Brown swim team un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter re­ports of haz­ing

Woonsocket Call - - Region/obituaries -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — Brown Univer­sity said it has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged haz­ing on the men's var­sity swim­ming and div­ing team at the Ivy League school, af­ter a probe by its stu­dent news­pa­per.

The Brown Daily Her­ald re­ported that it re­viewed text mes­sages, emails, pho­tos and record­ings of con­ver­sa­tions among team mem­bers, who de­scribed Oct. 7 as a night of "ini­ti­a­tion" or "haz­ing," with heavy drink­ing, van­dal­ism and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

The news­pa­per found that mul­ti­ple first-year mem­bers of the team vom­ited that night and team mem­bers van­dal­ized a statue of the Roman em­peror Mar­cus Aure­lius seated atop a horse by climb­ing on it and smash­ing Smirnoff Ice vodka bot­tles against it. A swim­ming and div­ing cap­tain de­scribed it on an au­dio record­ing as a tra­di­tion of "smash­ing the ' Ices' against the stat­ues."

A photo viewed by the news­pa­per's staff showed new team mem­bers stripped down to un­der­wear or swim suits and pho­tographed in front of the univer­sity's Van Wickle Gates on cam­pus. An­other photo showed one team mem­ber with the name "Oedi­pus" writ­ten on his bare back, along with the draw­ing of a pe­nis. Oedi­pus is a mytho­log­i­cal king who killed his fa­ther and mar­ried his mother.

Brown spokesman Brian Clark said in a writ­ten state­ment that the univer­sity re­ceived a me­dia in­quiry about al­leged haz­ing Nov. 14, which in­cluded few de­tails. He said the univer­sity's Of­fice of Stu­dent Con­duct and Com­mu­nity Stan­dards be­gan look­ing into it, and launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion Nov. 29.

As of Wed­nes­day, he said, no stu­dent had yet ex­pressed con­cerns di­rectly to Brown.

"The univer­sity re­mains deeply troubled by the al­le­ga­tions and con­tin­ues to ac­tively in­ves­ti­gate. Any ac­tiv­ity proven to con­sti­tute haz­ing is a vi­o­la­tion of both Brown's Code of Stu­dent Con­duct and Rhode Is­land state law," Clark said.

Stu­dents found re­spon­si­ble for vi­o­lat­ing the code are sub­ject to univer­sity sanc­tions, he said.

At team meet­ings in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber, cap­tains were cap­tured on au­dio record­ings telling team mem­bers to deny any haz­ing if they were asked about it, and to deny even meet­ing to talk about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

"There's things that are out there that could be dam­ag­ing, it's just about how we spin it right now," one cap­tain was recorded say­ing.

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