More than a month after officials announced an indefinite suspension for the Boston College swim and dive team, new details have emerged about the hazing allegations that prompted the suspension.
Details came to light on Tuesday as part of a motion filed by BC’s legal team. The motion, in turn, came in response to a lawsuit brought by more than half the team which has argued BC’s athletic department prematurely suspended the swim and dive program.
“It was a team suspension that was implemented after an investigation was done and after a determination had been made by BC athletics that hazing, in fact, had occurred,” said Daryl Lapp, an attorney for Boston College, during court proceedings.
Boston College announced the suspension on Sept. 20.
“The University does not—and will not—tolerate hazing in any form,” BC said at the time.
New court documents show school administrators found hazing occurred in September.
In documents, officials allege that “team members conducted a ‘Frosh’ event with a series of organized and directed activities for freshmen on the team — activities involving excessive drinking.”
Documents continue, saying “the freshmen were given bags to wear around their necks for vomit and a number of them did vomit.”
“Other students passed out,” documents say.
BC says it made its determination through interviews with 20 team members in addition to video and photo evidence.
Attorney Tara Davis, meanwhile, recently said allegations “are not substantiated.”
Davis represents the 37 unnamed student-athletes suing BC to reinstate the team and award damages for emotional and reputational harm. She has called this a “distressing” time for her clients who feel they’ve been unfairly robbed of their chance to compete.
“This is something that they’ve been doing for years upon years to get to this point, so the fact they are not able to do that and that it’s all been taken away from them is just very upsetting,” Davis said.
The judge in this case did not issue a ruling Tuesday on whether or not to reinstate the BC swim and dive team.
Lawyers hope to have the judge’s decision by the end of the week.
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