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Men's Rugby Club at Dalhousie University Suspended over Hazing Complaint

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Men's Rugby Club at Dalhousie University Suspended over Hazing Complaint

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Dalhousie suspends rugby club over hazing

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HALIFAX - A Nova Scotia university that saw its women's hockey team sidelined last year over complaints of heavy drinking and humiliating behaviour has suspended its men's rugby club while it investigates fresh allegations of hazing.

A spokesman with Dalhousie University in Halifax said Tuesday that the school began looking into the matter after receiving a formal complaint from a university employee sometime within the last two weeks.

Brian Leadbetter wouldn't provide any details about the nature of the complaint, who filed it, where the incident occurred or who was involved, but said it was serious enough to warrant a suspension of the team's privileges.

"We do not tolerate behaviour that humiliates, disrespects or threatens anyone in the campus community ... and that's why we're moving ahead with this investigation," he said.

"There will always be isolated incidents of individuals crossing the lines of acceptable behaviour and that is certainly the case from our perspective in terms of the investigation we're moving forward with."

The school quietly posted a statement about the suspension on its website Friday, saying that due to the seriousness of the allegations it had stopped the club's funding and insurance under the Dalhousie Sport Club Handbook.

Leadbetter said that will remain in effect until the completion of the investigation, which could take up to 60 days according to the rules in its hazing policy.

During the investigation, the club will not be permitted to represent Dalhousie University in Rugby Nova Scotia's university league or book space on campus. Players also cannot wear university colours or uniforms.

The funding being held back pending the outcome of the investigation is about $4,000, which is used for team travel and other administrative costs. …

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