Why Harvard is Wrong
With this policy, the University has said, “If you want to be a Harvard student, the Constitution doesn’t matter.”
1. Harvard is, in word, blacklisting students for choosing opportunities that fit their needs and help them find a critical sense of belonging during their college years.
2.Harvard is interfering with students’ rights protected by the First Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, and Title IX—a dangerous precedent by one of America’s bellwether higher education institutions.
3.Harvard has singled out sororities, fraternities, and women’s and men’s final clubs—private, off-campus organizations, that explicitly have the right to exist under Title IX—and is purposely attempting to harm their ability to recruit and sustain membership by withholding rights, privileges and opportunities available to their peers who are not members of single-sex social organizations.
4.Students deserve the right to shape their own leadership and social paths, and such decisions shouldn’t be dictated to them by administrators with an axe to grind.
5.Harvard’s new policy forces conformity at the expense of individual and group rights and denies students who participate in these organizations the on-campus leadership experiences that would help fulfill its own mission of educating the future leaders of society.
6.Harvard began as a publicly funded institution, has been the recipient of billions of dollars in tax-deductible gifts and untaxed endowment income, and continues to receive more than half-a-billion dollars in annual federal research funding (based on the last year of publicly available data). Nevertheless, Harvard holds itself above such basic universal American values as those embodied in the Bill of Rights, denying students’ basic right to freedom of association.
The idea that national sorority groups are in some way pernicious or nefarious is based on false and discriminatory stereotypes.