The Harvard men’s soccer team has been suspended for the remainder of the season after the school discovered the team had repeatedly written and circulated vulgar, sexually explicit “scouting reports” about new recruits on the women’s team, in a practice that continued up to this year.
“The decision to cancel a season is serious and consequential,” Harvard President Drew Faust said in a statement Thursday. She wrote 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.”
Men’s soccer coach Pieter Lehrer said the team was “beyond disappointed” to see the season end this way, but would respect the decision.
“Actions have consequences, and character counts,” Lehrer said in a statement. “We accept responsibility for our actions, and I know that we will use the experience of this terribly unfortunate situation to be better.”