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The Northwestern Wildcats football program could be in some hot water as a result of some shocking allegations that came to light on Wednesday afternoon.

As first reported by college football reporter Adam Rittenberg of ESPN, Northwestern is investigating allegations of hazing in its football program, which would be a violation of university policy.

“While we do not yet know whether the allegations are true, hazing is prohibited by university policy, and we take these claims seriously,” Northwestern’s statement read. “The health, safety and well-being of our students is the first priority. The inquiry is in its very early stages and will be rigorously fair to everyone in this process. It will focus on gathering facts and will not jump to conclusions. Northwestern strongly supports members of our community who come forward with concerns and encourages anyone to report those concerns to the university.”

According to Rittenberg,  Northwestern has hired an independent attorney, Maggie Hickey of the law firm ArentFox Schiff, to lead the inquiry and the investigation will include interviews with players, coaches and staff members.

Northwestern did not reveal any specifics about the allegations or who brought the allegations to light. But it’s clear a full investigation will take place into the matter.