Thirty members of the Boston Faculty males’s and girls’s swimming and diving program have retained authorized counsel after each groups had been suspended indefinitely for hazing on Wednesday.
Attorneys Andrew Miltenberg and Tara Davis criticized BC for strolling again its preliminary assertion that the college decided hazing had occurred. Later Wednesday, the Workplace of the Dean of College students stated that no determinations had been made about whether or not any coverage violations occurred. On Thursday, BC revised its assertion to say that this system’s suspension was based mostly on “credible reviews of hazing.”
“The assertion issued by the Boston Faculty Athletics Division on September 20, 2023 falsely steered that allegations of hazing by the Boston Faculty Males’s and Ladies’s Swimming and Diving workforce have been substantiated,” Miltenberg and Davis stated in an announcement to SwimSwam. “To be clear, the college’s conduct workplace has simply solely begun and definitely has not accomplished an investigation into such claims, nor have any findings been made.
“The issuance of this assertion prematurely, and with out having gathered the entire related information, was not solely negligent but additionally extraordinarily dangerous and damaging to the members of the Swimming and Diving program,” they added. “It’s distressing that the Faculty has been so irresponsible in its public messaging. We’re hopeful that the Faculty will take all obligatory and applicable steps to rectify the substantial and ongoing harm triggered to the scholar athletes.”
On Thursday, particulars of the alleged hazing emerged in a letter from an administrator within the Workplace of the Dean of College students that was obtained by The Heights, BC’s impartial scholar newspaper. The letter steered that freshmen swimmers had been pressured to binge drink and devour their very own vomit, doubtlessly violating 5 Pupil Code of Conduct insurance policies in addition to Massachusetts state regulation.
Legal professionals for the 30 members of the BC swimming and diving program wouldn’t go as far as to disclaim these allegations, solely addressing the college’s public response to the scenario.
“Primarily based on the knowledge identified right now, Athletics has decided a program suspension is warranted, pending a full investigation by the College,” BC’s revised assertion stated. “In step with College coverage, the matter will likely be investigated by the Workplace of the Dean of College students and adjudicated pretty and impartially via the scholar conduct course of. As soon as the investigation and adjudication course of is full, Athletics will reassess the standing of the groups.”
Sources instructed SwimSwam earlier on Thursday that workforce members had been compelled to drink till they vomited, after which put on that vomit tied in a bag round their necks. Those self same sources added that not all members of the workforce participated within the actions.
Each the BC women and men’s groups positioned twelfth out of 12 groups on the 2023 ACC Championships of their first season underneath former Notre Dame assistant Joe Brinkman. Nonetheless, it was a comparatively profitable season for the Eagles contemplating they’re the one Energy 5 swimming program that doesn’t provide scholarships. They broke three faculty and 15 pool data at their rivalry meet towards Boston College in January and had been beginning to acquire momentum on the recruiting path underneath the brand new teaching workers.
It’s uncommon for schools to self-suspend complete applications for hazing, nevertheless it has occurred earlier than. In 2015, Western Kentucky suspended its males’s and girls’s swimming and diving program for 5 years within the wake of a hazing scandal that resulted within the termination of the teaching workers. In the end, the varsity lower this system.
Brinkman leads a BC teaching workers that features assistant coach Brian Keane, assistant coach Alexander Santana, and diving coach Jack Lewis. The Eagles had been slated to begin their season Saturday with a Maroon vs. Gold intrasquad meet earlier than formally starting the common ant George Washington on Oct. 7.