HSU Women’s Soccer Team Suspended Three Games For Hazing – August 29, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Women’s Soccer Team Suspended Three Games for Hazing

A Humboldt State University investigation has found evidence of hazing at a women’s soccer team party earlier this month and, as a consequence, President Rollin Richmond has suspended the team for three games.

In addition, the investigation also identified numerous instances of underage drinking.  The University has initiated disciplinary proceedings against a number of the players, who face individual sanctions for violations of both the student and the student-athlete codes of conduct.

The suspension means that the road trip scheduled to begin today has been cancelled. Matches with Dominican University, Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay will not be played.

The hazing incident took place at an off-campus team party held Aug. 4. A complaint was made to HSU’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, which then assisted in a thorough investigation conducted by the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

The team’s three-game suspension follows a suspension of the men’s soccer team for the entire 2012-13 season due to hazing.

University policy allows for broad discretion regarding appropriate sanctions for hazing and most other conduct offenses. In the cases involving the men’s and women’s soccer teams, the investigations found significant differences, including the severity of offenses and the extent of physical and psychological danger. Specific details cannot be divulged due to privacy laws.

“These investigations into hazing have been a difficult process for the teams and for the rest of the campus community,” said President Richmond in a message to students, faculty and staff. “I have heard from many who are surprised and deeply concerned, and I share their sentiments. We cannot allow hazing to occur at HSU.”

Hazing, broadly defined, is an activity expected of someone joining a group that humiliates them, degrades them, or risks emotional or physical harm. It is hazing regardless of whether the person is a willing participant.

HSU officials stress that they take issues of hazing very seriously, and believe it is important that all students understand it will not be tolerated. Hazing is illegal, and violates HSU’s student code of conduct as well as its student-athlete code of conduct.

President Richmond has directed campus offices to create new programs and expand existing efforts related to hazing. These include random alcohol and drug testing of student-athletes, ensuring that NCAA best practices related to hazing are closely followed, new annual reporting and procedures within Intercollegiate Athletics, a strict requirement that all hazing and other student code violations be investigated by Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, and a revision of the Life Skills class taken by student-athletes.

12 Responses to “HSU Women’s Soccer Team Suspended Three Games For Hazing – August 29, 2012”

  1. Anonymous

    Why do the men get a harsher punishment than the women? Did the women haze "less" than the men? What, exactly, constitutes less hazing worthy of less punishment?

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  2. Anonymous

    Why do the men get a harsher punishment than the women? Did the women haze "less" than the men? What, exactly, constitutes less hazing worthy of less punishment?

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  3. The magnitude of the danger, and injury to individuals. I believe the incident with the men's team involved some seriously reckless stuff.

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  4. The magnitude of the danger, and injury to individuals. I believe the incident with the men's team involved some seriously reckless stuff.

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  5. Anonymous

    Eric, I disagree with that rationale. Hazing is hazing. It's always wrong. There is no gray area. If enough players do it, the season should be canceled. Then, on a student-by-student basis, give additional repercussions based on each student's level of involvement, each student's personal actions. To treat the women's team with kid gloves sends a clear message that hazing is a matter of degrees of severity… hey, don't haze, but if you're going to haze, do it in moderation. This is a terrible message, a terrible decision from HSU.

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  6. Anonymous

    Eric, I disagree with that rationale. Hazing is hazing. It's always wrong. There is no gray area. If enough players do it, the season should be canceled. Then, on a student-by-student basis, give additional repercussions based on each student's level of involvement, each student's personal actions. To treat the women's team with kid gloves sends a clear message that hazing is a matter of degrees of severity… hey, don't haze, but if you're going to haze, do it in moderation. This is a terrible message, a terrible decision from HSU.

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  7. Anonymous

    Just like speeding is speeding (56 vs. 100) or murder is murder (self defense vs. pre-meditated) or assault is assault (battery vs. aggravated). Please! Almost everything in life exists as a continuum including the Student Code of Conduct and the law. Are you even familiar with this document? I doubt you even know what "hazing" is according to the California State University system. Wake up and smell the coffee and cream…unlike that lovable beverage, life is rarely black and white!

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  8. Anonymous

    Just like speeding is speeding (56 vs. 100) or murder is murder (self defense vs. pre-meditated) or assault is assault (battery vs. aggravated). Please! Almost everything in life exists as a continuum including the Student Code of Conduct and the law. Are you even familiar with this document? I doubt you even know what "hazing" is according to the California State University system. Wake up and smell the coffee and cream…unlike that lovable beverage, life is rarely black and white!

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  9. No, hazing isn't hazing. There's hazing which humiliates a person. Bad. There's hazing which puts lives in jeopardy. Really effed up. Big difference.

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  10. No, hazing isn't hazing. There's hazing which humiliates a person. Bad. There's hazing which puts lives in jeopardy. Really effed up. Big difference.

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  11. No, hazing isn't hazing. There's hazing which humiliates a person. Bad. There's hazing which puts lives in jeopardy. Really effed up. Big difference.
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  12. No, hazing isn't hazing. There's hazing which humiliates a person. Bad. There's hazing which puts lives in jeopardy. Really effed up. Big difference.
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