Skidmore cancels men's soccer season over hazing incident

Friday, February 22, 2013
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— Skidmore College won’t have a men’s soccer team this season.

President Philip Glotzbach canceled the team’s season Thursday after team members allegedly hazed rookies.

In a letter to the Skidmore community, Glotzbach wrote that the hazing happened during “Rookie Night” on Nov. 30. The event involved alcohol, but Glotzbach did not offer specifics.

“Fortunately, no students were hospitalized or suffered lasting injury. However, the potential for injury was considerable and the actions themselves inexcusable,” he wrote.

College officials are disciplining 28 students, including 24 current team members, he said.

In addition to cancelling the soccer team’s season, he said the students who participated in the hazing will be barred from all spring sports this year, and some team members will be suspended for “significant portions” of the upcoming fall season.

Glotzbach said he was heartened to see that the students admitted their actions during the Campus Safety investigation.

“They are taking responsibility for their behavior and recognizing that actions have consequences,” he wrote. “As difficult as this is for all who are directly involved in this matter, as well as for everyone who cares about Skidmore, we see evidence already that important lessons are being learned, and we are confident that the actions we are taking in the end will make us all wiser and our athletics program stronger.”

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