Stanford University Band Suspended for ‘Systemic Cultural Problem’

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The notoriously irreverent Stanford band will be suspended through next spring after administrators found “a systemic cultural problem” in the student group that has “not been taken seriously by the band or its leadership.”

The Stanford band performs during halftime in a game against USC in Palo Alto in 2004. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

The Stanford band performs during halftime in a game against USC in Palo Alto in 2004. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

The punishment requires the band to stop all activities, both on and off campus. Students who flout the order could be disciplined individually.

“Nothing more will be accomplished without extreme consequences,” a Stanford Organization Conduct Board panel concluded, finding that the band has failed to reform even after a probation period of more than a year.

“We do not feel that the current leadership or membership is capable of creating the necessary cultural change,” the panel said. “We feel there is a total lack of accountability and responsibility in the current organization.”

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