Login to Claremont COURIER

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's track and field team remains suspended

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s track and field team remains suspended in the wake of an alleged naked hazing incident at the Rains Center on Saturday.

The women’s team, however, was permitted to resume team activities despite also participating in separate unsanctioned activities the same night, according to a release from CMS Director of Athletics Terry Tumey that was first obtained by The Student Life.

Mr. Tumey noted the men’s team participated in “unsanctioned team activities” that were alleged to be in violation of the CMS code of conduct and its hazing policy.

According to the Claremont Police Department logs from that evening, six students, who were allegedly “running nude,” broke into the Rains Center on the 200 block of west Sixth Street and stole a picture from a wall, allegedly holding down another student who tried to intervene.

Claremont Police Lt. Jason Walters did not provide further details on the incident, pending additional investigation. All track and field activities were suspended on Monday as the investigation continued.

In the release, Mr. Tumey noted that activities were suspended to allow CMS and the deans of students at Harvey Mudd College, Scripps College and Claremont McKenna College to “review the scope and nature” of the students’ behavior and potential policy violations.

Based on the facts gathered during that process, the women’s team was allowed to continue activities.

“The team has expressed a deep commitment to working with the Colleges’ leadership teams to improve campus-wide behaviors associated with membership on athletic teams, clubs, and other student organizations across The Claremont Colleges,” Mr. Tumey wrote.

The temporary cancellation of all team activities remains in place for the men’s team as the investigation continues, he wrote.

“CMS Athletics may impose sanctions on individual team members found responsible for violations of policy. Any sanctions imposed by CMS are independent of potential disciplinary and/or educational consequences that could result from the colleges’ respective conduct processes,” Mr. Tumey wrote. “These conduct reviews remain in progress.”

Matthew Bramlett

news@claremont-courier.com