Harvard University Sued by Fraternities and Sororities Over Its Discriminatory Single-Sex Rule

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Harvard University’s controversial prohibition of single-sex student groups just came under fire. As reported by a number of news outlets, six sororities and fraternities have filed a series of sex discrimination lawsuits against the famous Harvard University. It is alleged, the school administration have threatened and intimidated the students, as well as violated their rights to free association. The Typical Student team learned more about the controversy.

How Did Students React to Harvard’s Discriminatory Policies?




Previously, Harvard’s policy of penalizing students who want to  join single-sex groups has had a negative impact on all-female social organizations. As told by The Boston Globe, the discriminatory policy has “eliminated all-female social organizations and shut down their gathering spaces.” In response to Harvard’s policies, a federal lawsuit that was filed along with a separate Massachusetts suit.

How Do Harvard Students Comment On The Situation?




In the lawsuit, female students at Harvard drew a parallel between the Ku Klux Klan and Harvard policies: “A Harvard undergraduate could join the American Nazi party, or could create an off-campus undergraduate chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, without running afoul of the sanctions policy, or any other Harvard student-conduct policy. Those groups may be heinous but they are co-ed, so under Harvard’s rules, its students may belong without any threat of sanction.”

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