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Harvard University Drops Single-sex Club Ban after Lawsuit by Fraternities, Sororities

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Harvard President Lawrence Bacow mentioned it appeared clear the Ivy League college would lose the lawsuit following a landmark US Supreme Court ruling holding {that a} federal regulation barring office discrimination protects homosexual and transgender staff.

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  • Last Updated: June 30, 2020, 12:38 PM IST

Harvard University on Monday mentioned it could discontinue its coverage of sanctioning college students who joined single-sex golf equipment, citing a lawsuit by a gaggle of US fraternities and sororities who mentioned the crackdown amounted to sexual discrimination.

Harvard President Lawrence Bacow mentioned it appeared clear the Ivy League college would lose the lawsuit following a landmark US Supreme Court ruling holding {that a} federal regulation barring office discrimination protects homosexual and transgender staff.

Bacow in an e-mail to college and college students mentioned Harvard’s coverage on single-sex golf equipment didn’t concern sexual orientation and was adopted to counteract “overt” discrimination during which college students have been excluded from teams based mostly on their gender.

But he mentioned the Supreme Court’s June 15 choice had “significant implications” for Harvard’s coverage, because it upheld a choice a Boston federal decide in August relied upon in permitting the lawsuit towards the college to maneuver ahead.

Harvard stopped formally recognising single-sex golf equipment in 1984. But teams generally known as “final clubs,” casual social golf equipment a scholar joins earlier than graduating, in addition to some fraternities and sororities continued to function off campus.

The coverage at subject was adopted in 2016 and first enforced with the 2017 freshman class.

Under it, college students who joined single-sex golf equipment couldn’t function captains of sports activities groups or leaders of formally acknowledged scholar golf equipment and can’t obtain endorsement letters from faculty deans for postgraduate fellowships.

The fraternities Sigma Chi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the sororities Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma sued in 2018, saying Harvard was discriminating towards college students on the premise of their intercourse.

US District Judge Nathaniel Gorton allowed the lawsuit to maneuver ahead, discovering it plausibly alleged Harvard was discriminating based mostly on gender because it barred males however not ladies from becoming a member of all-male golf equipment and vice versa.


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