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Towson University Suspends Cheerleading Team Amid Hazing Allegations

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TOWSON, Md. (WJZ/AP) — There are allegations of hazing at Towson University.

Officials say they’ve suspended the school’s national championship-winning cheerleading team for the academic year for violating the school’s hazing policies.

Deb Moriarty, vice president for student affairs, says the school launched an investigation earlier this month after receiving an anonymous tip.

This statement was released from the school:

“Hazing in any form will not be tolerated at Towson University. We hold high expectations for all of our students and their conduct as leaders, both on and off campus. Out of concern for students’ privacy and their rights to due process that includes their right to appeal the suspension, it would be inappropriate for the university to comment further.

The sanction means the team, which took first place at the National Cheerleaders Association’s collegiate championship in April, won’t be able to practice or perform at competitions or university sporting events. The team has until next week to appeal the suspension, which was first reported by campus newspaper The Towerlight.

If the suspension is upheld, Moriarty says the athletic department will work with its fan development program to do what they can to maintain spirit at events.

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