Georgetown track team under fire for hazing, racial bias

Georgetown University is currently conducting two separate investigations into its track and field team regarding both hazing and racial bias. The school confirmed the story to Liz Clarke of The Washington Post.

Clarke also reported that Georgetown is investigating alleged sexual harassment regarding the track and field team.

The men’s team is currently under fire due to a video surfacing in April regarding the “Hoya Snaxa Awards,” for which members of the team earn “points” for committing various sexual or lewd acts. The video was blocked from the school’s servers immediately and the investigation began. Georgetown issued a statement on the investigation Friday.

“Although not every student engaged in misconduct,” reads a statement issued by Georgetown on Friday, “the reported behavior is deeply concerning, inconsistent with the values of the university and does not meet the expectations Georgetown has set for members of its community and for its student-athletes.”

The second investigation concerns alleged racial bias as a female student athlete, Stefanie Kurgatt, alleges that the coaching staff more or less intentionally made she and other athletes, all minorities, feel uncomfortable enough to up and quit. Kurgatt also claims that in one year, five Hoyas track athletes, all minorities, either were dropped from or left the team.

Georgetown told Clarke that both investigations should conclude “in the coming weeks.”

Campus Sports will update this story as more information becomes public.

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