CUA Same-Sex Dorms do not Discriminate

That was actually a pretty fast decision:

A District of Columbia government agency says Catholic University does not discriminate against its students by forcing them to live in single-sex dorms.

Catholic University went back to single-sex dorms for incoming freshmen this school year. University president John Garvey wrote in the Wall Street Journal in June that the change would reduce binge drinking and “hooking up.”

A George Washington University law professor, John Banzhaf, filed a complaint with the district’s Office of Human Rights arguing that the practice constitutes sex discrimination. On Tuesday, the office dismissed his complaint, writing that single-sex dorms are not discriminatory because they don’t treat men and women differently. The order says that under Banzhaf’s reasoning, the university would be forced to abandon single-sex sports teams, locker rooms and bathrooms.

Banzhaf, of course, is still pursuing action against CUA for supposed “discrimatory practices” against Muslim students who — it must be emphasized — are not complaining and have stated their preference for the pontifical University because they respect its religiosity.

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  • Manny

    Finally some sanity in the world. I’m referring to the same sex dorm decision. To be honest I cannot believe that any college can contemplate same sex dorms. Something in society has gone very wrong.

  • CV

    I wonder if the brilliant legal thinker Bazhaf thought about the existence of same sex bathrooms, locker rooms, etc. throughout the world of education (not to mention the rest of civilization from health clubs to truck stops, etc.) before filing his “complaint.”

    And this towering intellectual figure teaches LAW. At one of the most expensive universities in the country. And is probably tenured (meaning lifetime employment) to boot.

    What’s wrong with this picture?

  • cathyf

    Interesting pattern — a employee of one business (GWU) constantly sues a competitor business in the same town (CU) for providing the same service with slightly different amenities.

  • Davidt

    So, it appears that according to the reasoning in the decision, the same-sex tents at Zuccotti Park, ARE discriminatory, since no equivalents for males were established.