Harvard Men’s Soccer Team Is Sidelined for Vulgar ‘Scouting Report’

On Thursday, after an investigation, the university said similar exchanges had continued into this year. It canceled the rest of the season for the men’s team — two games — and said the team, which was in striking distance of winning its conference and a spot in the N.C.A.A. tournament, must forfeit any postseason play. On Friday afternoon, the team apologized in a letter published on The Crimson’s website.

The swift penalty came just as Harvard was preparing to welcome hundreds of visitors to campus on Friday for the start of parents’ weekend — and as

campuses have been consumed by questions involving sexual assault and attitudes toward women. The “scouting report” seems like just more evidence that sexism remains pervasive on college campuses, despite efforts by Harvard and others to combat it. It was also reminiscent of Donald J. Trump’s remarks that he was engaging in “locker room” chatter when he boasted of sexual contact with women against their will.

“I think Donald Trump is so extreme that we like to believe that these extreme incidents of sexism and discrimination are, like, isolated to him,” Marty Berger, a sophomore, said as he left an exam on a spectacular fall afternoon, yellow leaves crunching underfoot.


Joyce Fung, 20, an undergraduate at Harvard.

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“But it’s important to recognize that they’re just as rampant in our generation, on our campus,” he said.

Joyce Fung, also a sophomore, agreed. “It’s less that he’s an exception,” she said of Mr. Trump, “but more just an extension of everybody.”

Danielle Foltz, an undergraduate walking through Harvard Yard, said the conduct didn’t bother her as much as the culture that permitted it.

“It’s one of those things where I feel like it should bother me, but…

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