A season of promise has gone sideways for Bucknell. The Bison started the 2014 season ranked 14th and 15th in the media and coaches polls, respectively, and appeared poised to challenge for both the Patriot League title and NCAA Tournament adventures. The Herd, however, have stumbled out of the gate, going 4-4 and beating only one team currently over .500 on the season -- Delaware.
None of that is good, but it's all subordinated behind this: Bucknell has issued disciplinary actions against the lacrosse team as a response to hazing activities. The Bision will feel two prongs of punishment:
- The lacrosse team is placed on two-year probation; and
- The team's seniors have been issued a one-game suspension
The full press release from Bucknell:
Bucknell University has concluded an investigation into alleged hazing activities and other violations of the Student Code of Conduct by members of the men's lacrosse team. The investigation, which was coordinated by the Dean of Students Office, included interviews with every member of the team and its coaching staff. As a result of the investigation, the University has concluded that the men’s lacrosse team has engaged in hazing activity, including by requiring first year members of the team to perform menial tasks, as well as other violations of the Student Code of Conduct, the Student-Athlete Handbook, and team policy. The University, through the Athletics Department and in consultation with the Office of the Dean of Students, has placed the men’s lacrosse program on a two-year probation. Senior members of the team have also been given a one-game suspension for failure to meet leadership expectations.
In addition to the above actions, the University is taking measures to improve the culture within the men’s lacrosse program in an effort to avoid such conduct in the future. Those actions include developing a new standard of behavior policy applicable to team-member conduct on and off campus, requiring that team members participate in a team community service project, and mandating participation in additional hazing training beyond the hazing education that is already regularly provided to all student-athletes.
University policy and state law prohibit hazing in all of its forms, and Bucknell University will not tolerate such conduct. Student-athletes are expected to show respect for one another and bring pride to the institution both on and off the field. The Athletics Department will work closely with the men’s lacrosse program during its probationary period to ensure it is acting consistent with the Department’s goals of promoting the personal growth of student-athletes, celebrating challenge and competition, and preparing participants for service and leadership in the world.