CSC, CPD investigating wrestling team for hazing allegations
Chadron State College and Chadron Police Department are conducting separate investigations into claims of hazing during an initiation rite allegedly conducted last weekend among members of the wrestling team.
In a public statement issued at 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, CSC President Randy Rhine confirmed the college is conducting an independent internal investigation that is running concurrent with the CPD investigation.
In the statement, Rhine said that he was disappointed to report that the college “has been made aware of an off-campus incident last Saturday involving an alleged initiation rite between student-athletes belonging to the wrestling team.”
Details about the alleged incident were not in the release, including when the college’s investigation began, what the specific actions were, who was involved, and what the consequences, if any, might be.
Wrestling Head Coach Brett Hunter decline comment.
“With an ongoing investigation, I can’t say anything,” Hunter said.
Rhine said that he was “not a liberty to discuss” details about the alleged incident.
However, in the release, he said the college condemned the alleged behavior.
“Let me be clear: This type of behavior will not be tolerated at Chadron State College. Appropriate disciplinary action will be imposed on the students involved if they are found to be at fault,” Rhine said in the release.
He also said in the release that “the actions violate team rules, Chadron State College and Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees policies, and potentially Nebraska State Law.”
Rhine said Wednesday afternoon that the situation “obviously involved students,” but declined further comment. In the release, he said that the college is cooperating with police.
Regarding the police department’s investigation, Police Chief Tim Lordino also declined to comment.
“We are investigating the incident and that is all I’m going to say at this point,” Lordino said, adding that he will issue a press release when the investigation is complete.
Ted Tewahade, Title IX Coordinator, did not say if the incident involves Title IX, and deferred all questions to Rhine.
A phone message requesting comment from Athletic Director Joel Smith at 4:05 p.m., Wednesday, went unanswered.