Eastern Kentucky University

Nov 16, 2012 5:20 AM

EKU Suspends Rugby Team For Hazing

Eastern Kentucky University officials have suspended the men's club rugby team until August 2014 after a lengthy investigation into hazing.

Last month, administrators placed the team on indefinite suspension after reports of hazing surfaced. University officials say team members paddled a freshman teammate with a three to four foot long 2x4 named "Betsy."

"It was to the point that blood was found in his room. He was drunk at the time and says it wasn't a big deal because everyone does it to be part of the group," according to a report issued by the university.

University officials say the investigation revealed that team members have the opportunity to ask or be asked to be paddled with "Betsy." They can say no. They also have the option to keep their pants up or pull them down. Players can sign "Betsy" after the paddling and are considered part of the "brotherhood." The practice goes back to at least the spring of 2010.

With the suspension, the team will not be allowed to play games or hold practices until the fall of 2015. Officials say they will remain on probation at that point.

It remains unclear if any individuals will face on-campus hazing charges.

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