Remove Clay Watson from the Columbia Heavyweight Rowing Team

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Columbia freshman Clay Watson has been reinstated to the college's heavyweight rowing team, despite the fact that he is currently charged with a count of criminal mischief with an intent to damage property, for which he could possibly face up to a year in prison. Last month, Watson entered a Barnard student’s room in the middle of the night while naked and intoxicated, and proceeded to urinate on the student’s belongings and traumatize the student.

Watson’s actions violate Columbia’s Student-Athlete Affirmation of Conduct, especially the sections concerning “promot[ing] a safe and civil environment” and “Refrain[ing] from participating in activities that may bring dishonor to, and negatively reflect upon myself, my teammates and Columbia University,” which includes “sexual misconduct” and “illegal alcohol use (underage drinking).”

Watson has proven himself to be a threat to his fellow students, especially to the women on Columbia's campus. The events of March 4th clearly violate Columbia Athletics' own policies; in line with those policies, Watson should never have been allowed back on the rowing team. Columbia needs to abide by its own standards for its athletes, and immediately remove Watson from the team. No rowing match is worth winning at the expense of the safety of Columbia's women.