Now that two Boston University ice hockey players have been accused of separate sex crimes against women in recent months, the school president has called for the creation of a task force to investigate the team. The task force will be charged with determining whether the hockey team's "culture and climate" created the sort of conditions that caused the players to allegedly act with such aggression toward women. President Robert A. Brown's letter announcing the plan, which was emailed to all students today and posted on the university's website, took pains to avoid passing judgment on the specific charges in the two cases, leaving that for the courts. But the letter makes it clear the university has issued its own indictment of the hockey team's "influence on the behavior of student athletes in our campus community." The "University-level judgment," the letter says, is that "something systemic or habitual may foster a team climate that does not comport with the highest standards of conduct we seek to maintain."
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