SUNY Brockport suspends wrestling program after learning of potential COVID-19 policy violations

Updated: September 12, 2020 06:37 PM
Created: September 12, 2020 12:12 PM

BROCKPORT, N.Y. (WHEC) — SUNY Brockport has suspended its NCAA Division III Wrestling Program, pending the outcome of several investigations due to potential COVID-19 policy violations.

Two wrestling physical education classes have also been canceled for the fall season. 

SUNY Brockport says they learned Friday morning that one of its student-athletes came in contact with an individual who had tested positive for the coronavirus. The student-athlete was immediately placed in isolation following protocol.

Later, the college received information about alleged violations of SUNY Brockport's social distancing and mask policies within the wrestling program and wrestling PE classes, as well as a potential infraction.

As a result, SUNY Brockport quarantined more than 50 individuals including members of the wrestling program and their roommates.

SUNY Brockport says the student who came in contact with the individual that had the virus ended up testing negative and that all precautionary quarantined students were released from quarantine. However, the original individual that tested positive for COVID-19 remains under quarantine. 

On Saturday a statement was released from the President Heidi Macpherson:

“The behavior of our students, faculty and staff has been overwhelmingly positive since we have re-opened, and compliance with COVID-19 policies remains high. Unfortunately, we have learned that the wrestling program may have jeopardized the health and safety of our community, and this must be addressed. We are relieved that no one has become ill as a result of these alleged infractions, but risky behavior cannot go unchallenged,” said Macpherson. “We are sending a loud message to the program and our entire community that such behavior will not be tolerated. I am incredibly grateful to SUNY Chancellor Malatras for his unwavering support as well as his commitment to combatting COVID-19 across our SUNY system.” 

A statement from Athletic Director Erick Hart:

“I fully support the decision to suspend all wrestling activities pending the outcome of these investigations. The vast majority of our student-athletes have role modeled positive behavior this semester. They have also played an active role in encouraging their classmates to do the same. We will not allow the actions of any one program to define our intercollegiate athletics program or put it at risk.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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