No Freedom Of Association At Harvard

Jul 17, 2017

Last year, Harvard University sought to punish students who joined single-sex organizations. Punishments ranged from barring individuals from becoming captains of sports teams or “receiving the dean's endorsement for certain fellowships.” This year, a Harvard committee is proposing to ban such clubs altogether. The recommended policy reads, “Harvard students may neither join nor participate in final clubs, fraternities or sororities, or other similar private, exclusionary social organizations that are exclusively or predominantly made up of Harvard students, whether they have any local or national affiliation, during their time in the College.” Many students have spoken out against the proposed ban. The proposal will have to be approved by the president of the university.