TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Rose-Hulman confirms that two softball players have been suspended indefinitely from its team for violating the student code of conduct.
In a statement, the college says it was made aware on April 4 that two of it’s softball players made offensive and derogatory comments toward players on Oberlin’s softball team.
Rose-Hulman and Oberlin had a doubleheader on April 3.
Rose-Hulman says in a statement:
On April 4, we were made aware of the offensive and derogatory comments made by two of our former softball players toward players on Oberlin’s softball team during a doubleheader on April 3.Rose-Hulman statement
As soon as we learned of the incident, we did an internal investigation and suspended the two players involved indefinitely from the team for violating our student code of conduct.
This type of hurtful behavior is unacceptable and does not represent the institute’s values or commitment to treat others with respect, inclusiveness, and sensitivity.
We have contacted Oberlin College to convey our apologies and continue to stay in close communication with their athletic department. The entire softball team is participating in a series of educational workshops from our Center for Diversity and Inclusion around diversity, equity and inclusion, racism, and the expectations of them as student-athletes.
We also reached out to Oberlin College, Director of Athletics Natalie Winkelfoos said they will not be playing Rose-Hulman in non-conference games any longer.
Our coach became aware of the incident after the game and reported the activity to the Rose-Hulman coach. We have let Rose-Hulman’s coach know that we will not be choosing them as a non-conference opponent moving forward. I have had conversations with the Rose-Hulman athletics director and am reassured by the actions she has taken and her commitment to providing spaces that are welcoming to others.Oberlin College Director of Athletics Natalie Winkelfoos