I’ll never understand the thinking behind this policy, it seems like punishment.

The College Fix reports:

All-male club succumbs to Harvard threats, pledges to go coed

Two years after it voted to admit several women to its all-male club in response to Harvard University threats, the Fox Club kicked out its “provisional” female members, daring Harvard to punish the members of the unrecognized social group.

Now a year later, the Fox Club has slunk back to its burrow with its tail between its legs.

The Harvard Crimson reports that the club is going coed (again), the only surprise on the list of 15 “Recognized Social Organizations” that was posted on the dean of students’ page Friday.

The RSOs have been vetted by the college as “primarily social” groups that “do not discriminate on the basis of gender.”

Most of the others, including every women-only club at Harvard, had already pledged to go gender-neutral following the university’s final policy that discriminates against students who are members of single-sex groups. According to the Crimson, three clubs including the Fox were formerly male-only social groups and two were fraternities.

Clubs did not want their members to be barred from campus leadership positions and athletic captaincies, or ineligible for recommendations for prestigious fellowships, because of the clubs’ single-sex status.

Originally invoked as a way to fight sexual assault in Harvard’s unrecognized Greek life and social-club scene, the penalties on single-sex club members were later justified as a way to fight “elitism.” Functionally they only killed off women-only groups at Harvard.