BOSTON — A Boston University task force has determined that the social status of the men’s ice hockey team on campus has contributed to a “culture of sexual entitlement” among some players.
The task force, formed after two players were accused of sexual assault on campus last season, also found that the university failed to “achieve the full level and quality of oversight of the men’s ice hockey program.”
Despite the findings, Jack Parker will keep his job as head coach of the men’s hockey team but step down as the school’s executive director of athletics.
“The report and the investigation of possible breaches in NCAA rules both highlighted the lack of clear reporting lines for the men’s ice hockey program,” BU President Robert Brown said in a statement. “To regularize reporting relationships, Jack Parker, men’s ice hockey coach, has stepped down as executive director of athletics and will focus all his efforts on coaching.”
BU says players will also have to go through sexual assault and violence prevention programs.
“It’s gonna take time to get to resolution, but we’ve already begun the efforts and we’ll work at it with real focus this year and I’m sure over the next couple of years,” BU Provost Jean Morrison said.
One of the players accused of sexual assault pleaded guilty, and rape charges against a second player were dropped.