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SEMO football players penalized in alleged hazing incident

Head Football Coach Tony Samuel imposed a team sanction of an additional 20 hours each of community service on the eight players. Head Football Coach Tony Samuel imposed a team sanction of an additional 20 hours each of community service on the eight players.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Several members of the Southeast Missouri State football team have been penalized after an alleged hazing in April.

Eight members of the Southeast Missouri State University football team received a range of penalties Wednesday from the university's judicial review process.

Reportedly the players were in the locker room in April 13 at Houck Stadium where several players duct-taped the arms, legs and mouths of other team members.

While those players tried to get loose, they were carried outside to the field where two of the student athletes were reportedly duct-taped together on the field at their waist and legs.

The Cape Girardeau County prosecutor's office declined to press charges.

According to a news release from the university, the eight football players were found in violation of several student conduct policies and were sanctioned with penalties.

The penalties range from 15-25 hours of assigned community service depending on the player's involvement in the incident for a combined total of 190 hours of community service.

Also, those involved were placed on university probation and were ordered to complete a three to five page research paper on university hazing cases, according to the university.

Head Football Coach Tony Samuel imposed a team sanction of an additional 20 hours each of community service on the eight players.

Also every member of the football team also will receive a team sanction of 10 hours of community service.  According to the university, that is to raise awareness about hazing and student and athletic student conduct policies.

University officials say team members will complete a combined total of approximately 1,250 hours of community service for the alleged hazing incident.

Officials say any form of hazing is a violation of the Southeast Missouri State University Student Code of Conduct.

The names of those involved were not released due to the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act, according to the university.

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