Franklin & Marshall College fired its women's lacrosse coach and suspended upperclassmen players following a complaint over a hazing incident last year, school officials said.
Vice president of communications Cass Cliatt said Wednesday the school fired head coach Lauren Paul on Tuesday and suspended the players after confirming details of the hazing.
"Coaches at F&M are educators," Cliatt said. "F&M expects all coaches to be responsible for maintaining a supportive environment and an atmosphere of trust consistent with the educational goals of the institution, and to serve as guardians over the health and well-being of their players."
A phone listing for Paul could not immediately be located.
Cliatt would not release details of the alleged hazing or the names of the players suspended, citing privacy rules. The suspended players remain enrolled at the school. The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reported 11 players are no longer listed on the roster, including eight of nine seniors and seven of the team's top 10 scorers.
Cliatt said the hazing was reported anonymously to Lancaster police in February and that school officials also received reports. After preliminary inquiries, a formal investigation began April 10, according to a letter sent to the college community by Dean Kent Trachte.
Lancaster police said there is no criminal investigation.
Paul, a 2003 F&M grad, led the Diplomats to the 2009 Division III national championship in her first season as coach. The team made it to the semifinals the following year and the quarterfinals last season.
The school's field hockey coach is taking over as interim coach and the team will finish the season, school officials said.
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