E. Stroudsburg U. field hockey team forfeits amid hazing claims

By Beth Brelje
and Mike Kuhns

Pocono Record
East Stroudsburg University campus police officers reportedly participated in a possible act of hazing that cost the field hockey team a chance to participate in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships.

On the evening of Oct. 4, members of the campus police chased members of the team throughout the campus and into the surrounding neighborhoods, according to information received by the Monroe County District Attorney’s office. The information came in the form of a request for an investigation of a potential violation of Pennsylvania’s anti-hazing law from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

ESU overreacted in field hockey action
No decision has been made as to whether an investigation will be initiated by the Monroe County District Attorney’s office.

The chase is reportedly part of a team tradition that may go back more than two decades.

According to the request from PASSHE, team leadership makes arrangements with the police department to “catch” the field hockey members who are painting rocks near the field hockey field and then pursue them throughout campus.

“My definition of hazing, it’s not hazing,” said Coach Sandy Miller, who is in her 26th season with ESU. She declined further comment.

ESU’s office of university relations mentioned team members but did not specify campus police involvement in a statement released Thursday:

“The East Stroudsburg University women’s field hockey team will not participate in this weekend’s Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31) at Shippensburg due to allegations, currently under investigation by the university, involving team member participation in possible hazing activities.

“The allegations regarding student-athlete participation in hazing are being vigorously investigated by the university. Investigations are also being conducted as to possible staff involvement and the matter has been referred to law enforcement authorities. Disciplinary action, if warranted, will be taken by the university.” Full story.


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