BC Swimming and Diving Team Suspension Extended for Spring Semester

Boston College has extended the suspension of its Swimming and Diving program through August of 2024, in light of a September hazing incident, recurring issues with the program, and a team culture that conflicts with University expectations of its student-athletes, according to William V. Campbell Director of Athletics Blake James.

In a January 4 letter to the team, James said the extended program suspension followed sanctions that were issued to a number of team members last month, including University suspension for the spring semester and University probation, and that the decision was based on an extensive investigation, involving interviews with student-athletes, coaches, and staff.

“Given the hazing violations and recurring issues with the program and its culture in recent years, the University has decided to extend the suspension of the Swimming and Diving program until August 2024, including team practices and activities, competition, and all instruction with coaches,” the letter stated. “In addition, the Athletics Department will require Swimming and Diving student-athletes to participate in a hazing education program determined by the University.”

James said that he hopes these measures will enable the program to move forward in the 2024-2025 academic year.

“My hope is that the program will learn from this experience and commit itself to ensuring appropriate behavior, meeting University expectations, and creating a positive team culture that will position the program for success in the future.”