Both sides mum after Dalhousie women's hockey team meets university president
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, January 14, 2013 4:40PM EST
HALIFAX -- Both sides wouldn't discuss details of a meeting Monday in Halifax between suspended members of the women's hockey team at Dalhousie University and the school's president.
Team members wanted to meet with Tom Traves to talk about recent player suspensions that ended their season following an alleged hazing incident.
University spokesman Charles Crosby says Traves agreed to the meeting as a courtesy and listened to some of the team's concerns, but he wouldn't say whether the team asked for reinstatement.
"Nothing new was raised at the meeting so we don't know that there's anything particularly different now," said Crosby. "There was no official agenda for the meeting."
The senior players were suspended Jan. 3 after an internal investigation of an alleged incident last September.
The players have accused the university of overreacting and have said they will consider legal action if their appeal to the president fails.
Members of the team couldn't be reached for comment.
The team issued a statement last Thursday saying it had held a party at a private house to welcome the new members.
The statement said the rookies were dressed up in "odd clothing" and were asked to eat sardines, hot peppers and whipped cream. It said although there were drinking games, no one was forced to drink alcohol, nor were they forced to participate in any of the activities.
The team apologized for any mistakes made during the party, but it was critical of the way the university handled its investigation, alleging the school was aggressive and unfairly interrogated players.
Last week Crosby said the statement left out a number of details, but he refused to elaborate citing privacy concerns.
He did say the alleged incident involved excessive drinking, intimidation and humiliation.
The school's investigation began after a parent approached the team's coach with concerns over the treatment of new players.
Dalhousie University has a zero-tolerance policy on initiation rituals or hazing.