said to be “stunned” at the Towson University hazing rumors and equally surprised at the 1 year suspension for all cheerleaders. "That is pretty rare, maybe unheard of."
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