Appeal hearing scheduled for Towson cheerleaders

Entire team suspended for a year; hearing planned Friday

September 04, 2013|By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

The Towson University cheerleading team is scheduled for an appeals hearing Friday after being accused of hazing and suspended from competing.

The national championship-winning team's hearing will be in front of the school's student appeals committee, university spokeswoman Gay Pinder said.

Last month, the entire team was suspended from competing for the school year following the hazing allegations. Officials have not released any details on what the cheerleaders are accused of doing.

Six faculty and staff members and two students serve on the appeals committee, which hears cases regarding student discipline, academic integrity and grades, Pinder said.

The team would be reinstated if the committee overturns the decision to sanction the team, she said. If the committee upholds the sanction, the team could appeal to the president.

Also, the committee could impose a different sanction, which would stand unless the squad appealed to the president, who would make the final decision.

Officials do not expect a decision to be released the day of the hearing, she said.

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