A Yale student group has waged a war on the university fraternities and will use Title IX to force them into admitting women—while letting female-only sororities off the hook.
Engender, a group led by students of Yale, claims it will lobby the university—citing Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on gender, and internal Yale policies against discrimination—to issue sanctions against male-only fraternities.
Will McGrew, a co-director of the organization, told Yale News that it’s a “logical next step” to approach the Yale administration “because all of these organizations fall under the purview of Yale legally, either because they are registered as Yale organizations or it is literally all Yale students that constitute them.”
The group’s co-directors also said that allowing only men to join fraternities is a form of sex discrimination and the university has a responsibility to address the issue as it falls under the Title IX and Yale’s policies about gender discrimination.
Interestingly, the group doesn’t have an official position when it comes to female-only sororities. McGrew explained this by suggesting that unlike fraternities, exclusively female groups are intimate associations and don’t affect social trends at the university in the same manner.
The student effort to target fraternities, however, might ultimately fail. According to the Department of Justice Title IX manual, “Title IX exemptions include the membership policies of certain university-based social fraternities and sororities.”