Harvard Cancels Men’s Soccer Season for ‘Rating” Female Players

By Brian Lonergan | November 9, 2016 | 12:23pm EST

Harvard University has cancelled the remainder of its men’s soccer team season after it was discovered that members of the team have produced documents over several years that rated members of the school’s women’s soccer team based on their physical appearance and attractiveness, according to The Harvard Crimson, the school newspaper.

In a letter to the men’s team, school Athletics Director Robert Scalise said he cancelled the season because the “practice appears to be more widespread across the team and has continued beyond 2012, including in 2016.”

As part of the decision, the team will forfeit its remaining games and will not accept any opportunity to compete for an Ivy League championship or play in the NCAA tournament this year.  

The Crimson has previously reported that the 2012 men’s soccer team had written a “scouting report” of new recruits to the women’s soccer team. The women were ranked numerically and assigned a hypothetical sexual position.

University President Drew Faust said in a statement that she was “was deeply distressed to learn that the appalling actions of the 2012 men’s soccer team were not isolated to one year or the actions of a few individuals.”

“Harvard Athletics has zero tolerance for this type of behavior,” Scalise said.

The report on the female players was reportedly able to be viewed on the 2012 team’s Google Group web page. The University has instructed its Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response to “further educate” the men’s team as well as its other student-athletes, according to Scalise.

The six 2012 women’s soccer players referenced in the scouting report wrote a joint op-ed that criticized the report but forgave the men’s team for their behavior.

“The sad reality is that we have come to expect this kind of behavior from so many men, that it is so ‘normal’ to us we often decide it is not worth our time or effort to dwell on,” they wrote.

The men’s team would have clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament had it won its next scheduled game.  

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