Dartmouth Women’s Team Put on Probation, 3 Meets Cancelled

The Dartmouth women’s swim team has been put on institutional probation after violating the college’s hazing policy, the school announced on Monday. The team admitted to the violations and the probation was enacted after “an extensive series of interviews conducted by the Department of Safety and Security and senior staff in the Department of Athletics and Recreation.”

The school says that the matter was not pursued as a criminal violation, that no team members were found to have been physically harmed, and that no drugs or alcohol were involved. The specific action that caused the violation was when first-year team members were told to create and present a sexualized PowerPoint presentation for their teammates during their December 2016 winter break training trip.

As part of their probation, the team will have to participate in educational and team development activities. Further, while the team will be able to train during the fall, their first 3 meets of the season have been cancelled, and they will be allowed to resume competition on December 1. Their winter training trip has also been cancelled.

“We hold our teams to high standards and our student-athletes understand their collective responsibility to the community,” says Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy. “The members of the team have acknowledged that their behavior was unacceptable and that their actions have consequences.”

Organizational Adjudication Committee (OAC) hearing panels, who imposed the probation and educational and team development requirements, are composed of two faculty members, two administrators, and three students. The athletics sanctions, which include the cancellation of meets and the winter training trip, while informed by the OAC outcome, are independent of the OAC process.

In the 2016-2017 season, which was Jamie Holder‘s first as head coach of Dartmouth, the women’s team finished in last place among 8 teams. They scored 358 points, which put them 295 points behind 7th-place Cornell. They are the second Ivy League team to have a portion of their season cancelled for conduct violations in the last year: Princeton suspended its men’s team midway through the 2016-2017 season, which included them not participating in the Ivy League Championships.

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Wow, this penalty seems harsh for the given scenario


Depends on how their fall training is affected, IMO. The current wording of the article is weird. Says they will be allowed to train in the fall, but also that their training can resume December 1? Or is that supposed to say their meet schedule resumes December 1? If they’re able to train in the fall… Eh. Miss a couple meets and lose their training trip. Not a huge deal. No one is losing scholarships or being expelled over this. If they actually can’t start practices til December, then I agree that it’s harsh. Of course, this is all with no knowledge of what “sexualized PowerPoint” means in this situation (two words I’d never have put together on my own).… Read more »

crooked donald

Considering we elected a president who said “grab them by the….”, yeah, a bit harsh.




Glad to see you voted for him. Thank you for your vote.


Unfortunately I am Russian, so I can’t vote. ?

Capt America

Hazing is…hazing! There is no measurement…if it’s not construction movement to being better in your sport it serves no purpose and has no place.


Very good I am glad to see other colleges follow the lead of PU. These Dartmouthittes have no business acting like college girls! If only more institutions would hold their student-athletes, and the general student population accountable for collegiate-like activities we might have more young people to send to Afghanistan!!!!


No surprise here. Has everyone so quickly forgotten the Mar 2012 Rolling Stone article? It’s clearly the culture of the place, with no lessons learned.


Based on the made up Rolling Story of the UVA fraternity, I would not rely on Rolling Stone as a source of credible information.


I don’t really think Rolling Stone is the paragon of accurate journalistic reporting.

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