Sororities, Frats, Sports Teams All Forced to File ‘Gender Exclusivity’ Waivers
At a small private school in New York, student groups of many kinds will need to apply for 'permission' to exist as is
In a state that recognizes 31 official genders — including hijra pangender, two spirit, and gender gifted — some New York universities are now jumping on the transgender/gender nonconforming train to who knows where.
Beginning in the fall of 2019, the University of Rochester, a small, private college about a six-hour drive northwest of Manhattan will compel all gender-specific student groups, including fraternities, sororities and sports teams to apply for permission to continue to exist as is.
The weapon of choice is a burdensome annual waiver process to maintain their gender-specific status.
LifeZette recently obtained a copy of the new policy.
It was ratified by the University of Rochester’s Student Association Senate on March 25.
It reads, in part:
We recognize that certain organizations have eligibility requirements based on gender that are either required in order to comply with national policies, provide opportunities to participate in certain competitive leagues, or are otherwise deemed essential to the mission of the organization. We recognize the harm that these gender-exclusive policies can have on members of the transgender, nonbinary, and gender-variant communities, and that these students do not currently have the same access as others to the opportunities and resources that these gender-exclusive organizations provide.
Anthony Pericolo, a vice president of one of the fraternities on campus, believes that animosity toward exclusive groups, specifically against fraternities, is driving the new policy.
“The whole debacle started with one guy who tried to get into a fraternity, but never did, and ever since then, has been trying to shut down fraternities,” Pericolo told LifeZette via Facebook Chat.
“Just before graduation last year, he ‘sued’ fraternities through the student government judicial branch, which led to the decision that single-gender organizations cause ‘direct harm’ to transgender and nonbinary students. While I speak from a perspective of fraternities, it’s important to note that a cappella groups and sports are also affected,” added Pericolo.
LifeZette also reached out to the University of Rochester but did not hear back by the time of publication.
The consequences of not complying with the new policy are severe, according to Pericolo.
“Fraternities and sororities would lose their accreditation status from the school, and would face punitive restrictions, such as loss of recruitment or the inability to hold events,” he said. “Sports teams and a cappella groups are funded through the school, so they will not only lose their funding, but they will cease to be recognized as an official organization and be prohibited from travel.”
But there’s more to the policy than attempting to redress the so-called harm inflicted on the transgender, nonbinary, and gender-variant communities.
It’s obvious that the goal of the new policy is indoctrination. And it reads like a page straight from the Left’s playbook, as evidenced by the following:
“We recommend the implementation of a comprehensive educational plan by January 2019 to provide students and student organization leaders opportunities to be educated on the issues faced by the transgender and gender nonconforming communities. We recommend that these educational efforts include, but not be limited to:
1.) Safe Zone and other trainings for students focused on building cultural awareness and solidarity with the transgender, nonbinary, and gender-variant communities and with the LGBTQ+ community more broadly.
2.) Education on empowering students to be agents of change when dealing with external governing bodies and on creating meaningful dialogue with governing bodies to work towards more inclusive policies.
3.) Education for student organization leaders on how to craft a membership policy that is as inclusive as possible and to otherwise avoid gendered language in the constitution.
4.) Education for Club Sports Organizations about finding and joining more inclusive leagues.
Despite the recommendations, Pericolo is not budging from his common-sense conviction: “This policy does not make the lives of students better. It is meant to address a problem that isn’t there,” he told LifeZette.
He added, “People forget that there is a reason that sports, fraternities, and a cappella groups are single gender, and it is not meant to discriminate against anyone. The explicit purpose of a cappella groups is to produce a certain sound, and men have different vocal tones than women. The student government decision came about because of an extremely loud, vocal minority.”
These days, that’s almost always the case.
Elizabeth Economou is a former CNBC staff writer and adjunct professor. Follow her on Twitter.