ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – UNM has cancelled the season opener for the women’s soccer team as the hazing investigation continues into what happened at an off-campus party Sunday night.
Tuesday’s practice was also cancelled as the rest of the players were interviewed about what may have happened during initiation rituals during the weekend party.
Two of the freshman players have already decided to leave the university altogether.
“I think it’s really disappointing that hazing happens anywhere, especially here,” said UNM freshman Thomas Schmidt.
“It’s kind of upsetting,” said freshman Abel Trevizo. “I thought we were already past that, you know, all the things we learn in high school against hazing.”
According to a police report, UNM police were dispatched to the dorms just before midnight on Sunday, with a call that a freshman was having trouble breathing and extremely intoxicated. When police arrived, they found four freshman players, who said they’d been part of an “initiation event” with other members of the women’s soccer team.
Two freshmen soccer players were so drunk, they were taken by ambulance to UNM Hospital.
UNM athletes have to abide by NCAA rules which prohibit hazing, but surprisingly, hazing isn’t specifically mentioned anywhere in UNM’S Code of Conduct.
Dean of Students Tomás Aguirre says he wants to implement a clear, campus-wide policy on hazing.
“It’s a stronger statement that the university can make and take as to why this is inappropriate,” Aguirre said. “It’s very dangerous, it’s disrespectful and it’s an abuse of power. It doesn’t really accomplish what people are intending it to accomplish.”
Students News 13 spoke with agree.
“Hazing is really just a serious topic. People have committed suicide, people have hurt themselves over it,” said freshman Aaron McCollum. “It really is just a problem everywhere. I’m really surprised UNM doesn’t have a hazing policy.”
New Mexico is one of only six states that doesn’t have an anti-hazing law on the books, but that does not prevent UNM from having its own policy.