Boston U. Confronts Hockey Culture Linked to Sex Assaults

September 6, 2012

The Boston University men’s ice hockey team enjoys an insulated culture and celebrity status that “can lead to unacceptable and destructive behavior, including a culture of sexual entitlement and abuse,” according to the findings of a task force that was charged with reviewing the program after two players were accused of sexual assault last spring. The task force, co-chaired by Boston’s provost and a trustee, made a series of recommendations to improve oversight of the program and address systemic issues of assault and alcohol abuse on campus. In a statement Wednesday, President Robert A. Brown said the university would move to carry out the recommendations, which include reorganizing reporting relationships in the athletics department and updating the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, as quickly as possible. Brown noted that “excessive alcohol consumption” has played a role in the majority of alleged sexual assaults and other incidents, and the university is “reviewing the recommendation about how best to implement a comprehensive, campus-wide program aimed at moderating alcohol use by our students.”

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