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Union College investigating lewd 'scavenger hunt'

Union College investigating lewd 'scavenger hunt'

Sex on ice, buttocks tattoos, smoking blunt with teacher among items
Union College investigating lewd 'scavenger hunt'
Union College.
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ

SCHENECTADY — Union College is investigating a vulgar scavenger hunt allegedly started by one of the women’s athletic teams.

In a story first reported by the college newspaper, The Concordiensis, the college is looking into a Google “To-Do List” document that was widely shared since March. There were at least 60 lewd exploits listed, with points awarded for each act completed.

“In accordance with college protocol, the Dean’s Office has commenced an investigation, and upon completion, the administration will promptly pursue appropriate action as outlined in the school’s Student Code of Conduct,” Union spokesman Phil Wajda said in a statement.

Some of the items on the list include drawing a penis on your face and not removing it for 24 hours, puking on someone and eating a whole marijuana brownie (100 points each). Getting a buttocks tattoo was worth 200 points, as was having sex on the ice, an apparent reference to Messa Rink.

Acts that received higher point values were drinking a teammate’s urine (400 points), shaving a teammate’s eyebrows (500 points), smoking a blunt with a teacher (1,000 points) and engaging in oral sex among males (2,000 points).

The activities were expected to be recorded for proof. It was supposed to last during the spring trimester, which started March 27 and ends June 8, the last day of final exams.

Union athletic director Jim McLaughlin found out about the document and the activities listed after receiving complaints from several student athletes. McLaughlin alerted Stephen Leavitt, vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

“We’re aware of the document,” McLaughlin said. “We became aware of it last week. As soon as we became aware of it, we contacted the Dean of Students office. It’s in the midst of a complete investigation right now, consistent with college policy. We, obviously, don’t condone this type of behavior. The department of college athletics is committed to establishing an environment of mutual respect for all.

“I’m deeply disappointed.”

On Wednesday, Leavitt and McLaughlin sent an email to the campus community.

“We were disappointed to learn that a document outlining a ‘bucket list’ of activities to be engaged in for sport has been shared among members of the campus community. Many of the items on the list, which allegedly originated with one of the women’s athletic teams, are described in a manner that is vulgar and offensive. 

“Union is committed to maintaining an environment free of harassment of all kinds, and an investigation is underway in accordance with college protocol and upon completion, the administration will promptly pursue appropriate action.

“We will continue to provide educational and training programs for our students and staff in an effort to ensure that Union is an inclusive community free from harassment and intimidation, characterized by mutual respect and concern for the well-being of others.”

McLaughlin said there haven’t been any suspensions yet of the student athletes who may be involved in the scavenger hunt.

“It’s just at the start of the investigation,” McLaughlin said. “Consistent with college policy, whenever there’s violations of student conduct code, the dean of students and the campus safety conducts an investigation. It’s too early at this time, but we’ll work our way through it.”

McLaughlin isn’t sure how long the investigation will last.

“I can’t put a timeline on it,” McLaughlin said. “I know that our dean’s office and campus safety are very efficient. They’ll work their way through it as quick as possible, but giving it the time it needs to make sure that we do the due diligence.”

McLaughlin said he hasn’t come across video or photos of the scavenger hunt. Asked if he was surprised the scavenger hunt was allegedly started by some of the women’s teams instead of the men, McLaughlin said, “The origin is not important. It’s the substance that is concerning. Where it comes from, I’m not concerned with. We’re just disappointed that anything like this is out there.”

McLaughlin couldn’t say if any of the men’s teams participated in the scavenger hunt.

“It’s right at the start [of the investigation],” McLaughlin said. “We don’t have much at this point. But, obviously, in talking with our students, we’ll get to some determination of origin and distribution.”

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Ken Schott at 395-3159, [email protected] or on Twitter @slapschotts. Read his blog, Parting Schotts.

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