Connecticut College has suspended its entire men’s hockey team and will forfeit its next three games because of violations of the college’s honor code.
According to a college news release, the violations were reported by Camels coach Doug Roberts, and sanctions were handed down following internal judicial review. The release did not specify the nature of the violations.
Connecticut College is next scheduled to play Jan. 5 at Hamilton. That game, plus the game on Jan. 6 at Skidmore and Jan. 9 at Salve Regina will be forfeited. Members of the ice hockey team will be permitted to resume practice beginning Jan. 8 and will resume competition Jan. 12 at home against Salem State.
In addition, some members of the team were suspended for the remainder of the season. Those players were not revealed.
“Connecticut College takes its honor code very seriously,” said Frances Hoffman, Dean of the College. “It is a part of character-building education in which we hope to inspire students to feel a moral imperative to act responsibly and ethically. Students at Connecticut College understand that if they violate the code, there will be consequences.”
Though remaining unspecific, according to Roberts, the violations of the school’s code followed a recent game and “included inappropriate behavior.”
“The college received reports of possible violations of college policies and improprieties by some members of the men’s hockey team early last week,” said athletic director Ken McBryde. “We began immediately a full, internal review of these alleged improprieties and suspended practice until the review had concluded and recommendations were made. We are confident that we have made the appropriate decision.”
McBryde said members of the team were assembled December 15 and asked to submit individual, written statements describing their views of the situation. The statements were reviewed, further discussions were held and the sanctions were rendered.