Out with the old

Harvard bans members of single-sex clubs from leadership positions on campus

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Harvard University president Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust has announced that, starting in 2017, members of single-sex clubs will be prohibited from holding leadership positions on campus. The prohibition would apply to students in Harvard’s six exclusively-male final clubs, five exclusively-female final clubs, and nine sororities and fraternities — an estimated 30 percent of all Harvard undergraduates. The new rules would prevent such students from being athletic team captains or receiving official recommendations for prestigious postgraduate fellowships and scholarships, such as the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships.

The move followed the lead of other schools, including Wesleyan, Amherst, and Middlebury, that have either banned single-sex clubs or forced them to become co-ed. Last fall, Dr. Faust said she was considering options to address exclusivity, sexual assault, and alcohol abuse in the clubs. On March 8, a report issued by a sexual assault task force assembled by the school found that all-male clubs reinforced misogynistic views, pointing to stories of “competitive games between members where a man will ‘win’ a particular woman or compete for the most sexual triumphs.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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