Students on campuses across the country can celebrate a victory as their rights were affirmed with the successful conclusion of a pair of lawsuits filed by sororities, fraternities and individual students challenging a Harvard sanctions policy that punished students who belong to off-campus, single-sex social organizations. The case has been settled on undisclosed terms.

Stand Up To Harvard response to Harvard’s decision to drop discriminatory sanctions policy:

June 29, 2020— Dani Weatherford, CEO of the National Panhellenic Conference, and Judson Horras, CEO of the North American Interfraternity Conference, released the following joint statement on Harvard’s decision to drop its sanctions policy:

While we believe the discriminatory nature of Harvard’s policy was apparent long ago, we are nonetheless gratified to see that Harvard will no longer seek to enforce such an unlawful policy.

Our focus has always been on the freedom of association rights of students and on the particularly acute harm that this policy has done to women’s-only organizations on Harvard’s campus. Today’s announcement from the university is nothing short of an admission that their policy was misguided and openly discriminatory based on sex. This should serve as a lesson to Harvard and other universities—students are free to associate with other students without regard to their gender, and targeting single-sex student organizations is illegal and wrong.

While we are pleased that this policy will no longer hang over Harvard students, we are also painfully aware that its effects will linger – particularly for women’s-only organizations that were decimated by this policy.