This afternoon, President Michael Roth ’78 sent out an email informing the campus community that DKE has won its lawsuit against the University. The trial, which was public, began on June 6th, and President Roth testified on June 7th.
The original suit was filed by DKE and Kent Literary Society, which is DKE’s alumni chapter. DKE accused the University of discrimination and deceptive practices in its handling of DKE after the decision that all fraternities on campus must be co-educated. DKE had submitted plans for co-education that did not meet the University’s requirements.
The University has not said what will happen with DKE’s house, or whether it will re-achieve program housing status. Roth states that the University is searching for further legal avenues to pursue, and the University must also decide what to do in terms of its plans for coeducation.
The full text of the email is below:
In September 2014, we announced that all residential fraternities would be required to become fully co-educational over the following three years. This decision was based on consultation with the Board of Trustees and input from the Wesleyan community, including support from students and the WSA, on how to make Wesleyan a more equitable and inclusive campus. DKE/Kent Literary Club chose not to comply with this process and, instead, sued the university.
Today a Middletown jury accepted the fraternity’s claims. Though we disagree with the decision, we appreciate the judge and jury’s time and consideration. In the days and weeks ahead, we will explore the university’s legal options.
Wesleyan believes very strongly in the principle of coeducation. We will continue to support the successfully operating co-educational residential societies on campus, Psi Upsilon and Alpha Delta Phi, as well as the myriad other student groups that make up Wesleyan’s rich campus culture.
For further reading:
- FAQ: What’s Going on with Fraternities, Sexual Assault, and the WSA? (Spring 2014)
- BREAKING: Residential Fraternities Must Become Co-Ed (Fall 2014)
- “No More Freshman Pledges,” University Tells Greek Organizations (Fall 2014)
- Pro-Fraternity Actions During Homecoming (Fall 2014)
- DKE Sues University over Gender Discrimination (Spring 2015)
- From the Argus: University Chapter of DKE Sues Wesleyan for Discrimination (Spring 2015)
- From the Argus: DKE v. Wesleyan, Explained (Spring 2015)
- From the Argus: Dear Brothers: A Case for DKE Reinstatement (Spring 2016)
- Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: Greek Life (Fall 2016)
- From the Argus: University Moves to Dismiss Case Filed by DKE (Fall 2016)
- From the Argus: DKE Lawsuit to Reach Trial After University’s Motion Fails (Spring 2017)
And Shawn Beals from the Hartford Courant has been excellently covering each chapter of the trial since it began last week:
- From the Courant: Trial Begins Tuesday In Middletown In Wesleyan Fraternity House Closure
- From the Courant: Fraternity At Trial Accuses Wesleyan Of “Moving Goal Posts” On Co-Ed Plans
- From the Courant: Trial Over Wesleyan Fraternity House Closure Focuses On DKE’s Co-Ed Plan
- From the Courant: Wesleyan President: Fraternity Did Not Take Coeducation Plans Seriously
- From the Courant: Jury Begins Deliberations In Wesleyan Fraternity House Case
- From the Courant: DKE Wins Claim Against Wesleyan In Trial Over Fraternity House Closure