BOSTON (WHDH) - Boston College has extended its suspension of its swimming and diving program after launching an investigation into hazing allegations, officials said Tuesday. 

The university and all four of its swim and dive coaches have also parted ways, a spokesperson confirmed.

The suspension began in September in response to an initial series of allegations. It will now stretch through August of this year after BC officials said their internal investigation not only substantiated the September allegations but also revealed “recurring issues with the program, and a team culture that conflicts with University expectations of its student-athletes.”

Team members will be banned from participating in team practices, team activities, competition “and all instruction with coaches” while the suspension continues. Officials said swimming and diving student athletes will also need to participate in a hazing education program. 

In addition to the team suspension and the required hazing education program, officials said “a number” of team members were issued sanctions in connection with BC’s hazing investigation, including university probation and suspension for the spring semester.

BC officials in a statement last year said they placed the swimming and diving program on an indefinite suspension after they determined hazing occurred within the program. 

In subsequent court documents obtained by 7NEWS, school administrators accused some upperclassmen of forcing freshmen to binge drink, describing one activity where “the freshmen were given bags to wear around their necks for vomit.”

Documents said “some of them did vomit,” adding “other students passed out.”

BC students at one point hired lawyers to fight the swimming and diving program suspension.

A judge later denied the request and the suit was dismissed.

Months later, BC officials this week said Director of Athletics Blake James outlined the extended suspension in a letter to team members on Jan. 4. 

James said he now hopes the swimming and diving program “will learn from this experience and commit itself to ensuring appropriate behavior, meeting University expectations, and creating a positive team culture that will position the program for success in the future.”

James continued in recent comments, saying he hopes the team suspension and other sanctions will be enough to allow the team back in the pool for the 2024-2025 season.

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