MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — Members and alumni of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Wesleyan University have filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Connecticut school over a recent decision that requires all residential fraternities to become coed within three years.
Wesleyan announced the policy in September after several highly publicized issues at fraternity houses, including allegations of sexual assault.
Delta Kappa Epsilon said in a statement Thursday that it is seeking a temporary injunction in Superior Court after learning that students would not be given the option of housing at on-campus single-sex fraternities during the 2015-16 school year, the university’s student newspaper.
“Wesleyan DKE members and alumni stand united against discrimination in any form, seek injunction to restore student housing and prevent unwarranted abuse of power,” the press release reads, first reported by The Wesleyan Argus.
“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… 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.'” President of DKE Terence Durkin said, as reported by The Wesleyan Argus.
Wesleyan requires that all undergraduates live on campus.
A spokesman for the fraternity’s alumni chapter calls the school’s decision “political correctness gone wrong.”
A Wesleyan spokeswoman says the school will have a statement later Thursday.
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