Fraternity Roast

Syracuse University adhered to its own guidelines for disciplinary proceedings against fraternity members who participated in a videotaped roast of pledges, an appeals court in New York ruled. The roast which included skits that included racist and sexist slurs and depicted “simulated sexual activity and sexual violence” directed at people imitating women and a disabled person.

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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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