Harvard upholds rule banning students who join single-gender clubs from leadership roles
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Harvard University approved a rule on Monday that bans students who join single-gender social clubs from assuming leadership roles in other campus organizations, The Washington Post reports. 

Students who join the clubs will not be able to take leadership positions in any of the university's several hundred student clubs, become captains of sports teams or be eligible for scholarships that require the university's official endorsement. 

The May 2016 rule targets "final clubs," some of which have come under scrutiny from school administrators for their treatment of women.


Harvard President Drew Faust and governing board fellow William F. Lee said in a statement that the clubs are a "product of another era" and that the student body is "significantly different" than the clubs' typical makeup of wealthy white males. 

Fraternities, sororities and female-exclusive groups are also affected by the new rule. While the university does not officially recognize the Greek life organizations that many of its students join, Faust and Lee argued that the school should not embrace them. 

"The policy does not discipline or punish the students; it instead recognizes that students who serve as leaders of our community should exemplify the characteristics of non-discrimination and inclusivity that are so important to our campus," Faust and Lee said.