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KU Cheer Team placed on probation for hazing, other offenses; report alleges initiation involved nudity of cheerleaders

Kansas cheerleaders are hoisted into the air during the spring scrimmage on Sunday, April 15, 2007, at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas cheerleaders are hoisted into the air during the spring scrimmage on Sunday, April 15, 2007, at Memorial Stadium.

May 12, 2018


The University of Kansas’ Cheer Team has been placed on probation for a year because of at least one incident of hazing and action that harmed people, the university has confirmed.

Reportedly, the incident involved female cheerleaders being asked questions and then being told to remove an article of clothing when they answered incorrectly, according to a report in the Kansas State University student newspaper, which was based upon two anonymous sources who were on the team.

The anonymous sources said the incident ultimately ended up with cheerleaders being nude or partially nude and that at least some of the cheerleaders were seen by males who were in the house where the incident allegedly took place.

The Journal-World was not able to independently verify the accusations, which have since become the subject of national media coverage from The New York Post, Deadspin, Yahoo Sports and other outlets. However, the Journal-World did ask a spokesman for Kansas Athletics whether the department had any information that would lead it to believe any of the alleged incidents actually occurred.

Jim Marchiony, an associate athletics director for KU, confirmed an incident had occurred with the cheer team, but said there was very little the department could say about the incident because of privacy concerns.

“Once an incident with our cheer squad (not dancers) was reported, protocols to notify the university were followed immediately,” Marchiony said via email, clarifying that the allegations involve only the cheer team and not the dance team that is also part of the department’s Spirit Squad. “In addition to the steps taken by the University, Kansas Athletics imposed restrictions, additional education and punishment. No form of hazing is acceptable, and we believe this has been dealt with appropriately.”

The university’s latest Organizational Conduct Status Report does list that the KU Cheer Team was put on probation on Sept. 21, 2017 and that it will remain on probation until Sept. 26, 2018. The document lists three violations of the University’s Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: organizational responsibility; harm to persons; and hazing.

The article in The Collegian at Kansas State alleges the incident took place on July 25, 2017. It alleges that six first-year students of the team were victims of the hazing. Two sources came forward to speak for the article, but did so only on the condition of anonymity out of fear of repercussions, the newspaper reported.

The article describes the alleged hazing as part of an initiation led by other members of the team. The article reports that the two women who came forward were dissatisfied with how coaches of the KU Cheer Team handled the incident once they were made aware of it.

Marchiony, in his emailed response, did not answer a question from the Journal-World about whether any coaches had been disciplined as a result of the incident. Marchiony also did not answer a question about whether any team members had been dismissed from the squad.


Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 week, 6 days ago

Why are these people getting the message that hazing is wrong? Get a clue, people.

Scott Callahan 1 week, 6 days ago

I agree, Dorothy. I see nothing wrong with this, whatsoever.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 week, 6 days ago

You don't? Would you like it if it was your daughter doing it?

Bob Summers 1 week, 6 days ago

My daughter is a free spirit.

She can do what ever she wants.

Ken Schmidt 1 week, 5 days ago

Bob, you must have passed her the "liberal gene" you so "liberally" like to label others with....

Joe Norgay 1 week, 5 days ago

Put another feather in Zenger and Girod’s cap of destroying the reputation of our university.

Kurt Kummer 1 week, 5 days ago

I sure hope this story isn't true. If it is, it sure doesn't sound like something that would happen at the KU I was brought up to love. One way or another, this is a very sad story to read.

Joe Baker 1 week, 5 days ago

according to a report in the Kansas State University student newspaper...Really?

Umm...ok, I guess. This whole thing is silly, right or wrong. Dont mean to be dismissive but since when was anything from the barn yard credible?

Also, if this is true why are there not suspensions? KU alumni need to ask why all the bad press. You really think KU is the only school using any hazing?

Naive and ridiculous. Lets dig into other schools and see what we can find. I'm sick of the negative press Ksuck has nasty messes that could be exposed, expose them.

Beverly Stauffer 1 week, 4 days ago

So school rivalry is more important than addressing hazing issues? Would you say the same if the incident involved physical injury instead of "just" nudity? The story is credible because KU has admitted disciplinary action. I'm left wondering how the UDK didn't get hold of it, or if they did, whether they were prevented by the administration from publishing a story about it at the time. Regardless of how the story was brought to light, it's obvious that there was a real problem which the university handled secretly, as it is wont to do.

Steve Hillyer 1 week, 5 days ago

A year or two ago it was racist Snapchat's, now this, sounds like we have a great group of people representing the KU on the cheer team🙄

John Middleton 1 week, 5 days ago

Why are they on probation for playing a game that they wanted to play? If they didn't want to participate they would simply say no and either stop or leave. Or don't KU women have the ability to say "NO" to anything?

Bob Smith 1 week, 5 days ago

Odds are that the people who prompted this game knew it was illegal hazing. They just didn't think they would get caught.

Harlan Hobbs 1 week, 5 days ago

This story appeared on Yahoo news several days ago. Why is it just now being reported in the LJW? Also, the alleged incident happened almost a year ago, and the probation started in September 2017. Would be interesting to know what prompted the story to come out now.

Paul Beyer 1 week, 5 days ago

Easy answer Journal World is on a KU witch hunt. Is it the new ownership from the redneck owners from West Virginia? Who knows? But every story in paper lately is attacking KU leadership, sports program or anything remotely connected to KU. Guess the new owners are too stupid to realize that without KU, Lawrence would resemble average backwoods West Virginia town.

Bob Smith 1 week, 5 days ago

And Paul goes straight to personal insults yet again. He's only one arrow in his quiver.

Sharilyn Wells 1 week, 5 days ago

Perhaps when you have a one horse town that one horse is never questioned about its activities.

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