On November 30, 2022, Northwestern University received a complaint from an anonymized email address alleging hazing in the Northwestern Football Program. The University immediately retained an outside investigator ... to conduct a thorough investigation
the investigation team determined that the complainant’s claims were largely supported by the evidence gathered during the investigation, including separate and consistent first-person accounts from current and former players
The investigation team did not discover sufficient evidence to believe that coaching staff knew about the ongoing hazing conduct. They determined, however, that there had been significant opportunities to discover and report the hazing conduct
Head coach Fitzgerald has been placed on a two-week suspension without pay, beginning immediately
The Daily Northwestern details the alleged (semi-substantiated?) sexual abuse:
According to the former player, team members allegedly identified players for “running” by clapping their hands above their heads around that player. The practice, the player said, was known within the team as “the Shrek clap.”
The Daily obtained a video of a player clapping his hands during a game, which the anonymous player said was the same motion taken to signify “running.”
According to the player who spoke with The Daily, Fitzgerald repeatedly made the signal during practices when players, specifically freshmen, made a mistake.
If a player was selected for “running,” the player who spoke to The Daily said, they would be restrained by a group of 8-10 upperclassmen dressed in various “Purge-like” masks, who would then begin “dry-humping” the victim in a dark locker room.
Other forms of sexual assault are detailed in the article. The head coach expressed "disappointment':
Here’s Fitzgerald’s statement pic.twitter.com/m9olW4lBr7— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) July 7, 2023
Here's a denial insisting they don't "tolerate hazing in any form":
Statement from Northwestern’s entire team pushing back against the allegations of hazing, which they call “exaggerated and twisted.” They also say coach Pat Fitzgerald had no knowledge or involvement in the allegations. pic.twitter.com/lMOAgCe0EB— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) July 9, 2023