Frat boys and girls in battle with Harvard
A group of US fraternities and sororities are suing Harvard University, saying its crackdown on single-sex clubs amounted to sexual discrimination.
In lawsuits filed in federal and state courts in Boston, the group challenged a policy the elite university adopted in 2016 and began enforcing this academic year that Harvard said was intended to end long-standing practices of exclusion.
Students who join single-sex clubs may not serve as captains of sports teams or leaders of officially recognised student clubs and cannot receive endorsement letters from college deans for postgraduate fellowships.
The university was discriminating against students on the basis of their sex by punishing men and women who join all-male or all female-organisations, the lawsuits alleged.
The policy was motivated by sexism, with Harvard incorrectly seeking to link all-male organisations and fraternities to sexual assaults and contending that single-sex organisations subordinate women, they claim.