According to a local Santa Barbara newspaper, the Noozhawk, members of the University of California, Santa Barbara’s swim teams are facing a temporary suspension after a hazing incident earlier this month.
All non-freshman, non-first-year-transfer members of the men’s swim team will be suspended from two competitions this season, while all non-freshman, non-first-year-transfer members of the women’s swim team are suspended from one competition during the 2016-2017 season.
The university received the report of hazing at the beginning of the month, and an investigation from the university’s office of judicial affairs and the athletic department confirmed the reports. The investigation found that excessive alcohol consumption was involved.
All UC- Santa Barbara swimmers will also have to complete a hazing awareness education program. In addition, the swimmers may be further disciplined at the end of the investigation.
“Both the University and the Department of Athletics take this issue extremely seriously,” said the UCSB office of judicial affairs press release, “And we are committed to maintaining a safe environment for our entire campus community.”
It is unclear whether the team will stagger the athletes’ meet suspensions or have the swimmers sit out the same meet(s).