Viral video leads to SU athlete suspension

SELINSGROVE — Eleven Susquehanna University student-athletes have been kicked off of their teams following their participation in a vulgar video posted online.  A statement from the university says, “We are disappointed by this behavior and the way in which these student-athletes represented our teams and the university.”

It adds that the students were given a plan of action outlining ways to be reinstated to their teams.  The statement was posted on the university’s website and signed by Director of Athletics Pam Samuelson, Assistant Athletic Director and football coach Steve Briggs and track and field coach Marty Owens.

The video, posted publicly online, showed the athletes doing the “Harlem Shake,” a now viral dance that have prompted thousands of videos.  Though not all of them are distasteful, the Susquehanna students were shown in a video, taking place in the school’s weight room, simulating sex acts.  There have been nearly 70,000 views of the video online. (Sara Bartlett)

Read the university’s full statement:

Earlier this week, a video involving 11 student-athletes simulating sex acts in the university’s weight room was produced and publicly posted. We met with the student-athletes involved and removed them from their intercollegiate athletics teams. At the same time, the students were given a plan of action outlining the pathway to reinstatement to their teams.

Susquehanna University promotes a culture of respect and personal responsibility. Participation in intercollegiate athletics is a great privilege. The student-athlete handbook calls upon student-athletes to be exemplary role models by demonstrating respect for others and acting in a first-class manner.

We are disappointed by this behavior and the way in which these student-athletes represented our teams and the university. We hope that they learn from this experience, and that they will earn their way back to representing Susquehanna as members of their teams.

Pam Samuelson, Director of Athletics
Steve Briggs, Assistant Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach
Marty Owens, Head Track & Field Coach