Harvard is being sued for claims that an offensive against single-sex social clubs at the Boston-area university is tantamount to sex discrimination.
Several of the sororities and fraternities filed lawsuits On Monday, he challenged a political adopted by Harvard in 2016.
According to the policy, students who join single-sex clubs can not receive letters of endorsement from university deans for graduate scholarships.
Harvard said that the objective was to help
But the lawsuits allege that Harvard, one of the best qualified and most selective universities in the world, is discriminating against students by its sex by punishing men and women who join all the male or female organizations.
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"The Harvard's sanctions policy seeks to dictate the sex of the people with whom men and women can associate and the gender norms that must be met by men and women, "the federal complaint reads.
sanctions, the p policy states that members of single-sex clubs are prohibited from being captains of sports teams or leaders of other official student clubs.
A separate complaint in a state court alleges that Harvard's policy violates the law of Massachusetts
A lawyer for fraternities and fraternities, Stanton Jones, said in a statement that Harvard "should get out of the business of trying to dictate students who spend their time off campus," the agency said. Reuters news.
In October, a group filed a case against Harvard alleging that the admissions office discriminated against Asian applicants to boost other racial groups.
In that lawsuit, it is alleged that the university illegally weighs the race when considering an applicant, forcing Asian-Americans to comply with a higher bar.