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Harvard University Suspends Men’s Soccer Team for Rating Women’s Appearances

Nov. 3, 2016

After they were first caught in 2012

Harvard University has suspended its men’s soccer team for the rest of the season after an investigation found that members of the Ivy League’s Division 1 team participated in a “widespread” practice of rating women on their looks.

Athletics Director Robert Scalise alerted the school’s student athletes of the decision to cancel the season and forfeit all remaining games in an email, according to the school’s student newspaper, the Harvard Crimson.

“As a direct result of what Harvard Athletics has learned, we have decided to cancel the remainder of the 2016 men’s soccer season,” the email said. “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 added that the “practice appears to be more widespread across the team and has continued beyond 2012, including in 2016,” the Crimson reports.

The suspension stems from revelations that the 2012 men’s soccer team rated women soccer recruits and assigned each a hypothetical sexual position. University President Drew Faust said in a statement to the student newspaper that she was “deeply distressed” to learn that the “appalling actions” of the team extended past 2012.

[Crimson]