Mary Washington University rugby team suspended over chant

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The University of Mary Washington has suspended activities for its men’s rugby team after officials there said an audio recording captured some team members chanting a song with violent and sexually explicit lyrics.

In an email to the university community on March 19, president Rick Hurley said the school imposed sanctions because the team’s actions violated its code of conduct for club sports.

According to the school, the recording featured several team members at an off-campus party last fall. Officials say the chant contained sexually explicit, derogatory and violent language.

The school declined to provide a copy of the recording.

The sanctions imposed at the beginning of the semester were appealed and upheld. In addition, the team must participate in sensitivity training.