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UMW men's rugby team suspended over audio recording

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Activities for the University of Mary Washington men's rugby club have been suspended after the surfacing of a recording that captured some team members chanting a song with violent and sexually explicit lyrics.

In an email to the university community, 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 featuring several members of the team was captured at an off-campus party. Officials say the chant contained sexually explicit, derogatory and violent language.

Hurley says no student should feel unsafe, ostracized or threatened.

The sanctions imposed at the beginning of the semester were appealed and upheld earlier this month. In addition to the suspension, the team must participate in sensitivity education and training sessions.


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