Local university suspends hockey club for 5 years after hazing incident
MT. PLEASANT, MI (WNEM) -
Central Michigan University has suspended a hockey club for violating the school's code of conduct.
After receiving a complaint about an incident that occurred at an off-campus party, the Office of Student Life investigated claims that some members of the hockey club participated in hazing and alcohol consumption. Photos of the party surfaced online.
"There was pictures released on Facebook, which is what got us in trouble… that looked like hazing," said Matt Cinader, the hockey club's president.
During a hearing on Wednesday, the club was found in violation of the charges and suspended for five years, or until the fall of 2017.
Cinader told TV5 that the student-run organization has filed an appeal and hopes to get the ruling reversed to a lesser penalty.
Cinader also feels that the entire team is being punished for actions of a few.
"There were people on the team that weren't at the party and it wasn't just team members at the party," Cinader commented.
The Office of Student Life dismissed the notion that individuals could be held responsible.
"Any actions that may be taken, traditionally, in cases like this, are taken against the club," explained Tony Voisin, vice president of Student Life.
Voisin would not comment on the details of the hazing incident because the case is currently under appeal.
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