The Princeton University men’s swimming and diving team will not compete in any meets for the rest of the season because of emails on the men’s swimming and diving team listserv and other materials circulated by the team that were vulgar, offensive, misogynistic and racist, school officials said.
Princeton University Director of Athletics Mollie Marcoux Samaan informed the team of her decision to suspend the rest of the season today. The team will not compete in its final two scheduled regular season meets versus Navy on Jan. 7 and versus Harvard and Yale on Feb. 5. The team will also miss the Ivy League Championships Feb. 22-25.
The team was suspended on Dec. 15 while school officials weighed whether a suspension for the remainder of the season was warranted. School officials received a complaint alerting them about the materials that were being circulated.
“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,” Samaan said in a statement a week ago. “The behavior that we have learned about is simply unacceptable. It is antithetical to the values of our athletic program and of the University, and will not be tolerated.”
School officials have not elaborated more on the the items that were circulated.
Princeton is among several schools—including Harvard, Columbia and Amherst—that have responded to similar incidents in recent months. Harvard University canceled the remainder of the men’s soccer team in November after the Harvard Crimson published a story detailing the team members’ sexually explicit “scouting reports” about the women’s team.