Harvard has canceled the remainder of the men’s soccer team’s season, after an investigation found sexist scouting reports that ranked incoming female freshman soccer players continued into the 2016 season.
The “scouting reports” of incoming freshman ranked the women by their looks and included other lewd commentary.
“We strongly believe that this immediate and significant action is absolutely necessary if we are to create an environment of mutual support, respect, and trust among our students and our teams,” Harvard Athletics Director Bob Scalise said in a statement. “Going forward, Harvard Athletics will partner with the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and other Harvard College resources to educate all student-athletes on “the seriousness of these behaviors and the general standard of respect and conduct that is expected.
“Harvard Athletics has zero tolerance for this type of behavior.
“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.”
Kudos to Harvard for acting swiftly and showing that there is no room for this type of behavior on campus. Hopefully that will begin a change in culture surrounding the men’s soccer program.