Catholic University Same-Sex Dorms Aren't Discriminatory: D.C. Office of Human Rights

D.C. agency dismisses complaint about same-sex dorms

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011  |  Updated 11:51 PM EDT
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Same-Sex Dorms Not Discriminatory: D.C. Human Rights

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Catholic University does not discriminate against its students by forcing them to live in single-sex dorms, according to the D.C. Office of Human Rights.

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 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.

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