Princeton suspends men’s swim and dive team over offensive emails

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People walk around the Princeton University campus in New Jersey, November 16, 2013. A meningitis vaccine approved for use in Europe and Australia but not in the United States can be imported to try to stop an outbreak of the disease at Princeton University in New Jersey, federal health officials said. The Food and Drug Administration agreed this week to the importation of the vaccine, Bexsero, for potential use on the Ivy League campus, Barbara Reynolds, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Saturday. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION HEALTH) - RTX15GEO

The announcement at Princeton follows two similar Ivy League sports suspensions in a little over a month. Photo by REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File

Princeton University suspended its men’s swimming and diving team for sending material to the team’s email listserv that was characterized by officials as “vulgar and offensive” and “misogynistic and racist.”

Princeton decided to immediately suspend the season and all team activities after a complaint revealed the content earlier this week, according to a statement released Thursday.

The actual content of the emails remains unknown, but Athletics Director Mollie Marcoux Samaan called it “simply unacceptable” in a communication released by the university.

“It is antithetical to the values of our athletic program and of the University, and will not be tolerated,” Samaan said.

Samaan and the swim team’s head coach Rob Orr will decide in the coming days whether or not the team will finish out the remainder of its season. The team’s calendar has two regularly scheduled meets left, in addition to the Ivy League Championships in February.

This announcement follows two similar Ivy League sports suspensions in a little over a month. In November, Harvard University suspended its men’s soccer team for rating women’s appearances, and Columbia University suspended its wrestling team for sending lewd text messages.

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