Harvard’s soccer team suspended over sexist comments about their fellow students.
The administration of Harvard University recently suspended its men’s soccer team after members made lewd and sexist comments about the members of the women’s soccer team, Cosmopolitan reports.
This after a 2012 document was discovered last month by The Harvard Crimson student publication wherein members of the men’s soccer team rated the women soccer team’s attractiveness, including sexist comments about each team member. The men’s soccer team dubbed it as their “scouting report” and reportedly spread it online.
In an official statement, Harvard University President Drew Faust said the decision to suspend the athletes follows investigation wherein they were found to have practiced the “appalling” behavior throughout the current season, adding that the actions were not of a few members of the team only.
“The decision to cancel a season is serious and consequential, and reflects Harvard’s view that both the team’s behavior and the failure to be forthcoming when initially questioned are completely unacceptable, have no place at Harvard, and run counter to the mutual respect that is a core value of our community,” Faust said.
Meanwhile, Harvard’s Athletics Director Robert Scalise announced that the administration is canceling the team’s season as well as their post-season game. This would mean Harvard would lose the opportunity to an Ivy League championship and any involvement in the NCAA this year.
“As we move forward, Harvard Athletics will partner with the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and other Harvard College resources to take additional steps to further educate the members of our men’s soccer team, and all of our student-athletes, about the seriousness of these behaviors and the general standard of respect and conduct that is expected,” Scalise wrote in an email.
Meanwhile, Dean Rakesh Khurana said in a statement that he was “saddened and disappointed” to learn about the “scouting report” that the men’s soccer team have continued through the current season.
“As I have stated, such behavior is antithetical to Harvard’s fundamental values,” Khurana said.