December 4, 2023


Upperclassmen allegedly pressured freshmen to binge drink at a staff occasion, instructing them to vomit into luggage tied round their necks.

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New court docket paperwork submitted by Boston School allege that members of the swimming and diving staff informed freshmen to binge drink, and that some freshmen vomited into luggage they have been instructed to put on round their necks at a staff occasion.

The college’s indefinite suspension of the staff following allegations of hazing is the topic of a listening to in Middlesex Superior Court docket on Tuesday. Thirty-seven members of the staff are suing the college to elevate the suspension, and for undisclosed monetary damages. 

Forward of the listening to, Boston School Athletics Director Blake James and Affiliate Vice President and Dean of College students Corey Kelly submitted affidavits sharing new particulars of the college’s investigation into the alleged hazing. 

In line with the affidavits, Boston School obtained studies of hazing at a collection of swimming and diving staff events over Labor Day weekend, and carried out an preliminary investigation primarily based on interviews with 20 staff members and proof from images, movies, and messages exchanged within the staff’s group chat.

Per James and Kelly’s affidavits, the investigation “confirmed that hazing involving energy dynamics and the extreme consumption of alcohol had occurred” on the Sept. 3 occasion. The directors described college students vomiting into luggage round their necks, and different college students passing out from binge consuming. They additional alleged that underage consuming occurred at two different staff occasions on Sept. 2 and Sept. 4. 

The affidavits didn’t describe staff members instructing freshmen to devour their very own vomit, as was initially alleged in a letter from the Workplace of the Dean of College students to members of the staff. Boston School’s scholar newspaper, the BC Heights, obtained the letter in September following the announcement of the staff’s indefinite suspension.

James’ affidavit additional states that members of the swimming and diving staff have been discovered chargeable for hazing in spring 2022.

The 37 scholar plaintiffs within the lawsuit towards Boston School, 19 feminine and 18 male swimmers and divers representing all 4 undergraduate years, have accused the college of breaching its personal Pupil Code of Conduct, defamation, “intentional infliction of emotional misery,” denial of fundamental equity, and selective enforcement of Title IX in its choice to droop the staff.

The scholars say they’ve been publicly shamed, “stalked” by the media, robbed of their aggressive season, and have suffered reputational harm that might damage their job and graduate college prospects.

They additional allege that by suspending the swimming and diving staff indefinitely, Boston School is treating the co-ed staff in a different way than it will an all-male staff, in violation of Title IX.

In response, Boston School mentioned the choice had “nothing to do with the truth that the staff is co-ed,” and that the college has by no means skilled a comparable incident with an all-male staff.

In an Oct. 17 court docket submitting, the scholars, recognized as Jane and John Does, mentioned the college suspended the staff primarily based solely on the allegation of hazing, with out conducting a full investigation or figuring out that hazing had occurred. 

“That’s improper on each counts,” the college wrote in its Oct. 23 response, including that it plans to interview all 68 swimmers and divers, gather extra proof, and maintain conduct hearings for every of the 53 upperclassmen on the staff.