Jim Lord, executive director of a national cheerleading group, has never heard of an entire cheerleading team being suspended at once. But that’s what happened last week at Towson University.
After an investigation into allegations of hazing — the school won’t say what exactly is alleged to have occurred or how many were involved — the entire squad of more than 30 cheerleaders has been banned from competing, cheering at games, or participating in “any Towson University related activities” for a year.
Now the cheerleaders are appealing the suspension to a committee of six faculty members and two students. If the suspension is upheld, the team may appeal to the president.
Assuming the allegations (whatever they are exactly) are true, making your championship team virtually taboo for an entire academic year certainly sends a strong message about your attitude toward hazing. We’ll see whether the appeals committee feels as strongly as the administration.