Bucknell sanctions its men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams

Bucknell placed its men’s swimming and diving team on a two-year probation and its women’s team on a one-year probation, the school said Tuesday. All upper-class members of the men’s team are suspended for the first two competitions this season, in addition to canceling both teams’ winter training trip to Florida and other penalties.

The school said both teams recently participated in an event where underage team members were furnished alcohol, and that the men’s team has a tradition of circulating among themselves each fall a lewd, sexist and misogynistic email.

“I am profoundly disappointed with the actions of some members of our teams,” said head coach Dan Schinnerer in a statement. “This type of behavior runs counter to the values we work hard to instill. We are committed to the continued education of our student-athletes to help prevent similar situations from occurring in the future.”

The school said these sanctions were influenced by the fact that both programs recently ended a two-year probation for violations of a related nature. In fact, some of the misconduct for which the men’s team and its members are being sanctioned occurred while the teams were on probation, demonstrating that the culture within the men’s team continues to fall well short of the school’s expectations.