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Harvard Cancels Men's Soccer Season After Finding Players Were Rating Girls

Harvard's men's soccer season has been cancelled.

According to The Crimson, Harvard has cancelled the men's soccer team season after an Office of General Counsel review found that the team was rating women, including women's soccer players, on "their perceived sexual appeal and physical appearance."

These actions were reportedly initially discovered to occur in 2012 and are believed to be continuing with the current team, which is in first place.

From The Crimson:

Last week, The Crimson reported that the 2012 men’s soccer team created a “scouting report” of that year’s women’s soccer recruits, rating them numerically and assigning each a hypothetical sexual position. University President Drew G. Faust instructed OGC, Harvard’s team of lawyers, to “review” the matter.

This was also mentioned in the article in regards to Athletics Director Robert L. Scalise and the decision to cancel the season:

Last week, when Scalise first saw the documents—which were, until recently, publicly accessible through the 2012 team’s Google Group—he said he would immediately reach out to coaches of both men’s and women’s teams to discuss the report, but added that any response should be internal to Harvard and “not a media thing.”

The Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response will work to “further educate” the men’s soccer team specifically and student-athletes generally, according to Scalise.

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

The men's head coach Pieter S. Lehrer wrote in a statement that the team is "beyond disappointed that our season has ended in this way, but we respect the decision made by our administration.”

You can read The Crimson's full report here.