The Ryerson Rams, a Toronto-based university team, has been suspended for seven days by the school for the consumption of alcohol during a pre-season road trip to New Jersey, a violation of the student-athlete code of conduct.
According to a release put out by the school:
The Ryerson student-athlete handbook states that athletes may not consume alcohol at any time during road trips. It also states “Each student-athlete is a representative of Ryerson and is highly visible to other people, regardless of whether the team meets on or off campus. The student-athlete is responsible for his or her own behavior at formal and informal, scheduled and unscheduled events.”
The Rams, 5-2-0 in the Ontario University Athletics East Division, will forfeit two games. The team’s coach, Graham Wise, has been suspended for four games and part-time assistant coach Lawrence Smith was dismissed entirely.
Ryerson, which plays its home games at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, which is located in the refurbished Maple Leafs Gardens, will play its next game against RMC on Nov. 15.