Stanford University Band Suspended Due to ‘Systemic Cultural Problem’

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
December 11, 2016 Updated: December 11, 2016

The Stanford marching band has been temporarily suspended through next spring after a panel found repeated violations of school policies.

The punishment announced Friday comes after the band was barred from performing at away games during the 2015-16 season for violating policies on sexual harassment, alcohol, controlled substances and hazing.

Stanford University officials tell the Mercury News the band will be reconstituted under a new music director.

The band was booed off the field during the Rose Bowl halftime show earlier this year after offending some fans with its performance.

“Nothing more will be accomplished without extreme consequences,” the Stanford Organization Conduct Board stated, per the Los Angeles Times. “We do not feel that the current leadership or membership is capable of creating the necessary cultural change,” the panel added. “We feel there is a total lack of accountability and responsibility in the current organization.”

Epoch Times contributed to this report