Colgate men's rowing team suspended over alcohol, hazing violations

Published Sep 12, 2017 at 1:53pm

HAMILTON — The Colgate University men's rowing team has been suspended from all fall competition and the first competition of the spring season in response to violations of the college's policies related to high risk alcohol consumption and hazing.

According to Colgate officials, the team was suspended by Victoria M. Chun, Colgate's vice president and director of athletics and will also not have the opportunity to compete in the postseason.

School officials said that the Department of Athletics, in collaboration with the office of the Dean of the College, concluded that the men's rowing team engaged in hazing activity that included high risk alcohol consumption, in violation of the Colgate University Student Handbook and the Colgate Department of Athletics Code of Conduct.

"It is imperative that our student-athletes uphold the highest standards academically, athletically and socially," said Chun in a statement on the school website.

"They fully understand that failure to meet these expectations is simply unacceptable, and is a disservice to all other student-athletes on our campus who are dedicated to doing the right thing every day. This type of behavior is extremely disappointing and we will work with the men's rowing team to ensure proper steps are taken to move forward and rectify its culture."

In addition to the suspensions, "all persons involved in the men's rowing program will undergo mandatory education regarding hazing and alcohol consumption, and will also participate in a series of events to promote positive choices, leadership development, and personal growth."

Khaled Sanad has served as Colgate’s head men’s rowing coach since 2000.