Letter to the Editor
John F. Banzhaf, Professor of Public Interest Law, George Washington University Law School
September 22, 2011
Filed under Quill
To the Editor:
I have filed a sex-discrimination complaint against President Garvey because his decision to force all on-campus students into sex-segregated dormitories — rather than leaving the choice between mixed-gender and single-gender dorms to students as it is at most (including many Catholic) universities, and as it has been at CUA for decades — is illegal, and not just because a growing number of students object.
However, I am looking for more students who object to mandated sexual segregation with the courage to do more than just gripe. Students and student organizations who might be willing to join as plaintiffs (even if anonymously) in a parallel legal action in court should contact me confidentially.
In the meantime, students should know:
* the author of the major study Garvey relied upon says his work doesn’t support sex-segregated dorms
* a major Catholic study says the evidence that sex-segregated dorms will reduce hookups is only circumstantial, and suggests other better steps
* although CUA says it’s concerned about student drinking, it hasn’t joined a consortium of many leading universities finding common-sense science-based solutions
* there’s no legal reason why Garvey can’t explain, especially to his own students, why he thinks his plan is legal – he’s just stonewalling
* the big bucks CUA will spend defending (and probably losing) this legal action could better be spent on its students
JOHN F. BANZHAF III, B.S.E.E., J.D., Sc.D.
Professor of Public Interest Law
George Washington University Law School