Former swimmer files hazing allegation

Bowling Green police are investigating hazing allegations made by a former student involving the WKU swim team.

Collin Craig, who was a freshman from Meadow Vista, California during the fall 2014 semester, alleged that members of the swim team forced him to drink alcohol, assaulted and hazed him multiple times. Craig was a member of the swim team.

The complaint was filed on Jan. 6 via email. The incidents took place off-campus, according to the police report.

Ronnie Ward, public information officer for the Bowling Green Police Department, said the investigation is in its infancy.

“The allegations are that there was some abuse from some swim team members from WKU to this person, and we really don’t know what the truth is right at this point in time,” he said.

Ward said a detective is assigned to the case, and no arrests have been made.

Bob Skipper, director of Media Relations, said once the BGPD investigation is complete, the case will be turned over to the appropriate university officials.

According to the WKU Student Code of Conduct, hazing is defined as “any action, physical abuse or creation of a situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of a participant by any person.”

Forced consumption of liquor is explicitly stated as a form of hazing in the policy.  

Craig was 18 at the time of the alleged hazing, well below the legal drinking age. 

Skipper said WKU takes hazing allegations very seriously.

“It’s not something we want to have on our campus, so we want to get to the bottom of the situation, find out exactly what the facts are and take appropriate action from there,” he said.

Skipper said there have been a few isolated incidents in the past, but nothing on this scale.

Multiple calls to Craig’s California home were not returned.