Wesleyan University leadership has determined that if fraternities want to continue to operate on Wesleyan's campus, they need to begin accepting women, and they need to start doing it within the next 3 years.
The change in policy comes after years of fuckery from Wesleyan frats, including Beta House, a university-sanctioned living facility/unrecognized fraternity that earned the dubious nickname "Rape Factory." (Current residents Rape Factory, by the way, were evicted earlier this year after a girl was seriously injured by a fall from one of the Rape Factory's windows.)
As Business Insider points out, Wesleyan's move isn't an outright ban on fraternities, but it does force most existing frats to sever their ties to their respective national organizations, as most affiliated national organizations don't recognize chapters that allow women to join.
Here's the full email, via a tipster:
To the Wesleyan community:
As you may know, we have been considering the future role of Greek life at Wesleyan, and over the summer a great many Wesleyan alumni, students and faculty offered their views. Some have urged that we preserve the status quo; others have argued for the elimination of all exclusive social societies. The trustees and administration recognize that residential fraternities have contributed greatly to Wesleyan over a long period of time, but we also believe they must change to continue to benefit their members and the larger campus community. With equity and inclusion in mind, we have decided that residential fraternities must become fully co-educational over the next three years. If the organizations are to continue to be recognized as offering housing and social spaces for Wesleyan students, women as well as men must be full members and well-represented in the body and leadership of the organization.This change is something that Wesleyan and the fraternities have been contemplating for many years, and now the time has come. The University looks forward to receiving plans from the residential fraternities to co-educate, after which it will work closely with them to make the transition as smooth as possible.Our residential Greek organizations inspire loyalty, community and independence. That's why all our students should be eligible to join them. 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. We look forward to working with all campus constituencies to improve the residential experience of Wesleyan students now and for generations to come.
The full impact of the Board's decision on the Wesleyan community remains to be seen, but my prediction is that with the forced inclusion of women, the school's Greek residences are about to smell a lot less like a sweaty gym sock worn as a banana hammock.
Image via screengrab/Animal House