Harvard University is taking action against male-only school sponsored programs and clubs.
After producing, “crude and sexualized” documents about the women’s cross country team in 2014, the men’s team has been given athletic probation.
Harvard Athletic Director, Robert Scalise, sent an email to the men’s lacrosse team members, informing them that the school (while admitting to cultural issues) has not concluded that the team has done anything wrong, but that they believe that they are “out of bounds,” according to The Daily Wire.
The schools lawyer found that the team was guilty of behaving inappropriately regarding the opposite sex. Because of this finding, the current lacrosse team has been placed on probation and therefore, will be monitored closely regarding interactions with the opposite sex.
The AP reported, “Scalise had asked for an investigation after The Harvard Crimson student newspaper reported that the men’s team produced yearly spreadsheets about the women’s team, sometimes rating appearances and making lewd comments.”
According to The Daily Wire, the men’s lacrosse team is the second team to be disciplined by Harvard, as the men’s soccer team was suspended after team members allegedly made “sexist” remarks about the women’s soccer team going as far as ranking them numerically based on their “sexual appeal.”
Because the soccer team was not honest about their actions – unlike the lacrosse team, their season was suspended abruptly.
The Harvard Crimson wrote, “As a direct result of what Harvard Athletics has learned, we have decided to cancel the remainder of the 2016 men’s soccer season,” Scalise wrote. “The team will forfeit its remaining games and will decline any opportunity to achieve an Ivy League championship or to participate in the NCAA Tournament this year.”
Scalise has vowed that the school will make greater efforts to “further educate” all male athletes regarding the opposite sex and inappropriate sexual themed behavior.
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