CUA Same-Sex Dorms do not Discriminate

CUA Same-Sex Dorms do not Discriminate November 30, 2011

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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