Harvard has dropped its social group sanctions as a result of a recent Supreme Court decision on sex discrimination, University President Lawrence S. Bacow wrote in an email Monday afternoon. In , the College announced a set of sanctions against members of final clubs and single-gender Greek organizations, precluding students in those groups from receiving fellowships, athletics captaincies, and leadership positions in extracurricular groups. First applied to the Class of , the sanctions received intense scrutiny and spawned a pair of lawsuits in state court and federal court. Bacow wrote in his email that, after the Court announced its decision, the Harvard Corporation recognized that its reasoning might have significant implications for the social group policy based on United States District Judge Nathaniel M.
Harvard’s War on Single-Sex Clubs Has Opened a New Battle Over Sex Discrimination – Mother Jones
Rebecca Ramos, a graduate of Harvard University and former president of its chapter of the Delta Gamma sorority, speaks at a news conference. But she found a closeness and support system in her sorority, one of several women-only Greek organizations and clubs that formed at the university in the early s in response to a social scene that had long been dominated by clubs that only admitted men. Some groups went co-ed, but others closed their doors. Legal experts expect that the lawsuits, which come amid growing calls to eliminate , reform , or limit Greek organizations on campuses nationwide, will have far-reaching implications on how gender discrimination laws are applied to colleges and single-gender clubs. The North American Interfraternity Conference and the National Panhellenic Conference, which oversee the majority of college fraternities and sororities, are publicly supporting the Harvard lawsuit.
Harvard drops policy against single-sex clubs after lawsuit
Photo courtesy of Vibes. If inclusiveness is prized on college campuses, does it signal the demise of single-sex clubs at higher ed institutions? Should sororities and fraternities remain?
Harvard said Monday that it will no longer enforce a ban on single-gender social clubs, after concluding that the prohibition would likely not withstand a legal challenge from a group of fraternities and sororities who had asked a federal judge just hours earlier to halt the policy. The policy bars Harvard students who are members of unrecognized single-sex social organizations from holding leadership positions in recognized student organizations and athletic teams. It also bars members of the groups from receiving college administered fellowships.