Assuming SUNY has done all the proper investigation into this incident (the police have filed charged after all) we say “good for them.”
In the past, many colleges have investigated these types of incident and found any excuse possible–including ignoring their own hazing police–to avoid having to admit they have a problem like this at their schools. They go to great lengths to explain how something like this incident at SUNY Geneseo, where freshman were allegedly blindfolded, handcuffed and forced to drink large amounts of alcohol, was NOT hazing and merely horseplay, a non-team activity, or our favorite “inappropriate behavior.” Anything but hazing.
Will this action put an end to all hazing at SUNY Geneseo? We would hope so, but after doing this site for more than twelve years we can honestly say that we don’t think it will end it completely. But students at that school who continue these barbaric practices have now been put on notice that their social or athletic program could also face the death penalty if they’re caught. A clear message has been sent.
This is an update to a story from last week about the blindfolded, SUNY Geneseo women’s volleyball team and an off-campus “team bonding” exercise that seems to have gotten off track.
According to police, 11 young women have now been arrested and face charges of hazing and unlawfully dealing with a child after one freshmen member of the team was hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. Now, before you dismiss this as just another bunch of college kids doing what college kids do, let’s look at what the police are saying happened that evening at an underage drinking party in Geneseo. Okay, we don’t have a lot of detail but police are saying that the eight freshmen members of the squad were summoned to an apartment off-campus, then blindfolded, handcuffed and forced to drink alcoholic beverages . . . to the point that one of them had a BAC of more than three times the legal limit (.0.08%) to drive. Not surprisingly, many people die from a BAC that high, which is why she probably ended up in the hospital.
What’s interesting to note is that of the 11 young women arrested, 8 are current members of the volleyball team. A team that, according to the school’s website, has only 8 upper-class players on a team of 17 with the majority (9) being freshman. And, if you look at the names of the three women arrested who are not on the squad, all three to appear to have played last year. Did they all graduate and come back for this little party? Or were they kicked off the team last year for some reason (as sources are indicating to me) which explains why the team has so many freshmen players this year? On the police report these three are all listed as either 20 or 21-years-old. Kind of young to graduate, but you never know.
Is this hazing incident not the first discipline problem for the SUNY G volleyball team?
As we said last week, it appears the school acted appropriately in suspending the entire team (what else are you going to do when the upperclassmen are all in jail the freshman are all hungover?) but is this the first year such an activity has been held? And if not, did anyone on the coaching staff know about any previous booze hazing events like this one?
Ball is in your court SUNY Geneseo. (If anyone who attends this school can shed light on the situation, please let us know: email@example.com).
Source – Greece Post
Let’s see: yesterday we had a report about the dance squad at FAMU being suspended for an alleged hazing incident, less than a year after a member of the school’s marching band died from hazing. Today, we have reports that 11 members of the SUNY Geneseo women’s volleyball team were charged with 1st degree Hazing and Unlawful Dealing with a Child for serving alcohol to minors after an off-campus underage drinking party sent one student to the hospital with a BAC over 3 times the legal limit. And this happened at a school where another student died from binge drinking less than 3 years ago.
What are you people thinking? Do we need to lay the bodies of your fallen classmates in front of you to get this to stop?
The women’s volleyball team has been suspended by the university (polite applause) while the investigation continues. Some will argue the charges are harsh for common “underage drinking” at a college campus, but there must be enough evidence the gals were coerced into drinking that much or the DA wouldn’t have filed the charges. SUNY Geneseo claims it has a tough anti-hazing policy, so we’ll see if they have the guts to follow through on this one.
Source – WHAM