Wesleyan Must Pay Fraternity Nearly $400K After Shutting It Down Over Gender Dispute

Not all juries are as excited about social justice as universities are.

Wesleyan University developed a new coed mandate designed to take place during the 2015-2016 academic year, which required fraternities to accept women over a three-year transition period. However, accepting women into its ranks violated the national fraternity's governing rules (because, you know, they are fraternities, not sororities.) One fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon, disagreed with the Draconian mandate, but submitted a plan to comply with it nonetheless. 

In spite of their compliance plan, President Michael Roth shut down the fraternity house on the evening before school started. In turn, DKE sued the school. They claimed the university lets every other identity group live together in separate housing except fraternities, so why not fraternities? The College Fix has the details on what the university was trying to do:

Wesleyan claimed at trial that DKE never intended to comply with the plan to let women join fraternities, so it was justified kicking the fraternity members out on short notice and depriving the house’s owner – DKE’s alumni chapter, the Kent Literary Club – of rent for the past two years.

The jury disagreed and awarded the Kent Literary Club $386,000, saying Wesleyan violated state trade law, interfered with DKE’s business relationships and “made negligent misrepresentations.”

"See, on TV it’s always greedy capitalist businessmen who act this way," wrote, Glenn Reynolds on Instapundit. "Now the fraternities need to go on the offensive, demanding pro-Bro diversity training for all administrators, and pushing gender diversity at the Title IX office." According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Wesleyan is unfriendly to liberty and has earned its red-light rating.

The fact that a court ruled that Roth "grossly exceeded his authority" is a huge win for the fraternity and a huge win for common sense. "Warning to social justice warriors in presidential palaces," Greg Piper wrote. "Juries don’t automatically share your enlightened authoritarianism."

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​h/t The College Fix