Princeton University suspended the rest of the men’s swimming and diving team’s season on Thursday after school administrators discovered that members had posted “vulgar and offensive” material on the team’s electronic mailing list.
A statement released by Princeton on Thursday did not disclose specifics but said the “misogynistic and racist” comments involved the women’s swimming and diving team.
The suspension comes after an anonymous complaint alerted university officials to several materials, including the school-sponsored team mailing list and other electronic correspondence.
“The behaviour that we have learned about is simply unacceptable,” athletic director Mollie Marcoux Samaan said in a statement. “We make clear to all of our student-athletes that they represent Princeton University at all times, on and off the playing surface and in and out of season, and we expect appropriate, respectful conduct from them at all times.”
At Harvard last month, the men’s football season was cancelled after a demeaning “scouting report” on the women’s team was circulated online. A 2012 document uncovered by The Harvard Crimson student newspaper rated the attractiveness of recruits on the women’s team and included lewd comments about them.
Some members of Columbia University’s wrestling team were suspended from competing over apparent lewd and racially insensitive text messages.
Some messages disparaged female students, expressed hope that someone would be sexually assaulted at a campus event, used anti-gay terms and slurred black people, including while discussing the deadly police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.