Harvard University: Blacklisting of Final Club, Fraternity, and Sorority Students

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Harvard University

On May 6, 2016, Harvard University announced that members of independent, single-sex, off-campus organizations would be blacklisted from Rhodes and Marshall scholarships and banned from leadership of on-campus organizations or athletic teams. Starting in 2017, members of fraternities, sororities, and “final clubs” would begin to be denied these opportunities in an effort to foster “inclusion” and “address deeply rooted gender attitudes.” The organizations affected have been independent from Harvard since 1984, operate as off-campus entities, and do not receive any recognition or benefit from the university. FIRE strongly opposes Harvard University President Faust’s illiberal decision to sanction students involved in these organizations. TAKE ACTION: JOIN FIRE IN DEMANDING HARVARD RESTORE STUDENTS’ FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION RIGHTS.