Eastern Illinois Latest Program Suspended Due to Hazing Allegations

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Eastern Illinois Latest Program Suspended Due to Hazing Allegations

Eastern Illinois on Thursday became the latest swimming program to suspend itself due to hazing allegations within its men’s team.

The team has been suspended for the fall semester, per a statement by the university. A formal investigation is being conducted by the Office of the Dean of Students.

“The health and wellness of our students is EIU’s topmost priority,” officials said. “For that reason, final decisions on future competition(s) and individual roster eligibility will be determined following the results of the investigation.”

EIU, which competes in the Division I Summit League, is the latest program grappling with hazing allegations. Boston College’s program is the highest profile, having been suspended earlier this month, first for what the university portrayed as confirmed hazing and then for what it walked back as allegations it is investigating.

EIU Athletics has not commented on the matter yet. It’s women’s team is apparently not affected by the suspension. EIU’s Dean of Students account has, perhaps not coincidentally, posted twice his week about hazing and how to stop it.

The statement indicates that the EIU coaching staff was made aware of allegations. Panthers head coach Jonathan Jordan was hired in July 2022.

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