BU to study 'culture' of hockey team after 2 player arrests
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Boston University is forming a task force to study the "culture and climate" of its men's hockey team after two of its players were arrested on sexual assault charges this season.
“Unfortunate, you know, because BU hockey is a huge thing here. We put the hockey players on a pedestal and then that happens and it’s kind of crushing to know that,” Jessica Gallagher, a BU student.
For that reason, BU President Robert Brown announced the task force made up of faculty, staff and trustees to investigate its own hockey program, saying: “The charges in these cases understandably lead to questions about whether the hockey team's culture and climate have contributed in some way to the actions of the two individuals.”
BU officials will take a look at what, if anything, in the hockey program might be fostering bad behavior.
Students are hoping the arrests of two players are isolated incidents that will not reflect poorly on their school.
“Maybe it’s just the culture of our culture as college kids that think that way. I wouldn’t necessarily think it’s the program,” said Katarina Kozomova, a BU student.
“It dims it a little bit, but the school spirit here for the hockey team is still really great. There’s always tons of the people at the games and we are still all there supporting them. No matter what happens,” said Jon Neimann, a BU student.
It could take weeks before the task force is fully formed. Officials said they will do whatever they have to if they do find any deficiencies in their hockey program.
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