Princeton University suspended its men’s swimming and diving team effective immediately, the university announced on Thursday. The decision came after an anonymous complaint alerted the university to “several materials,” including electronic correspondence on the team’s school-sponsored email listserv, containing “misogynistic and racist” comments about members of the women’s swimming and diving team.
Princeton Director of Athletics Mollie Marcoux Samaan said the university will make a final decision about the team’s remaining schedule in the next few days and will work with the team to determine measures for educating team members and building a positive culture. The men’s swimming and diving team was scheduled to compete on Jan. 7 against Navy, on Feb. 5 against Harvard and Yale and at the Ivy League Championships from Feb. 22–25.
“The behavior we have learned about is simply unacceptable,” Samaan said in a statement. “It is antithetical to the values of our athletic program and of the university and will not be tolerated.”
The suspension comes in the wake of disciplinary actions against several other Ivy League athletic teams this fall. In the past six weeks, Harvard canceled the season of its men’s soccer team and placed its men’s cross country team on athletic probation while Columbia suspended its wrestling team, all for similar offenses.