Cornell Hazing: Men's Lacrosse Cancelled for Fall Over Incident

Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 08:30 AM

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Cornell University has unveiled what exactly was involved in the lacrosse hazing incident that prompted the Ivy League school to cancel the men's team's fall season, Reuters reported.

New lacrosse players were made to perform menial chores for the older teammates and also pressured to chug beer to the point where some of them vomited, the university said on a new website dedicated to combating hazing.

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"The freshmen were told to stand in a circle and were tied together with string that was passed through their belt loops. They consumed a large quantity of alcohol to the point at which multiple members vomited," the school said.

Dangerous college hazing rituals have attracted more attention since the 2011 beating death of 26-year-old Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion during a band trip.

Cornell University cracked down on hazing following the death in 2011 of a sophomore during a fraternity ritual in which he drank excessive amounts of alcohol, according to The New York Times.

Hazing also violates New York state law, according to Cornell.

Cornell did not say when the lacrosse hazing incident happened, only that the university learned about it on Sept. 12. The university investigated and on Sept. 19 canceled the team's fall season, according to the New York Times.

ESPN, noting lacrosse is a spring sport, said cancellation of the fall season was a slap on the wrist for the team.

"The team will participate in anti-hazing education programs and workshops and those members negatively affected by the hazing incidents will be provided support," the school said.

Last season, Cornell's record was 14-4, losing in the NCAA semifinals to eventual national champion Duke.

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