KINGS POINT, N.Y. — The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy has canceled the fall season of its men’s soccer team due to an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and hazing.
Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/2u1zONz ) Rear Admiral James Helis, the academy’s superintendent, notified the NCAA that it would not participate in the 2017 NCAA men’s soccer season.
Helis suspended the team in June amid a probe by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General, the academy’s overseer.
Seven suspended men’s soccer players face campus disciplinary hearings. Prosecutors say they were sexually abusive toward a freshman player on the team bus last September.
The students sued after being barred from graduating. A judge let them participate in June graduation ceremonies but withheld their diplomas, for now.
The student’s lawyers have denied the allegations.
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com