DKE Responds to Wesleyan University Decision

Delta Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity strongly disagrees with the decision by Wesleyan University to require fraternities to become coed organizations. The statement from President Roth does not mention a single specific problem that this decision is intended to resolve, not to mention how or why this step would resolve such problem(s). We believe this statement insults the intelligence of Wesleyan’s students, alumni, and other constituencies, who deserve more than vague references to “equity” and “inclusion” when explaining why the University feels it must break a 150-year old tradition, one that, as the statement says, has “contributed greatly to Wesleyan over a long period of time.”

 

Remarkably absent from the University’s statement are any facts - even opinions - about why Wesleyan feels it will be better off with coeducational fraternities. How can a highly-rated liberal arts institution implement a major policy change, without even describing to those affected by it, the problem that you are intending to solve?   We see no evidence of a rigorous, fact-based analysis of the situation - an approach one would think that Wesleyan University would embrace.    

 

The statement says “we also believe they (the fraternities) must change to continue to benefit their members and the larger campus community,” but, no reasons are provided to enlighten us as to why. It’s also curious that this decision applies only to the residential fraternities; again, no explanation provided, leaving us to wonder if there is an unstated, underlying reason for this decision.

 

All-male fraternities add a great deal to campus life at Wesleyan, not only socially but also academically, and with respect to campus and community involvement. Fraternity men are often in the lead in the campaign against sexual assault and violence against women, as well as other major issues facing college students. In fact, DKE is presenting campus wide campaigns this year for education and awareness of sexual assault and binge drinking.

 

We urge the University to reverse this decision until these issues are studied in a fair, factual, and open-minded way, so that appropriate reforms can be enacted.