Several fraternities and sororities sued Harvard University on Monday over its restrictions on students joining off-campus single-sex social groups, Women for sex Harvard Massachusetts the rule aimed at combating sexism is itself sexist. Harvard created a rule in spring that Womem students if they are members of fraternities, sororities, and final clubs — a type of social group unique to Harvard — unless the organizations go coed.
They also say the rule is rooted in sexism against men, whose fraternities and private clubs have been the subject of criticism by university officials over alleged sexist behavior. The Alpha Phi sorority and a local chapter, along with a management corporation for the Delta Gamma sorority, sued in Massachusetts state court. Stanton Jones, a lawyer for the plaintiffs in Women for sex Harvard Massachusetts federal case, said in a statement.
The rule was first imposed by the dean of Harvard College, Rakesh Khurana, in spring The announcement followed a university report that cited a disproportionate percentage of sexual assaults were linked to final clubs and frats, partly because they host a lot of booze-filled parties.
A group of students had filed a Title IX complaint against Harvard College in arguing that Women for sex Harvard Massachusetts at final clubs were ssx being addressed.
Khurana privately told students that the Title IX complaint was one reason Harvard needed to do away with all-male clubs, according to the federal suit. In addition to final clubs, it has been expanded to include single-sex fraternities and sororities and all-male and all-female singing groups.
The Hasty Pudding Club, a renowned theatrical group, cast its first women this year to comply with the policy, but it came following years of controversy about whether it would include women.
Actor Mila Kunis said earlier this year she would not Hqrvard an award from the group if it did not add women.
Undergraduate members of single-sex social clubs are barred from holding leadership positions in on-campus student groups and on athletic teams, and will Women for sex Harvard Massachusetts be endorsed by the university for coveted fellowships like the Rhodes Scholarship.
Rebecca Ramos, Masscahusetts graduated from Harvard in and was the Delta Gamma chapter Women for sex Harvard Massachusetts, told BuzzFeed News that administrators started asking undergrads in fellowship interviews and law ses interviews if they were involved in single-sex groups or if they agreed with the new policy against such clubs.
The way Harvard has targeted all-male groups violates Title Massachusettts, the federal suit argued, because the university is peddling stereotypes about how people of a specific gender Hot ladies seeking nsa Scottish Borders supposed to act. The one remaining all-female group, Alpha Phi, now has just 20 members, down from a few years ago.
In Decemberthe Harvard Corporation, a university governing body, voted to lock in the rule in order to strike down the influence of final clubs. Lee, a leader of the Harvard Corporation, a university governing body, stated at the time.
But the suits noted that Harvard created special exceptions that make the rules unfair. For instance, staff members of the Harvard Crimson student newspaper and members of student government may be members Harvarf single-sex clubs.
Others merged all-male with all-female groups. The Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority became a coed social club.
The lawsuits seek an injunction on the Harvard rule against belonging to a single-sex organization. Contact Tyler Kingkade at tyler. Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.