University of Denver Suspends 38 Swimmers & Divers for Attending “Large Party”

The University of Denver has suspended 38 members of the men’s and women’s swimming & diving team for attending a “large off-campus party,” according to a letter sent to the student body and other stakeholders.

The announcement comes 5 days after the school upgraded its alert level on campus.

As a result of the violations, the 38 athletes are suspended from participating in team activities through the rest of the fall quarter after attending the party in violation of local and state health restrictions as well as university policies that limit gatherings to 10 people, with all participants required to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing. The fall quarter runs through November 20.

They will also have to go through the “Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) process for disciplinary action, which may include interim academic suspension for the fall quarter pending the outcome of the SRR process.”

All 38 student-athletes will also have to undergo new coronavirus tests and will have their movement restricted until those tests are received.

“We understand that what we are asking all of our students to do — to change how they socialize and connect with their peers — is difficult,” the letter, signed by chancellor Jeremy Haefner and athletics chancellor Karlton Creech. “The realities of the COVID-19 pandemic are putting significant pressure on all of us. We also believe our students can rise to this challenge the way generations of young people have risen in the past to the unique challenges of their own time. Indeed, we are proud that the vast majority of our students are meeting this challenge by following the protocols and still having a meaningful social experience in a face-to-face manner.”

The school has not released names of those who have been suspended. The team has 26 male and 28 female swimmers listed on their 2020-2021 roster, though it’s not clear how many of those are on campus.

The school has recorded 3 previous outbreaks of coronavirus: one in a residence hall, one within the school’s gymnastics team, and one within the school’s athletics center.

The Denver Pioneers say that the start of their 2020-2021 swimming & diving season has been delayed until January of 2021.

Last season, the Denver men and women swept the Summit League titles in Division I for the 7th-straight year. The two programs have combined to win 152 of the last 154 event titles in the Summit League. The two exceptions were the 2020 men’s 100 IM, in which the Pioneers didn’t have an entry, and a disqualified relay in 2019.

Last season, Denver qualified 3 swimmers individually for the men’s NCAA Championship meet, which was ultimately canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic: Cameron Auchinachie, Sid Farber, and Adriel Sanes. All 3 were juniors.

The school was also qualified to swim 4 relays at the NCAA Championships.

The Colorado Department of Public Health distributed a report this week that says there are 39 active COVID-19 outbreaks in the state associated with schools, including 1,503 confirmed student cases at the University of Colorado Boulder.

So far, only 15 students have tested positive at the University of Denver.

Nationally, cases have begun to rise again after hitting a peak in early September, with 44,000 new cases reported on Tuesday. Much of this rise is attributed to the reopening of schools, where because of their age, students are generally at lower risk for, but not immune from, severe complications from COVID-19.

Colorado hit a new record high of 761 new confirmed cases in one day last week, and has seen a 50% increase in new daily cases over the last 2 weeks. Deaths continue to decrease in the state, however.

Multiple colleges have suspended, or even expelled, students for violations of coronavirus rules. Most recently, Purdue this week suspended 13 student-athletes for an on-campus party, though the school did not identify which teams those student-athletes were members of.

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The michael phelps caterpillar
24 days ago

They’re just trying to create herd immunity. I forced my age group swimmers to be exposed so they would just get over it. Now we have been practicing 12 times a week for the last 4.5 months. Nothing builds character like a little ‘rona!

Swimmer123
Reply to  The michael phelps caterpillar
24 days ago

I heard that everyone on the team got re-tested and they are all NEGATIVE.

Guerra
Reply to  The michael phelps caterpillar
24 days ago

I love it! That’s what the great teams are doing in sports right now. Herd immunity is a great thing!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Guerra
24 days ago

Worked well for LSU football. lol

Free Thinker
Reply to  Guerra
24 days ago

“Will you shut up, man?!” J.Biden

Yabo
Reply to  The michael phelps caterpillar
24 days ago

I hope to god this is sarcasm

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Yabo
24 days ago

The fact that we even have to consider whether it is or not shows how Brietbart/Fox/Q some of the commenters have become.

Hiswimcoach
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
24 days ago

Keep enjoying your tinfoil hat Russian conspiracy theories on MSNBC. Your news is as fake as anyone else’s.

Swummer
Reply to  The michael phelps caterpillar
24 days ago

Great idea. For the overall population all you’d need to achieve herd immunity would be for 60 percent of the population to catch the virus. Sure, a couple million people in the U.S. would die, and who knows how many old people related to the exposed younger ones would get very sick. We’re also learning now that people can get COVID-19 multiple times, and that immunity can last just a few months, if that. But hey, the weakest should get dropped from the herd, amirite?

Kathy Matlock
Reply to  Swummer
24 days ago

So how long do we stay isolated? Forever ??

Swimmer
24 days ago

Wow! That’s more than half the team…

Last edited 24 days ago by Swimmer
SCCOACH
24 days ago

Who snitched?

DST
Reply to  SCCOACH
24 days ago

If I had to guess, probably a neighbor lol

Viable news source
Reply to  DST
24 days ago

How bout a teammate? That was it

SwimFan49
Reply to  Viable news source
24 days ago

Given the fact that the gathering was also a violation of local state/city restrictions, very likely that a neighbor called police, or even that police noticed themselves.

SwimFan49
Reply to  SwimFan49
24 days ago

Sorry, Viable, misread your post the first time.

So, was this a swim team only/mostly gathering, or a much larger gathering that included these 38?

Last edited 24 days ago by SwimFan49
Alegaleye
Reply to  SwimFan49
24 days ago

Yes, swim team ONLY with only those 38 ( and they weren’t all there at one time)

Alegaleye
Reply to  SwimFan49
24 days ago

No neighbor, a teammate.

Swimmer
Reply to  SCCOACH
24 days ago

Apparently it was Senior girls on the team. They called the cops too. Complete idiots of teammates if you ask me. The cops before confrontation? We all make dumb decisions in college.

SwimFan49
Reply to  Swimmer
24 days ago

Was it a swim team only party, if you know?

Trust
Reply to  SwimFan49
24 days ago

I’ve heard it was only swimmers and outside. Only 38 people were present, the 38 suspended

Last edited 24 days ago by Trust
Kathy Matlock
Reply to  Trust
24 days ago

Aren’t they all swimming together now anyway ?

Trust
Reply to  Kathy Matlock
24 days ago

They’ve been swimming together and lifting together since the beginning of August. Most of them also live together.

Swimmer123
Reply to  SwimFan49
24 days ago

I also heard that everyone was re-tested and they all came back NEGATIVE.

SWIMMER237
Reply to  SwimFan49
24 days ago

I have a very close source that says that it was “swim team only gathering”.

Alegaleye
Reply to  SwimFan49
24 days ago

It was a swim team only party, these kids have been training together since August 1st.they swim together, workout together ,eat together and most of them live together. They stay within the swim bubble, it was an outdoor bbq, playing games & watching the Denver Nuggets. The cops weren’t called, there were no arrest , and to my knowledge all 38 kids tested have tested negative, they got a lucky lesson. They are good kids with high GPA’s, they don’t deserve to be kicked out of school for this, that would be mentally cruel, because they haven’t been through enough already, getting their season taken away as an athlete that’s devastating (mentally & physically). DU kids held a protest on… Read more »

swimfan210_
Reply to  Alegaleye
24 days ago

Love the comment section, it’s providing a lot of good information.

SwimFan49
Reply to  SwimFan49
24 days ago

Thanks for all of your replies. To me, the fact that it was a team only “party” (and outside, at that) matters for the reasons spelled out. Doesn’t sound like they all flocked to a kegger jammed in a frat house. Penalty of being suspended for rest of term seems unduly harsh.

Walter
Reply to  SwimFan49
24 days ago

If the rules say that you have a gathering of >x people and the punishment for doing so is potentially being kicked out of school, and then you have a gathering of >x people, it seems pretty clear what the consequences might be. There are choices to make and consequences to accept.

SwimFan49
Reply to  Walter
24 days ago

Yeah, sure, thanks for the rules refresher. Doesn’t seem a little uneven to you that these athletes are with each other for several hours/day, but then they gather again (outside) away from campus and it’s kicked off the team for 2 months?

Entgegen
Reply to  Swimmer
24 days ago

It only takes one instance for COVID to send them all home. Cops maybe a little much but confrontation would be too late, especially if their teammates had planned on all going to this party.

If you’re on a team, realize your actions affect more than yourself.

Last edited 24 days ago by Entgegen
Person
Reply to  Entgegen
24 days ago

Actions such as snitching on your 38 teammates? I can see how that affects far more than just those who decided to handle this irrationally as well

Curious
Reply to  Entgegen
24 days ago

But DU says it’s ok for students & faculty to protest with 100s of students but 38 kids on the same team can’t have a backyard party.

https://kdvr.com/news/students-protest-against-dus-pioneer-logo/

alsoaswimmer
Reply to  Swimmer
24 days ago

Swimmer, from what I heard, there were multiple conversations with captains and teammates prior. Clearly the message was not getting across.

SwimFan49
Reply to  alsoaswimmer
24 days ago

So, there are obviously some team members and/or parents of team members posting here …. is what alsoaswimmer posted above true? Were captains and team members warned not to plan off campus team gatherings? If so, was the potential for discipline of this magnitude made clear?

alsoaswimmer
Reply to  SwimFan49
24 days ago

SwimFan49, it could not have been made clearer to them. Multiple meetings were had and conversations. Don’t know how much clearer it could have been made. The rules and repercussions were extremely clear and discussed at length.

SwimFan49
Reply to  alsoaswimmer
24 days ago

Thanks. So, their logic (an oxymoron perhaps) was “screw the rules, let’s party!” Did they somehow think this was an exception, or just a case of college kids making dumb decisions?

Trust
Reply to  SwimFan49
24 days ago

It was never their attention. It had been made clear to the team that they were allowed to have team gatherings outside of practice. Many of them thought it was smarter and safer to gather with teammates than to go somewhere else. It was bad a bad decision but none of them thought they were breaking the rules.

Blue Maverick
Reply to  SwimFan49
22 days ago

Let me chime in and correct what alsoaswimmer said, SwimFan49 and whoever else reads this. The coaches had meetings with the team that they should not be having PARTIES, not gatherings. The coaches were perfectly ok with the team having a team sanctioned hiking trip that the coaches also participated in. The team went on a camping trip that the coaches knew about and found it great that the team was still able to bond and do activities together. What is the difference between the swim team, 50+ athletes, being inside a building in the pool or out on the deck with little distance between them? They are not wearing masks and share the same blocks when diving off of… Read more »

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  SCCOACH
24 days ago

Someone who had a functioning brain.

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