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Men’s track suspended three meets for naked hazing

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s track and field team has been barred from competing in three meets after an alleged naked hazing incident two weeks ago.

In a release circulated on Monday, CMS Director of Athletics Terry Tumey also noted that some members of the women’s team would be barred from competing in one meet this year. Mr. Tumey said while the men’s team has been prohibited from participating in the first three meets of the season, they could resume practicing.

But Mr. Tumey alluded that individual students may face further disciplinary actions in the future as investigations unfold. 

“Although both teams will resume practices and meetings with coaches, conduct processes by our respective colleges continue and may result in disciplinary and educational sanctions for individuals as warranted,” Mr. Tumey wrote.

According to Claremont Police Department logs, six apparently naked students barged into the Rains Center about 9:15 p.m. on February 3 and took a photo from a wall. A student who tried to stop the incident from happening was reportedly “held down” by some of the students, according to the logs.

Both men’s and women’s teams were initially suspended from all activities as news of the incident first broke in The Student Life. After a meeting on Thursday, February 8, the women’s team was allowed to practice while the men’s team was still suspended.

Mr. Tumey did not go into specifics about the incident in his email, but noted the men’s and women’s track teams, “reportedly violated the CMS student-athlete code of conduct, the CMS hazing policy, and the respective codes of conduct at Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd and Scripps Colleges.”

“We will work with both teams to renew a collective commitment to CMS Athletics’ core values both during and well beyond this period of reflection,” Mr. Tumey wrote.

—Matthew Bramlett

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