Hazing allegations made toward KU cheer team detailed

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- Two University of Kansas cheerleaders claim they were hazed during a children's summer camp they hosted on campus in July 2017.

The incident was first reported by the Kansas State Collegian May 4th.

The newspaper published a report in which two first-year KU cheerleaders claimed six new team members were blindfolded, forced to take off their clothes, and verbally and physically abused by older members and alumni of the team last summer.

The women say they expressed concern to team leaders and head coach Lyndsay Marriott but were told no one involved would be punished.

The Collegian reports KU's Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards did send a letter regarding an investigation into the incident.

KU Public Affairs Director Erinn Barcomb-Peterson told 13 NEWS the university would not comment on individual student conduct, but provided a link to a website, showing the KU cheer team was sanctioned in September 2017 for violating sections of the KU student code that include harm to persons and hazing.

The same issues led to three fraternity closings in January 2018.

"To have this power over someone who's trying to join that, to get them to do something, it doesn't surprise me even if it's you know, making someone run around with their shirt off or drinking a beer," said KU student Austin Jamison. "Whatever the situation is you know you get this kind of power trip."

KU Student Alison Gehrke hadn't heard about the allegations but said you don't have it see it to believe it.

"I think it's something if it's blatantly in front of someone you know a police officer or someone who works on campus, I definitely think they do stuff about it but if it's like someone's not there I don't really think anything happens," Gehrke said.

The KU cheer team remains on probation through this September.