On Thursday, Harvard announced that the rest of its men’s soccer season will be cancelled, after university officials learned the team’s players rated the school’s female players in sexually explicit fashion.
“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,” Robert L. Scalise, Harvard’s athletic director, wrote in an email to the university’s student-athletes around 6 p.m.
The University’s lawyers began investigating the men’s soccer team last week. An article was published in the school’s newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, reporting that a player created a nine-page document in 2012 with numeric ratings, individual photos and lengthy evaluations of the Harvard Women’s teams’ freshman recruits by physical appearance. The men’s soccer team often referred to the document as a “scouting report.”
Harvard President, Drew Faust, said the actions of the university came when she learned that the report was not limited to 2012, and had continued among the team into this year.
“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.”
The Crimson published a response on Saturday which was written by six members of the Harvard women’s soccer recruiting class from 2012.
“We have seen the ‘scouting report’ in its entirety,” they wrote. “We know the fullest extent of its contents: the descriptions of our bodies, the numbers we were each assigned, and the comparison to each other and recruits in classes before us. This document attempts to pit us against one another, as if the judgment of a few men is sufficient to determine our worth.”
The report was difficult for the women to see, being that they had considered many of the male players to be “close friends.” But they see the report’s discovery as an opportunity to combat the rape-culture behavior.
“To the men of Harvard soccer and to the men of the world, we invite you to join us, because ultimately we are all members of the same team,” they wrote. “We are human beings and we should be treated with dignity.”
Harvard was ranked (pun intended) No. 1 in the Ivy League standings with a 4-0-1 conference record, 10-3-2 over all. The men’s soccer team will forfeit the opportunity to win an Ivy League championship or participate in this year’s N.C.A.A. tournament.
Further, the school’s athletic organization plans to work with the university’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response to educate student-athletes about the seriousness of these behaviors and the general standard of respect and conduct that is expected.
Harvard Soccer Team Suspended Over Sexual “Scouting Report” The Harvard University soccer team has been suspended over its sexual “scouting report,” a “tradition” that’s been around since 2012.
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