Yale University and several of the fraternities active on its campus face a lawsuit from three female students who accuse them of gender discrimination and encouraging sexual harassment.
According to the students, their legal action comes after several efforts to prompt university administration and fraternity leadership to allow women and nonbinary students to join the fraternities. The women, as part of a student advocacy group, argue that integrating women into a fraternity will reduce the likelihood of sexual misconduct among fraternity members.
In response, one fraternity granted women access to their rush program, but eventually denied them membership, citing national chapter restrictions on accepting females.
The university's response pointed to a report released by the college dean that examined student perceptions of Greek life and confirmed the school's commitment to discipline sexual misconduct on campus. The Dean also stated he has no authority to sanction fraternities, as they are not officially part of the university.
A statement from the North American Interfraternity Conference argues that "single-sex student organizations should be an option - a choice - for students." Asha Prihar & Audrey Steinkamp "Female students sue Yale, frats" yaledailynews.com (Feb. 13, 2019).