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Federal Court Ruling Allows Fraternities to be All-Male The Associated Press reports from Hartford, Connecticut, as published in newspapers dated February 6, 2020, the following (some passages not pertinent to this issue have been deleted from this article): \

“A federal judge has dismissed nearly all claims in a lawsuit that sought to force all-male fraternities at Yale University to admit women, saying both fraternities and sororities are specifically excluded from a federal law that bans discrimination based on gender in education. 

U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden in Bridgeport issued the ruling Jan. 30 in the lawsuit filed last year by three women who attend Yale. They sued nine fraternities and Yale in response to alleged sexual assault, harassment and discrimination at the all-male social organizations. 

Bolden cited an exemption in the federal Title IX gender equality law in dismissing most of the lawsuit’s claims. The ruling came in response to motions to dismiss filed by Yale and the fraternities.  

‘The gender exclusive nature of the Fraternity Defendants is at the root of the Plaintiffs’ alleged hostile educational environment claim,’ Bolden wrote in his ruling. ‘But …Congress has expressly limited Title IX and made the membership practices of the Fraternity Defendants beyond Title IX’s scope.’ 

Lawyers for the women have said they believe this was the first lawsuit by students against a university seeking to ‘gender integrate’ fraternities. 

The North American Interfraternity Conference, a national advocacy group for fraternities, hailed the ruling as a victory for single-sex organizations.” 

The deleted portions of this article referred to the women’s sexual assault and harassment claims. Pi Kappa Alpha does not have a chapter at Yale. Previous articles in our e-letters, re the termination of Pi Lambda Phi on Penn’s campus, made reference to the integration of female members into fraternities. It appears, for the time being, that fraternities will not be required to allow women as members.