CONTACT: Heather Kirk, Chief Communication Officer

Statement from NIC President & CEO, Judson Horras

INDIANAPOLIS, March 29, 2017—While fraternities focus on improving campus culture and strengthening higher education partnerships, Harvard’s decision to allow only women’s groups to continue operating as single-gender organizations affirms why we must also aggressively defend students’ rights.

Harvard’s original policy trampled students’ association rights, and it now also serves as a blatant form of gender discrimination, which must be vigorously challenged.

We strongly urge Harvard to reconsider their decision and accept our repeated offers to collaborate on solutions that create greater inclusivity, improve campus culture and respect student rights.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

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Founded in 1909, the NIC is the trade association representing inter/national men’s fraternities. The NIC’s member organizations boast more than 6,000 chapters located on more than 800 campuses in the United States and Canada, with approximately 380,000 undergraduate members and nearly 5 million alumni.