Harvard Panel Calls for Ending Exclusive Clubs

A committee of Harvard faculty, staff, and students this week called for the end to the university’s exclusive organizations, including fraternities, sororities, and the secretive elite “final clubs.” The latter, in particular, has been lambasted as “products of their time,” the committee’s report said. “Due to their resistance to change over the decades, they have lapsed into products behind their time.” The school does not officially recognize Greek organizations or the final clubs, and so the panel suggested eliminating them by simply punishing students who participate in them. “Time after time, the social organizations have demonstrated behavior inconsistent with an inclusive campus culture,” the report said, “a disregard for the personhood and safety of fellow students, and an unwillingness to change—even as new students join them over generations.”