October 17th, 2013
An unspecified number of Champlain Valley Union High School athletes sat out games after “team violations,” according to Champlain Valley Union High School Principal Jeffrey Evans.
“Several student-athletes have been suspended from several co-curricular activities (teams & clubs) for a variety of policy and/or team violations,” Evans wrote in an email to the Observer. “(We) are following policy, and we will continue to work with our students and families on this matter.”
Evans said he could not comment further due to “confidentiality and the fact that the investigation is ongoing.”
Director of Student Activities Kevin Riell deferred comment to Evans.
Under CVU policy, the penalty for use, possession or procurement of substances such as alcohol or drugs in season, but outside of school-sponsored events, is suspension from athletics for 20 percent of the season’s contests for a first offense. For co-curricular activities, the period of suspension is defined by the administration.
A second violation of the policy would result in suspension for the rest of the season, as well as all other activities for the remainder of the school year.
Hinesburg Police Chief Frank Koss said he is aware that there was a “party” but that police were not involved and the school is handling it internally.
—Stephanie Choate, Observer staff