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York College disciplines wrestlers, lifts team suspension

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

York College has lifted a suspension placed on its wrestling team amid allegations of hazing and has taken disciplinary actions against some team members.

In a statement issued Friday, Assistant Dean Mary Dolheimer said students who were accused of violating college rules, including its anti-hazing policy, appeared before an administrative judicial board this week and were informed of disciplinary sanctions that range from official warning up to and including expulsion from York College.

The statement did not indicate how many students were disciplined and how many were expelled.

The wrestling program was suspended Oct. 30 after some members of the wrestling team were subjected to initiation rites from their teammates.

"We had clear evidence of violations that were part of an organized hazing practice," Dean of Student Affairs Joseph Merkle said. "Based on that, we decided to act and to act swiftly. We are very disappointed in such behavior, and we believe our actions send a clear message to all of our York College students that this type of behavior has not and will never be tolerated."

In the statement, York College President Pamela Gunter-Smith apologized to students who were hazed, and to those who were innocent of any indiscretion.

The wrestling program has been placed on disciplinary probation for the remainder of the academic year, and members of the wrestling program will be required to perform community service.

Each student-athlete participating in the program will also have his athletic eligibility determined by the Department of Athletics and Recreation, according to the statement.

"Wrestling has a rich heritage and tradition at York College, and it is unfortunate that some of our student-athletes have made inappropriate choices," Athletic Director Paul Saikia said in the statement. "I would like to commend Coach Duane Bastress and his staff for taking appropriate action. Our goal now is to ensure the wrestling program appropriately addresses these violations and is prepared to move forward."


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