Harvard could deny recognition—and exemption from the College’s sanctions—to student social groups whose graduate boards it determines exert too much sway over the organizations.
"I worry [the legislation] represents an effort by Congress to regulate student life and the shape and character of private institutions in a way that threatens to undermine that diversity of choice and experience," Faust wrote.
Harvard is considering requiring gender-neutral student social groups to disclose anonymized gender breakdowns to the College in order to avoid Harvard’s sanctions, per an email obtained by The Crimson.
The students are particularly lobbying around the PROSPER Act, a proposed update to the Higher Education Act that—if passed—could force Harvard to choose between millions of dollars in federal research funding and its social group penalties.
A pro-Greek life political action committee is pushing for legislation that could imperil Harvard’s social group sanctions and has added a final club member to its board of directors.
Approximately 100 students registered to attend the first sorority recruitment event this semester, marking a significant drop from previous years.
Members and alumni of sororities across the nation took to social media Tuesday to offer support for Harvard sororities’ planned defiance of the College’s sanctions.
Kappa Kappa Gamma—the third sorority to come to Harvard—is the first campus sorority to go co-ed since the College announced its social group penalties in May 2016.
Ultimately, a proposal on advanced standing drew more argument at Tuesday’s meeting than the fate of the College’s unprecedented penalties against single-gender groups.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences will likely vote on a final motion associated with the College’s controversial social group policy at their monthly meeting Tuesday.