College Party

A student failed to state a claim for negligence against York College of Pennsylvania relating to serious injuries she sustained when she fell from a balcony after consuming alcohol as a minor at a sorority mixer party, a federal court in the state ruled. The student has not alleged that she was coerced into drinking or manipulated into jumping off the balcony.

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Fraternities

A federal court in Connecticut dismissed a group of female undergraduate students’ Title IX claims against a group of fraternities, housing companies and Yale University relating to fraternities’ refusal to allow female members. One of the students, however, has plausibly claimed a hostile educational environment based on her allegations of being sexually assaulted and witnessing other assaults at fraternity events.

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Frats’ Civil Rights Claims Can Proceed

A federal court ruled that two fraternities and two students can pursue their discrimination claims against Harvard University relating to its policy that prohibits students who become members of “unrecognized single-gender social organizations” from holding leadership positions in recognized student organizations or athletic teams.

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