La Salle’s women’s soccer program has been placed on probation until the end of 2020 after an internal investigation revealed “examples of non-violent, power differential hazing.”
That’s according to a statement released by the university. As a result of the action, restrictions will be implemented on the spring exhibition season and student-athletes in the program will be required to complete an educational workshop and engage in community service activities throughout the forthcoming semester.
A Philadelphia Inquirer report published on Sunday outlined allegations from a first-year player of hazing incidents that included “initiation games” where first-year players had balls kicked at them from all directions.
“While the investigation found no behavior necessitating University disciplinary action against specific individuals, we take very seriously all claims of hazing and other forms of inappropriate behavior,” the university’s statement read. “At La Salle, we adhere to the Lasallian values and promote a campus community of inclusivity, mutual respect, and solidarity. Deviations from these tenets are antithetical to our mission and will not be tolerated.”
The Explorers finished 11-8-1 in 2019 and advanced to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship, losing 1-0 to Saint Louis.