Rider University cross-country team suspended over naked run plan

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Friday, October 16, 2015
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LAWRENCE, N.J. -- A New Jersey college suspended its entire men's cross-country team after saying the team's plan to run naked around the school's track was hazing.

Rider University police responded to a report of students at the track on the evening of Sept. 5 and found members of the team preparing to run naked. The school launched an investigation of all 28 members of the men's team.

University spokeswoman Kristine Brown tells NJ.com the investigation found no intent to coerce any of the team members to participate. But Brown says the behavior was unacceptable and considered hazing.

The team's coach canceled practice and the team was suspended from competing in a Rider-hosted meet on Sept. 19.

The coach and athletic director explained to the students why their actions were inappropriate.

Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.