Wesleyan University committed an “abuse of power” when it abruptly canceled Delta Kappa Epsilon housing on campus for next year, in a dispute over the transition to coeducational housing, according to a lawsuit filed by the fraternity and its alumni chapter, The Wesleyan Argus reports.
The frat said it was faithfully working to comply with Wesleyan’s mandate for coeducational residential fraternity housing, but the university ramped up the timeline with little warning:
“Nevertheless, instead of the three year’s time promised, the University fast-tracked its decision to deny DKE housing rights less than five months after its initial demand, and two days before the University’s housing selection process began,” the press release reads.
DKE is accusing the school of singling it out for discriminatory treatment, when every other interest group gets its own housing:
“Wesleyan embraces every other person’s right to live together based on gender, race, creed or sexual affiliation, but with the coeducation mandate in the fall this seems to not apply to us,” [DKE President Terence] Durkin said. “Discrimination is wrong no matter what form it takes, and the university has unfairly singled us out in order to achieve their brand of ‘diversity.’”
Durkin said the school gave the frat “a mere 10 days notice” to finalize coeducation: “We simply want to be given back our right to live in our own house, and to continue to be strong supporters of all that is great about the Wesleyan community.”
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