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Decision on UW Band appears imminent; accusations include forced fondling, drinking

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Madison (WKOW) -- University officials will hold a news conference at 3 p.m. Thursday to discuss the status of the UW-Madison marching band.

Officials suspended the band last week after receiving accusations of alleged hazing and other alleged misconduct.

In a university letter to parents of band members,  Dean of Students Lori Berquam states allegations of "being sexually fondled against their will,"  and "being forced or pressured to drink alcohol or other concoctions,"  are being investigated by UW administrators.

  "I am notifying you of these allegations because of my concern for your son or daughter's safety and academic success,"  Dean of Students Lori Berquam wrote.

  The entire band of more than three hundred members was not allowed to play at the Badgers Oct. 4 home football game against Ohio State.   The team plays Penn State Saturday at Camp Randall stadium.

  To read the letter from Berquam to band parents, please click on the link to the left of this report. 

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