Members of Harvard University’s 2012 men’s soccer team wrote and circulated a nine-page sexually explicit “scouting report” of the school’s women’s soccer team, according to evidence unearthed by the university’s student newspaper. The document rated the physical attractiveness of new recruits to the women’s team, and included photos, lewd nicknames, and suggestions about which sexual positions they might prefer — in one example, a recruit was described as “[looking] like the kind of girl who both likes to dominate, and likes to be dominated.” The document was shared on what had been a publicly accessible website, where it was commented on by other members of the men’s team.
The document also referred to a “scouting report” from the prior year — according to The Harvard Crimson, the school newspaper, the report appears to have been an annual tradition for the men’s soccer team.
Harvard Athletics Director Bob Scalise has condemned the document, saying that the school would have “zero tolerance for behavior of this kind” and that the athletic department would work to reinforce “appropriate and respectful social behavior and team conduct” among athletes. Officials would not say whether they would be investigating if other “scouting reports” continued to be issued after 2012.
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