Cornell University has suspended its entire men's lacrosse team for fall following a hazing of freshman recruits including a beer-drinking competition.
The suspension began September 13 and will vacate the full fall schedule, including exhibition games. Players will be able to practice and train during that time, but will have to go through anti-hazing education programs and workshops.
“It’s a team-wide penalty for a team-wide incident,” John Carberry, a Cornell spokesman, said. “It involved coerced alcohol consumption by underage freshmen.”
College officials said the team held a party that involved a keg race, where freshmen were forced to stand in a circle and drink large amounts of beer. The freshmen were tied together with string that passed through their belt loops, and some of the members vomited.
They were also required to fulfill favors for upperclassmen.
“They were expected to spend a large amount of time with the other members in both lacrosse-related and social situations planned by upperclass members of the team,” the report said.