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Stanford Band Suspended For Violation Of University Policies

The Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band has been disbanded until the spring of 2017 after several campus policy violations.

As of today, The Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band has been suspended until the spring of 2017. In an official statement from Stanford University, it cited violations of the alcohol suspension as well as the travel ban.

An excerpt from the official statement:

Each of these violations is concerning. In the aggregate, they show what we feel is a pattern of disregard for university policy and administrative directives. In light of the conduct and cultural issues that caused the original OCB and Title IX investigation and led to the alcohol and travel suspension to be put in place, and the scrutiny on Band’s activities that its leadership described at the hearing today, we find the current violations incredibly troubling and indicative of a systemic cultural problem. We are deeply troubled by the fact that Band has not yet fulfilled the requirements set forth in the May 2015 outcome letter; this leaves us feeling that the outstanding issues have not been taken seriously by Band or its leadership, and that nothing more will be accomplished without extreme consequences. We are concerned about the risk and liability to the University community and to Stanford’s reputation if Band’s conduct and behaviors continue in this manner.

The Band will not be able to perform, or even exist as an institution until at least the spring of 2017, though a ban of the entire 2017-2018 academic year was recommended.