Harvard proposing to ban fraternities and similar groups will protect its students from the abusive and depraved behavior that some of them encourage, argues Whitney Kimball of Jezebel. The university does so in light of sexual assaults, fatal and underage alcohol consumption and racist themed parties. Much of this shameful conduct was encouraged or perpetuated by fraternities. Other colleges already understand this, having banned them long ago. Harvard is putting an end to toxic groups that spread peer-pressure and bullying to an abusive degree. It is making its students, particularly female ones safer, which warrants praise.
The banning of fraternities, sororities and final clubs by Harvard University sets a dangerous precedent that dismisses the freedom of association to impose its dogma, asserts Noah Davonte-Smith of National Review. Stopping sexual assault is a must, but a blanket ban on every single college group is overly restrictive. Fraternities and sororities can be allies in the mission to make campus safer, pushing them aside disregards all of their positive aspects. Reforming them could achieve this mission while still giving students freedoms to gather in groups. If the ban stands, more overbearing rules that disband fundamental rights might follow.