Towson University hazing: The entire University of Towson’s cheerleading squad has been suspended for the academic year, following an alleged hazing incident brought to light by an anonymous tip. The Baltimore County, Maryland school has refused to provide details, but confirmed that the suspension is already in effect, reports the Inquisitr on Aug. 30.
Towson’s Office of Student Conduct and Civility Education was advised of the hazing in early August, and “immediately launched a full investigation," which has now led to a full suspension of the cheer program.
“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 the 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.”
The squad, under coach Edy Pratt, is exercising their appeal rights over the suspension, which was first reported in the university’s newspaper, The Towerlight.
The sanction against the team means that the 30-member squad can neither practice nor perform in any of the school’s athletic games. They are also barred from cheer competition for this upcoming year, just months after winning the National Cheerleaders Association’s college championship trophy.
Thus far, the school and fellow students have been tight-lipped on what concurred, only confirming that the incident did not occur on campus and that it involved multiple members of the team, and that no one was injured in the hazing incident.
The unusual step of putting an entire cheer squad on abeyance likely speaks to the seriousness of the incident.