Stanford's boisterous Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB) is being sanctioned by the university after officials found incidents of alcohol and drug use, hazing and sexual harassment, according to a university statement published in the Stanford Report.
The band cannot perform at any away games for one year and must adopt a series of reforms, according to the statement.
Stanford's Organization Conduct Board and Title IX Office investigated complaints about several band events, including off-campus trips, held by the band for its members between 2012 and 2015. The band's conduct violated university policies, the investigation found.
Violations included a tradition in which a band member was given an alcoholic concoction intended to make that individual vomit publicly; an annual trip in which some band members used illegal substances; and a band selection process in which individuals were asked a number of inappropriate questions on sexual matters, according to the statement.
The band will be unable to travel with any Stanford athletic team to perform during the 2015-16 academic year, including post-season games. However, the band will be permitted to play at home events and at certain non-athletic events.
In addition, the band is prohibited from hosting events with alcohol during the 2015-16 academic year; will be required to adjust some of its internal events to ensure they comply with university policies prohibiting hazing and sexual harassment; and will participate in additional training to ensure compliance with university policies on alcohol, hazing and sexual harassment, according to the statement.
Deborah Golder, associate vice provost and dean of Residential Education, said the investigation noted that band leadership has worked in recent years to make improvements in its culture and accountability. The reforms seek to continue that progress, she said.
"There are aspects of Band culture which are no longer in line with our values, and we accept that, despite tremendous growth, we have further to go," the band said in a May 15 statement. "The results of this investigation are valuable, and they give us further opportunity to create a safe space on campus for students to express themselves freely."
"The university's objective is to ensure a safe and harassment-free environment while honoring the band's traditions and its unique, irreverent identity," Golder said. "We hope the band will use this outcome as a positive platform for further strengthening its culture and ensuring the band's vibrancy and good stewardship in the years ahead."
The outcome of the investigation may be appealed by the band, with a final decision to be issued by Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Boardman, officials said in the statement.