Feb 14, 2016 9:33 AM

Franklin Pierce University suspends hockey season over hazing claims

RINDGE — Officials at Franklin Pierce University say they are suspending the rest of the men's hockey season over hazing allegations.

No one suffered injuries as a result of the reported hazing, and it was limited to the men’s hockey team, the college's communications manager, David Deluliis, told the Keene Sentinel.

The decision affects the three remaining games of the season.

Franklin Pierce University President Andrew Card said in a statement that he is saddened by the hazing incident, and it “is not who we are.”

Deluliis said that senior staff was made aware of the incident and reported it to law enforcement on Feb. 4.

Rindge police have since indicated they would not proceed with a criminal investigation and left the college to conduct its own investigation, Deluliis said. That investigation is underway.

Julie P. Ruppert, commissioner of the Northeast-10 conference, praised the college for responding quickly to the situation and supported its decision to cancel the last three games.

“At this point, the conference wouldn’t be further involved in any sanctions,” she said.

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