EKU’s Rugby Team Suspended During Hazing Investigation

Eastern Kentucky University officials have suspended the school’s club rugby team following hazing allegations.

Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Mike Reagle says the suspension means more than not playing games. The student-run team cannot meet, practice, have parties or do anything together as a group. Reagle said the prohibition is for the safety of team members.

The suspension came on Tuesday after officials received reports of hazing, the details of which have not been publicly disclosed. It will remain in effect while officials investigate the allegations.

Reagle says the investigation could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

“At that point it’s kind of open-ended as to how long it takes simply because depending on what those students tell them (and) how many other students they’ll need to follow up with to see what those students know…it’s always kind of an open-ended process until they feel they have gotten all the way to the bottom or the way to the truth so they can make a decision,” he said.

Reagle says a three-person investigative committee will begin interviewing students next week.

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