reaffirms its ban on single-sex organizations, #female
clubs will become "gender-focused," while all-male organizations will be slapped with sanctions.
In May 2016, Harvard University banned single-sex clubs, stating such groups "propagated exclusionary values" and maintained "forms of #privilege
." The ban, which bars members of #singlesexorganizations
positions, athletic teams, and #scholarships
, targets all single-sex organizations from finals clubs to #fraternities
While many at Harvard championed the new policy as a necessary antidote to the campus's #sexualassault
problem, others were concerned about how the ban would impact single-sex female groups. Legions of #female #students
protested across campus and #HearHerHarvard
became an online rallying cry. #TheCrimson
felt the ban was unfairly targeting " #spacesforwomen
," yet hailed the ban's treatment of #maleorganizations
as rightfully addressing "the role exclusionary social organizations play in perpetuating outdated notions of #elitism
, and #exclusivity
on campus." In December, after months of debate, Harvard reaffirmed the ban on single-sex organizations. While all-male groups will be immediately punished by their choice to remain sex exclusive, all-female groups will be given up to a five-year grace period during which they could remain " #gender
-focused" while complying with the policy.
This update to the ban has caused a handful of groups to go gender neutral; most notably, Harvard's #KappaKappaGamma
chapter—now The Fleur-de-Lis—is the first #sorority
to become #genderneutral
since the ban in 2016. Recruitment for gender-neutral group's like The Fleur-de-Lis will be open to #allgenders
, yet activities held within the group are "gender-focused," according the the group's press release. Though such "gender-focused" organizations are encouraged to move towards full inclusion, Harvard's policy seems like a semantic loophole to allow certain groups (i.e., women's groups) to remain essentially single-sex while punishing the disfavored groups (i.e., men's groups).