L M A O. Were you hoping to come to Harvard to balance an insane course load with some fun, perhaps by joining a frat, sorority, or a Harvard-exclusive version of the two, called a final club? Guess what—you can’t. Sorry. Starting with the class of 2021, students will be penalized for joining an unrecognized single-gender social organization.
The sanctions are a move toward making the Harvard community more accessible to all students on campus and were largely enacted due to a link between sexual assault and single-gender social clubs. Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana wrote that “the most entrenched of these spaces send an unambiguous message that they are the exclusive preserves of men. In their recruitment practices and through their extensive resources and access to networks of power, these organizations propagate exclusionary values that undermine those of the larger Harvard College community.”
Former President Drew Faust, in an email to the College student body, wrote: “Although the fraternities, sororities, and final clubs are not formally recognized by the College, they play an unmistakable and growing role in student life, in many cases enacting forms of privilege and exclusion at odds with our deepest values.”
What does all this mean? In effect, students who join these groups cannot be captains of varsity athletic teams, be president or leader of a club, and are not eligible for College-sponsored fellowships. These include Rhodes Scholarships and Fulbright fellowships.