SUNY Geneseo Cancels Volleyball Season Following Hazing Case

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SUNY Geneseo has canceled the remainder of its women's volleyball season, college officials announced Friday afternoon.

The team's season has been suspended and 11 current or former members, including three from Western New York, have been charged with first-degree hazing and first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child for allegedly providing alcohol to underage students at an off-campus party Sept. 2 that involved all but one member of the team.

Those charged include: Alysia A. Negron, 20, of Buffalo; Alexandra Wende, 20, of Williamsville; Julia Ganglof, 20, of Lancaster; Laura Galvin, 21, of Baldwinsville;  Noelle Morrison, 20, of Stoneybrook; Sarah Dewey, 19, of Cooperstown; Carissa Gagliardi, 19, of Wantagh; Megan Johnson, 19, of Moriches; Laura Rahab, 21, of East Northport; Courtney Long, 20, of Rochester; and Megan Reed, 21, of Horseheads. They are scheduled to return to court at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9.

The team will not participate in any practices or games. 

Six freshman volleyball players said they were handcuffed, blindfolded and fed large quantities of vodka during an "initiation party." 

One of the players, an 18-year-old from Rochester, said she chipped her tooth when she fell at the party and was left by her teammates to collapse outside from intoxication. She later had to have her stomach pumped after her blood alcohol level reached .26, more than three times the legal limit.   

"We are grateful that all of our students are safe," SUNY Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl said in a statement posted on the school's website. "Given what I have learned about these allegations, I strongly condemn the irresponsible behavior these students allegedly engaged in and will not tolerate it from of our students.   

Unfortunately, it's a problem that much too often permeates the higher education community. Not only do such actions ignore the expectations and values of the college but they put lives at risk. We have firmly and frequently educated all students on our campus regarding College policies on hazing and alcohol consumption for many years and will continue to do so in the most aggressive ways possible." 

The statement also said the students involved will be subject to a college review and could be subject to further review. 

Geneseo has both a student code of conduct and an intercollegiate athletics code of conduct. According to the school website, the athlete code of conduct states: 

"As student-athletes at Geneseo...we will display respect for teammates ... and ourselves at all times. We recognize that as student-athletes, we are often in situations where we receive greater scrutiny from fellow students and the extended community. In order to set an example for others to follow, we accept the challenge to hold ourselves to a higher standard both in and out of the classroom and on and off the playing field....Being cognizant of our status as student-athletes, we accept the fact that there may be consequences for any actions that do not comply with the standards set forth... "

The code lists behavior as a separate standard. Stating the following: 

"Behavior ... such as abuse of alcohol/illegal drugs, gambling, fighting, and the general partaking in any illegal activities that result in the embarrassment of myself, my team, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation or the college could result in immediate dismissal from our program."

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

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