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SLU club rugby teams suspended over April hazing incident


CANTON — The St. Lawrence University men's and women's club rugby teams have been suspended for four years following a hazing incident off campus last month, the university's president announced Thursday.

Members of both teams had an "unofficial gathering" April 25 at an off-campus house, resulting in an unidentified student being hospitalized for an alcohol-related condition.

A university investigation found that veteran rugby team members hazed rookie members at the party. Both clubs were suspended through the 2011-12 school year.

Four unidentified students have been suspended from the university "for a specified period of time." SLU officials declined to reveal the disciplinary action taken against the four students.

"Hazing is a serious threat to the well being of individuals in the organization involved, and it contradicts the values we hold as a community," SLU President Daniel F. Sullivan said in a prepared statement. "Hazing will not be tolerated at St. Lawrence University."

The university interviewed 45 rugby players during the investigation, determining hazing had occurred at the party.

A 19-year-old student was taken with alcohol poisoning to Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam the night of the party, Canton police said. The department didn't make any arrests from the incident.

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