Police Investigate Allegations of Women’s Rugby Team Hazing at Vermont University

Police Investigate Allegations of Women’s Rugby Team Hazing at Vermont University

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Police in Vermont are investigating allegations of hazing involving the women’s rugby team at Norwich University, authorities said.

Multiple law enforcement agencies went to a residence hall at the private military school in Northfield last Friday to collect evidence, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus reported.

Northfield police Chief John Helfant confirmed via email that the police activity was connected to the investigation into allegations of hazing involving “branding and waterboarding of and by NU students.”

Northfield Officer Karie Tucker said in an affidavit that she went to the school on March 20 for a report of someone being held at knifepoint. Tucker said she spoke to the woman two days later and that person reported that she had been “branded” using pliers and a lighter by other members of the rugby team.

The victim said she was too intoxicated to say no and would not have agreed to be branded had she been sober.

After getting permission, Tucker looked at the victim’s cellphone and saw what she described as a video of another woman with a washcloth, or something similar, held over her face while a third woman poured liquid onto the cloth, something Tucker described as “waterboarding,” according to court records.

Helfant said the investigation is ongoing.

The chief also said university officials denied access to students in their dorm rooms and would only allow police to talk to students in a conference room.

A spokesperson for the university said the school is cooperating with law enforcement.

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