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Mar192011

Hazing Scandal Rocks Middlebury College Swim Team

Gary Faber/Photodisc(MIDDLEBURY, Vt.) -- Middlebury College has abruptly suspended for the rest of the season all of its female swimming and dive team members except for the freshmen in a tough response to the latest report of hazing on the Vermont college's campus.

Members of the men's swim team received a letter of reprimand and their parents were notified.

The strict response follows a Feb. 2 incident at the college located in rustic Middlebury, Vt.

Little is known about what happened in early February at a swim team party. The event was designed to welcome first-year swimmers onto the team, but the school newspaper the Middlebury Campus reported that the party "crossed the line from innocent initiation to hazing."

This isn't the first time the Middlebury swim teams have faced tough punishment for hazing. In 2006, the men's season was canceled due to a hazing incident that involved alcohol. In 2003, the women's team missed two meets for hazing related offenses.

Middlebury College is located in Vermont, which has a very tough anti-hazing law, but the incident was not reported to police.

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