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Wesleyan University Orders Fraternities to Become Coed

Wesleyan University in Connecticut on Monday ordered its fraternities with houses on campus to become coeducational within the next three years.

The move was announced in a letter to the university community from President Michael Roth and trustees Chairman Joshua Boger. It requires its residential Greek organizations to have both male and female members and to have each gender “well represented” in their organizational leadership to quality for housing on campus and the use of university spaces.

No sororities currently have houses on campus, and the order doesn’t affect Greek organizations with off-campus houses. “Our residential Greek organizations inspire loyalty, community and independence. That’s why all our students should be eligible to join them,” Roth and Boger wrote. “Although this change does not affect nonresidential organizations, we are hopeful that groups across the University will continue to work together to create a more inclusive, equitable and safer campus.”