The College of Hartford’s appearing athletic director is demanding that pupil athletes be courteous throughout graduation Sunday—or face penalties, The Day reported.
In an electronic mail to coaches, interim AD Sharon Beverly wrote, “I encourage you to deal with together with your group that whereas any disruption might lead to disciplinary actions, together with however not restricted to their diplomas or transcripts being held, the respective sport packages may additionally have repercussions … Lastly, take into account that as leaders of your program, you might be answerable for the habits of your SA’s [student athletes].”
In an identical electronic mail to pupil athletes, Beverly wrote that the college expects all graduates and their friends to “chorus from habits that’s harmful, distracting or harmful.”
“Ought to any of our graduates or their friends be discovered answerable for disruptions, there shall be athletic repercussions for the whole group, along with the transcript and diploma holds,” she wrote. “I acknowledge that you’re graduating, however your groups will finally need to take accountability in your actions, together with the opportunity of video games being cancelled or forfeited subsequent season.”
The tough warning was meant to keep away from a repeat of final 12 months’s graduation, when athletes booed college president Gregory Woodward off the stage. College students have been upset as a result of the Hartford Board of Regents had simply introduced the college would transition from Division I to Division III by 2025—regardless that two months earlier the boys’s basketball group had certified for the NCAA Division I basketball match for the primary time in the college’s 64-year historical past. The regents additionally introduced that at Woodward’s urging, they’d cease awarding athletic scholarships by the beginning of the 2023–24 college 12 months. That prompted final 12 months’s graduating seniors to jeer at Woodward in the course of the college’s graduation. Shortly afterward, Beverly was employed.