The University of Delaware men’s rugby team’s appeal of their suspension has been denied. An appellate board voted to uphold the original suspension, which sees the team sidelined until 2018.
Multiple attempts by RUGBYMag to talk to decision makers in the suspension process were forwarded the university’s director of media and public relations, who said, “The University is not commenting about the specifics of the case.”
The UDaily report of the appellate board’s decision indicated the most damning proof of a connection between the party which turned into a PR nightmare for the school and the rugby team were social media posts.
“During the course of its investigation, the Office of Student Conduct determined that the events of Sept. 9 began at a party hosted at 402 South College Ave., which is also known as the Rugby House,” the UDaily report reads.
The UDaily does not provide backup evidence as to how the house is known as the Rugby House (capitals theirs).
“That party included acts that endangered safety and were disruptive to the community, and alcohol was served during a period when alcohol may not be served at any club function. The office also found that the event was credited as a Rugby Club party by numerous team members on social media and that members acted insufficiently to prevent the violations of the Code of Conduct.”
The reports also said that according to university policy, “if any individual or club is found ‘responsible’ for misconduct by the Office of Student Conduct, that individual and/or group may be suspended from all club sport activity.”