Harvard College’s recent decision to punish single-sex clubs isn’t going over so well as sorority recruitment has dropped nearly 60% compared to last year. Only 100 students were interested in rushing the sororities on campus, a huge decline from the 290 students who had rushed the previous year.
The Cambridge Panhellenic Council is the governing board of these sororities and they don’t appear to support this decision from Harvard. In a member recruitment packet they wrote that, “while Harvard’s sanctions claim to support women’s right to make their own decisions, these sanctions actually force women to choose between the opportunity to have supportive, empowering women-only spaces and external leadership opportunities.”
Harvard’s new policy restricts students involved in single-sex clubs from holding leadership positions on campus, including all sports teams, as well as being ineligible for receiving financial support from certain fellowships at the school.