Towson University hazing: Entire cheerleading team suspended
Towson University hazing: The entire Towson University cheerleading team got a 1-year suspension for hazing. The details of the hazing incident have not been made public yet.
Towson University officials say they've suspended the school's national championship-winning cheerleading team for the academic year for violating the school's hazing policies.
Deb Moriarty, vice president for student affairs, says the school launched an investigation earlier this month after receiving an anonymous tip.
"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," said Moriarty, in a 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 sanction means the team, which took first place at the National Cheerleaders Association's collegiate championship in April, won't be able to practice or perform at competitions or university sporting events. The team has until next week to appeal the suspension, which was first reported by campus newspaper The Towerlight.
"I have never heard of a whole team getting suspended," Jim Lord, executive director of the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators told the Baltimore Sun. "That is pretty rare, maybe unheard of." He said most suspensions involve one or two students or a coach and are for infractions of university rules.