Members of Tufts Men's Team Sanctioned for 'Unacceptable Behavior'
The Tufts Daily, the independent campus newspaper at the Medford, Mass., school, has reported that 27 members of the men's lacrosse team will be suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season after being found to be participating in "unacceptable behavior" during an intercollegiate volleyball game last fall.
The situation came to light on Sept. 25 when an op-ed piece in the Daily by a female student detailed insults hurled at members of both the Smith and Tufts volleyball teams during a match. The comments came from a group of men, "many of whom were wearing Tufts lacrosse apparel," according to the op-ed.
A little more than a week later, it was reported that the Tufts Office of Equal Opportunity had hired a lawyer to pursue an "external investigation" after a complaint was filed with their office in the wake of the volleyball game.
In a joint letter to the Daily on Wednesday, Tufts Dean of Students John Barker and Athletic Director Bill Gehling confirmed that the investigation was complete and the punishments handed down.
"Although the specifics of the report remain confidential, as is customary with such reports, we want to let the Tufts community know that the investigation is complete and involved a thorough analysis of the incident," read the letter from Barker and Gehling.
Reached on Thursday, Tufts head men's lacrosse coach Mike Daly gave a brief statement.
"Clearly, this is a regrettable event and situation. I will say that we hold this program and our players to the highest possible standard and it is my job to make sure the reflection of the team on the field is one I and our University is proud of," Daly said. "Our team is moving forward at this point, using this unfortunate and isolated event as a learning and growing experience."
Those members of the lacrosse team who were sanctioned will miss contests against NESCAC foes Hamilton (March 9) and Connecticut College (March 12).