Harlem Shake video gets 11 Susquehanna University athletes booted from teams

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Eleven Susquehanna University student-athletes were suspended after they posted their version of the viral “Harlem Shake” video.

If you haven’t seen any of the”Harlem Shake” videos–the concept is basic: one person is dancing in the foreground while others go about their normal activities in the background.  Then the scene changes to an entire group of people dancing and strutting their stuff.

The players were suspended due to the sexual acts portrayed in the “Harlem Shake: Weight Room Edition” video they uploaded to YouTube. The video features 11 athletes dancing in the university weight room. Some of them were pantomiming sexual acts.

When university administrators found out about the video, all of the players appearing in the video were dismissed from their respective teams.

Below is the full statement from Susquehanna University on the video:

“Earlier this week, a video involving 11 student-athletes simulating sex acts in the university’s weight room was produced and publicly posted. We met with the student-athletes involved and removed them from their intercollegiate athletics teams. At the same time, the students were given a plan of action outlining the pathway to reinstatement to their teams.

Susquehanna University promotes a culture of respect and personal responsibility. Participation in intercollegiate athletics is a great privilege. The student-athlete handbook calls upon student-athletes to be exemplary role models by demonstrating respect for others and acting in a first-class manner.

We are disappointed by this behavior and the way in which these student-athletes represented our teams and the university. We hope that they learn from this experience, and that they will earn their way back to representing Susquehanna as members of their teams.”



  • amazed

    hey, ur not exactly ivyleague..give the kids a break..theyre young and do silly things..where u have rapes, dui, robbery etc this is nothing in comparison….what is this, footloose!!!…is this a muslim college?..the powers that be at this place needs to get their act together and be responsible adults not jump to quick irresponsible decisions,,,,,

  • HowIgnorantRU?

    Sounds like the University has stingy views on human sexuality. By only reading this story, I assume they were not breaking laws on exposure and just simulating acts like any music video or soap opera might do. It might be concerning if these kids were high school but they are adults who have high sex drive at this time of life. Don't be so stingy America. Sexual expression is a natural act among consenting people.

  • Susky

    I think it's hilarious that the SU fall concert was a Snoop Dogg blazefest (in a chapel) where students were encouraged to engage in illegal activities but simulating sexual acts gets people kicked off their team.

  • Doc

    This was the first time i felt proud of my university. Not the Suspending of the students from thier teams but for the students making the video. The students were offered money in exchange for ads to be placed on their video and thats when the school stepped in.

  • Angela Cullum

    Oh come on, haven't all of us done something like this at a young age? Its called good -natured fun folks, the university needs to grow up!

  • Lester Brubaker

    Again the social media wins by posting three positive , supportive points of view and one neutral point of view on the issue which appears to be an indication that the users of social media are in opposition to Susquehanna University's statement that it has its athletes promote a "culture of respect and personal responsibility. Participation in intercollegiate athletics is a great privilege. The student-athlete handbook calls upon student-athletes to be exemplary role models by demonstrating respect for others and acting in a first-class manner." Susquehanna University is a Lutheran College whose athletic programs under the leadership of the great Alonzo Staggs have graduated scholar athletes and philanthropists etc. and countless others who have made and are still making a positive impact on our culture. The challenge for the athletes involved in this recent attention-getting exhibition is to use the soap-box opportunity in a positive manner by conducting a study of the positive and negative effects of trends in social media on our cultural development , sensitivity , and the concept of first-class behavior

  • Lester Brubaker

    Could someone interpret the +1 and 0 's posted to the left of the thumbs up and thumbs down symbols at the top right hand corner on the bar posted at the top of the entries. What criteria is used in arriving at the rating? What determines whether it is a positive, negative and neutral position for this Harlem Shake topic?

  • Deborah

    The video didn't identify the school in any way. The attention that has been brought to the matter is because of the school's response to the video, not the video itself. It would have been one of 10,000 Harlem Shake videos posted on youtube and perhaps would have garnered a few hundred views. It would have been appropriate for the school to reprimand the students and require that the view be taken down. No one would have given it a second thought. The public black eye to the university is at their own hand in their handling of the situation. The students aren't on a soap box. In fact, they have been required to remove any tweets disagreeing with the university's position, have been forbidden to speak with the press and have been told to change their social media privacy settings. Censorship is alive and well (and legal – to a degree) at private schools. The fact remains that the University's handling of the situation has managed to get the video over 100,000 views – something the students could never have accomplished on their own. Well played SU, well played.

  • Lester Brubaker

    Has Susquehanna University stated that the Harlem Shake incident gave it a "black eye"? Or is it doing what parents of the students expect when they send their children to an institution that still is in the business of producing world-class students with an opportunity to demonstrate respect for themselves and others as well as acting in a first class manner in all aspects of life.

    • Deborah

      As the parent of a current SU student, I am stating that the University gave itself a black eye in its handling of the incident. And no, my student was not involved in the video.

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