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Male and female hazing in Canton (NY) dooms club rugby

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CANTON, N.Y. – St. Lawrence University is suspending club rugby for four years in the aftermath of an off-campus gathering that school officials say included hazing.

Vice President and Dean of Student Life Joseph Tolliver says the incident April 25 involved members of both the men’s and women’s teams, with veteran members of the clubs hazing rookies. One student was briefly hospitalized with alcohol poisoning.

Four students also received disciplinary suspensions immediately. University spokeswoman Macreena Doyle says that because of confidentiality laws, the school cannot give out any specific details about their punishment.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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