Catholic U to be Sued Over Eliminating Coed Dorms

Campus Reform Reporter

In a June 13th op-ed to the The Wall Street Journal, Catholic University President John Garvey announced that the institution would be phasing out coeducational dorms.  Garvey cited increases in casual sex and binge drinking as reasons for the university's decision to return to single-sex housing.

"I would have thought that young women would have a civilizing influence on young men," said Garvey.  "Yet the causal arrow seems to run the other way.  Young women are trying to keep up [drinking] - and young men are encouraging them (maybe because it facilitates hooking up)." 

Now, a professor at the George Washington University is to sue Catholic for discrimination.

Professor John F. Banzhaf, who teaches law at GW, claims that eliminating coed dorms at Catholic is a violation of the District of Columbia's Human Right's Act.  The law bans discrimination in employment, housing and public accomodations on the basis of several factors, including sex.

According to Inside Higher Ed, Banzhaf ackowledges that students wouldn't necessarily be "disadvantaged" by single-sex housing.  Nevertheless, he argues that the DC statute prohibits the act of segregating public accomodations on the basis of sex at all.  "Banzhaf likens Catholic's move to a 'separate but equal' secenario", said Inside Higher Ed's Allie Grasgreen. 

A win in the courts for Banzhaf could have a detrimental effect on public and private institutions across the country.  Setting such a precedent could mean more government control of private universities, including hiring practices, admissions, and public accomodations. 

Banzhaf's legal argument could even open the door for the desegregation of public restroom facilities and prevent religious institutions from considering faith in their hiring decisions.

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