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Letter From Office of the Dean of Students States Intent to Investigate Recent Hazing Allegations

The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to conducting an investigation into the allegations of hazing against Boston College men’s and women’s swimming and diving, according to a letter addressed to a team member. 

BC Athletics announced on Wednesday afternoon that both teams were indefinitely suspended after administrators determined hazing occurred.

According to the letter, which was obtained by The Heights, the Office of the Dean of Students has not yet determined whether or not University policy violations occurred. 

“The statement that was issued by Athletics was pertaining to the Swim and Dive Team’s status with the athletic department, and does not reflect the status of the Student Conduct Process,” the letter reads. “The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to conducting a fair, thorough, and impartial investigation into the allegations and has in no way made any determination about whether or not any policy violations have occurred.”

BC bans any form of hazing, according to the Office of the Dean of Students.

“Hazing activities are generally considered to be physically abusive, hazardous, and/or sexually violating,” the office’s policy reads. “The specific behaviors or activities within these categories vary widely among participants, groups, and settings.”

The letter states that the office understands the swim and dive teams are going through a difficult time and expressed its willingness to offer support. 

“We hope that you can find some clarity in this message and know that we care for you,” the letter reads.

The student-athletes will still have full access to the Margot Connell Recreation Center as a student, as well as all academic and medical resources provided by BC Athletics. The letter directs student athletes to University Counseling Services, Sports Counseling, Dean of Students Student Support Staff, and Campus Ministry for further support.   

September 20, 2023