Instead of choosing to comply with the same rules that other single gender groups have been forced to follow a group of women have chosen a third option that Harvard University never put on the table for its students. The two options that were put out on the table by Harvard University was single gender student groups could either choose to go co-ed and allow members of both genders to join their groups or they could choose to forfeit opportunities that Harvard University offers the rest of its students. For the women of Delta Gamma option C was the choice to completely shut down their sorority. The announcement that they had chosen their own option C was made Thursday as it became public knowledge that the Zeta Phi Cambridge Area chapter would close Thursday.
The ladies who make up the sorority claim that the decision to close their doors and disband the sorority was not an easy decision to make. However, despite how difficult a choice option C was it was the only decision that they felt they could make because they felt that the value of sorority is too great. In a press release that announced their decision the sorority blamed Harvard University’s sanctions as the reason for them closing their doors and ending the sorority’s affiliation with Harvard University.
The University gave single gender student groups an ultimatum to either open their doors to everybody and become co-ed or find themselves banned from holding leadership positions, captaining varsity athletic teams, and winning university endorsement for fellowships that may have been available to them their time at Harvard came to an end, in an attempt to make the University feel more inclusive. Harvard University first announced the new sanctions in 2016 and saw them take effect the following year in 2017.
The decision that Harvard’s Delta Gamma chapter made to disband was made back in May following a vote by its local members. The following 60 days after the vote to disband the sorority took place were a comment period. The sorority is the first group to decide not to bow down to the pressure of Harvard and change its ways instead electing to close its doors before they allow the liberal controlled university the satisfaction of changing how things are done.
Other groups were not as strong as the women who made up Harvard’s Delta Gamma chapter and have chosen to comply with the university’s new policies opening their doors to everybody no matter what their gender may be, or disaffiliating themselves from their national organizations.
Delta Gamma’s national president, Wilma Johnston let it be known that the sorority fully support the local chapters decision to disband when she took time to talk to the media and said, “we respect the chapter’s decision and understand that the University’s sanctions resulted in an environment in which Delta Gamma could not thrive. We sincerely hope that this changes in the future.”
The press release from the local Delta Gamma chapter read, “this decision does not mean that we are succumbing to the University’s new sanctions and policies regarding participation in unrecognized single gender organizations like ours…We will continue to champion our right to exist on campuses everywhere.”