Friday, October 5, 2012

Yale University May Revoke Fraternity's Charter Due to Its Christians-Only Bylaw

Reports from Yale University indicate that the largest Christian fraternity in the nation is struggling to attain official recognition at the prestigious school because its religion-based bylaws conflict with the school's non-discrimination policy.

Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX), the largest Christian fraternity in the nation, opened its new chapter at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., in mid-September. Just days after its opening, however, the school newspaper reported that the fraternity "will have to change its membership rules if it intends to comply with Yale's anti-discrimination policies."
The fraternity only allows men who are Christian to join, although it welcomes all students to its events.

"If somebody was interested in the group and was not Christian … unfortunately, we would not allow them to be able to rush the chapter," Victor Hicks, a 2015 graduate and the chapter's founder and president, told the student-run newspaper Yale Daily News.

"Being a brother of the fraternity is being a Christian. It's one of the requirements," Hicks added.
Yale's non-discrimination policy does not allow student groups to carry the Yale name if they in any way discriminate against "sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, or national or ethnic origin," although, as Christian student news source World on Campus points out, there are exceptions, such as the student group Yale Law Women barring men from membership.

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