The legal charges that five University of Vermont men’s lacrosse players faced in connection with an underage drinking party last month were dropped Tuesday.
But the four Catamount players who are on the current roster — Max Gradinger, Harris Middel, Geofrey Worley and Liam Thomas — face discipline from UVM’s athletic department that might include game suspensions next season.
“The charges were all dropped, but we still have things other than the strict legal statutes,” UVM athletic director Bob Corran said Wednesday, “so we’ll be dealing with them as part of the Student Athlete Code of Conduct. It’s an alcohol violation.”
Corran said his staff will review the details of the incident. According to a news release from the Vermont Department of Liquor Control, an investigation by the department and UVM police found that 70 to 100 people had attended a party on Sept. 5 that started out as a keg party for UVM lacrosse players. The investigation was prompted in part by an earlier police call to assist an intoxicated woman injured in a fall.
UVM athletes are required to sign and follow a Student Athlete Code of Conduct, which Corran’s adminsistration developed in 2004.
“If you saw the case book, you’d know that we don’t push any of this under the rug,” Corran said. “Everything is consistent. We have to be really firm that way, and we have been.”