St. Olaf cancels remainder of baseball season over hazing incident

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Hazing has become a topic of national conversation and now it appears to have cost a Minnesota college the remainder of its baseball season.

St. Olaf College announced Friday it's canceling the remainder of the 2015 baseball season following an investigation of hazing by members of the team.

According to FOX 9, the school conducted an investigation and its independent counsel discovered "serious violations" of St. Olaf's hazing policy had occurred both on and off campus in late February.

St. Olaf President David R. Anderson sent a campus wide email about the incident.

"Hazing has no place at St. Olaf. Any form of hazing is reprehensible and inconsistent with our core values as an institution. Therefore, in the weeks and months ahead we will redouble our efforts to communicate the standards and values that should properly guide our co-curricular programs."

The Pioneer Press reports the investigation found conduct that constitutes ridicule, harassment and public displays of servitude under the school's hazing policy. Incidents of underage drinking were also reportedly involved.

The Northfield school also notes that violations were "compounded by an orchestrated attempt to deceive college officials and the outside investigator and prevent them from learning what had happened."

The decision comes just before the start of the MIAC baseball season, which was scheduled to begin on Saturday. Conference Executive Director Dan McKane issued a statement following the news.

"The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is saddened by the events that led to the cancellation of the St. Olaf College baseball season, but commends the institution's administration for its swift and decisive action. One of the MIAC's core values is 'student-athlete well being,' and our conference is committed to providing a safe and positive collegiate athletic experience."

McKane said the conference plans to proceed with its season with 10 teams instead of 11.

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