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Dartmouth Women’s Swimming Team Suspended Due To Sexually Provocative PowerPoint Presentations

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Dartmouth College suspended its women’s swimming and diving team for hazing first-year members by instructing them to create sexually-charged PowerPoints, according to a Thursday report.

Dartmouth suspended the team for three meets in the fall of 2017, according to New York Post. The school’s Organizational Adjudication Committee — composed of students, faculty, and administrators — assigned the punitive suspension, as well as some educational sanctions.

“We hold our teams to high standards and our student-athletes understand their collective responsibility to the community,” said Harry Sheehy, Dartmouth’s athletics director, in a release obtained by the Union Leader. “The members of the team have acknowledged that their behavior was unacceptable and that their actions have consequences.”

Notably, Dartmouth’s hazing policy contains no objective definition of the ritual.

“Even when demeaning or embarrassing behaviors do not appear overtly harmful in themselves, as where the participants appear to engage in them willingly, they may constitute hazing if they are part of an organization’s initiation or activities involving members and if they are likely to produce mental or physical discomfort, stress, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule,” reads the policy. “The determination of whether a particular activity constitutes hazing will depend on the circumstances and context in which that activity is occurring.”

The women’s swimming and diving team finished last out of eight teams for the 2016-2017 season. Cornell, the seventh-place team scored 653 points, almost double that of Dartmouth’s 358 points.

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