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Why Harvard Has Declared War on Greek Life


After months of meetings with members of fraternities, sororities, and semi-secret social societies known as “final clubs” at Harvard University, school administrators have announced sanctions on these organizations that may spell an end to their storied existence.

Beginning with the graduating class of 2021, which will enter Harvard in 2017, members of single-sex clubs will no longer be qualified for leadership positions at the university, like athletic team captaincies.

They will also not be considered for postgraduate fellowships, like the Rhodes, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholarships.

In an email to undergraduates on Friday, Harvard President Drew G. Faust wrote that the sanctions signaled changes towards a more progressive future at the university, and that the new policy reflects the school’s commitment to “broadening opportunity and making Harvard a campus for all of its students.”