EKU rugby club to appeal suspension

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Associated Press

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — The rugby club at Eastern Kentucky University will appeal a two-year suspension ordered by the school after an alleged hazing incident.

Eastern Kentucky University officials said on Thursday that they had suspended the club after an investigation found a freshman was injured when he agreed to be paddled with a board that was more than three feet long. The university hazing board, which investigated the incident, said they found that the initiation rite has been practiced for at least two years. Investigators found that a sharp object in the board punctured the freshman's skin, causing bleeding.

The group's treasurer, Tyler Farrell, told the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/UxQyOb) on Friday in an email that the board's findings are based on information that "is false and misconstrued."

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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