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Social Group Sanctions

Pamplona Outside
Student Life

Bee Club Buzzes into Former Café Pamplona Location

The all-female Bee Club has its own clubhouse once again, thanks to a $2.2 million purchase of the building that formerly housed Café Pamplona by the club’s president, a College junior.

Empty Campus 2020

Ten Stories That Shaped 2020

The past twelve months were a year like no other for Harvard and the world. Under the backdrop of a once-in-a-century pandemic, students took classes from all over the globe, while pushing for social change at the University and on the political stage. Here, The Crimson reviews ten stories that defined 2020 at Harvard.

Bee & Delphic
College

Harvard Drops Social Group Sanctions

The University announced in June that it would drop its controversial sanctions against single-gendered social organizations following a Supreme Court ruling on sex discrimination.

Khurana 1
College

Khurana Defends Principles Behind Defunct Social Group Sanctions

Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana defended the principle behind Harvard’s sanctions targeting single gender social organizations in a Friday interview.

Bee & Delphic
College

Delphic and Bee Clubs’ Three-Year Marriage Ends

The co-ed Delphic-Bee Club will split into the all-male Delphic Club and the all-female Bee Club three years after merging, according to club affiliates.

Harvard Law School Recruitment
College

Harvard Law Professors Split on Legal Reasoning Behind Dropping Social Group Sanctions

Harvard Law School professors are split on the validity of University President Lawrence S. Bacow’s legal arguments in his Monday announcement that the University would abandon its social group sanctions in response to a recent Supreme Court decision on sex discrimination.

University Hall
College

Exhibits Attached to Final Club Suit Detail Internal Debates Over Selling the Sanctions

In court filings this week, a trove of documents — including internal Harvard communications and official reports — were released as part of the federal lawsuit over sanctions on members of final clubs and single-gender Greek organizations.

Rakesh Khuarana
College

With End of Sanctions, Khurana Bids Signature Policy Proposal Goodbye

University President Lawrence S. Bacow announced Monday afternoon that Harvard has dropped its social group sanctions as a result of a recent Supreme Court decision on sex discrimination, dismantling Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana’s most high-profile undertaking since beginning his post.

University Hall
College

Harvard Drops Social Group Sanctions Following Supreme Court Sex Discrimination Decision

Harvard will not enforce its social group sanctions as a result of a recent Supreme Court decision on sex discrimination, University President Lawrence S. Bacow wrote in an email Monday afternoon.

Harvard Yard
College

Federal Judge Grants Anonymity to Student Plaintiffs in Sanctions Lawsuit

Two Harvard College students suing Harvard over its sanctions against unrecognized single-gender social groups will be allowed to move forward with their lawsuit using pseudonyms, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

The Fly Club at Night
College

State Court Denies Harvard Motion to Dismiss Sanctions Lawsuit

A Suffolk Superior Court judge denied Harvard’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit slamming the University’s sanctions against single-sex organizations on January 9.

Porcellian Club Gate
College

Harvard Sanctions Single-Gender Social Clubs

In May 2016, University administrators imposed punitive sanctions on members of final clubs, sororities, and fraternities — a move that shook the social foundations of Harvard College during the latter half of the decade.

Dean O'Dair Interview
College

Three Years After Introduction of Sanctions, Some Groups’ Exemption Statuses Still Unclear

Though Harvard first announced its sanctions policy three years ago, the College has not yet decided whether to subject some student groups  — including House Committees and Diversity Peer Educators — to the penalties.

Harvard Yard
College

In First State Court Hearing, Lawyers for Harvard and Single-Gender Social Groups Spar Over Sanctions

Attorneys for Harvard and single-gender social organizations presented opposing views of Harvard’s contentious social group sanctions in state court on Wednesday afternoon.

Tourists in the Yard Weather
Politics

House Committee Approves Bill Imperiling Harvard Sanctions

A Congressional committee has approved a bill tying federal education funding to students’ freedom of association, threatening Harvard’s ability to enforce its controversial penalties on single-sex social organizations.

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