TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Towson University officials say they've suspended the school's national championship-winning cheerleading team for the academic year for violating the school's hazing policies.
Deb Moriarty, vice president for student affairs, says the school launched an investigation earlier this month after receiving an anonymous tip. Moriarty declined to give details about the allegations.
The sanction means the team, which took first place at the National Cheerleaders Association's collegiate championship in April, won't be able to practice or perform at competitions or university sporting events. The team has until next week to appeal the suspension, which was first reported by campus newspaper The Towerlight.
If the suspension is upheld, Moriarty says the athletic department will work with its fan development program to do what they can to maintain spirit at events.