FIRE Hopes Co-ed Blunder Will Soon Be Reversed

September 16, 2015

By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow

The head of a Connecticut college has decided that forcing fraternities and sororities to go co-ed would be a bad idea, and an organization that aims to defend and sustain individual rights in America’s colleges and universities agrees with that decision.

Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney has asked the board to endorse the elimination of the co-ed mandate requiring gender parity for student social clubs. Peter Bonilla, director of the Individual Rights Defense Program at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), tells OneNewsNow fraternity and sorority charters require single-gender admissions.

“What would almost certainly have resulted from this policy if it was strictly enforced was not that the fraternities and sororities would all become co-ed over a period of years, but they would simply lose their charters and lose their right to exist at the university entirely,” Bonilla explains.

Additionally, he says the mandate would have infringed on students’ right to freedom of association.

“This new policy would, among other things, have prohibited certain types of organizations from forming and even would have exposed students to punishment up to and including expulsion just for being members of social organizations that have been prohibited on campus,” the FIRE program director continues.

The board’s decision on whether or not to endorse the elimination of the mandate has not yet been announced.

Schools: Trinity College