Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
Indianapolis, Indiana- The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced today that they have taken disciplinary actions against the Plattsburgh State women's program for alleged misconduct by student-athletes at the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship weekend in Adrian, Michigan.
The matter involved alcohol consumption on the team's bus following the NCAA Championship game, en route to a postgame team dinner. The committee was made aware of the misconduct in August, and were given online Snapchat video from that evening that shows possession of alcohol by team members. The video had been forwarded to an NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Committee member. Sanctions were originally issued in September, and were officially released today following an October appeal by Plattsburgh State.
The sanctions, as described in the NCAA release, are as follows. They come in addition to self-imposed penalties already put in place by the institution itself.
- A public reprimand for the lack of administrative oversight of the actions of team members. Specifically, coaches and administrators were present on the team bus when three student-athletes consumed alcohol as the team traveled to a team dinner after the championship game.
- A one-game suspension for the two returning student-athletes involved in the alcohol incident, to be served during the next NCAA tournament appearance in which they would be participating, regardless of the institution they are representing.
- Reimbursement of per diem for the official travel party for 1.5 days ($90 x 25 individuals x 1.5 days = $3,375).
NCAA guidelines define Championship misconduct as "An act of dishonesty, unsportsmanlike conduct, unprofessional behavior or breach of law, occurring from the time the championship field is announced through the end of the championship, that discredits the event or intercollegiate athletics."
Committee chair Katie Boldvich, who serves as the commissioner of the New England Hockey Conference and Colonial Hockey Conference, added her comments on the matter in the NCAA release.
“The Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Committee was disappointed that members of the Plattsburgh State women’s ice hockey program violated NCAA championship policies,” Boldvich said. “The goal of the committee is to provide a first-class championship experience for our student-athletes in a safe and positive environment. We look forward to moving past this incident and building toward future championship events,” Boldvich said.
Plattsburgh Athletic Director Michael Howard responded to the penalties via a statement earlier today.
"We are very disappointed with this decision," Howard said. "While the team accepts full responsibility for its actions following the dramatic NCAA championship victory, we took a number of immediate internal steps to address this matter as an institution, and in no way view the NCAA penalties as commensurate with this particular instance. At this point, we accept the NCAA's final decision on this matter and we're looking forward to a great 2017-18 season."