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Grapplers disciplined after hazing investigation

Twelve current or former members of the Penn State wrestling team have been disciplined by the university following a school investigation into alleged hazing and underage drinking.

The 12 wrestlers violated the university’s code of conduct or team rules or both, Penn State said Friday in a statement. A university official said it was not school policy to release names in cases in which criminal charges were not filed.

The school’s judicial affairs office began investigating after pictures were e-mailed in March to wrestling coach Troy Sunderland and posted on the Internet. The photos were taken at an off-campus party two years ago, school officials said.

Four wrestlers found to have violated university rules were put on school probation. They were also ordered to complete 40 hours of community service and write a “research and reflection paper on hazing,” the school said in a statement.

Four others found to have violated team rules were ordered to do community service and write the paper. Another wrestler was put on disciplinary warning.

The remaining three students, who are still in school but are no longer with the team, were “found to have directly participated” in hazing and underage drinking, the school said. Sanctions imposed on them included probation, community service and writing a “reflection paper.”

Those three students were not on scholarship and left the team before Jan. 1, months before the allegations surfaced, team spokesman Pat Donghia said. Their departures were not connected to the incident, he said.

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