Three female students filed suit today against Yale University and nine fraternities seeking to make fraternity membership co-ed among other issues.

“These students’ accusations against Yale’s fraternities and their national organizations are baseless and unfounded,” said Joan Gilbride, attorney for the fraternities. “This theory of liability was already resoundingly rejected just last month by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities in a written decision. We look forward to vigorously defending this action in court, as we successfully did before the state Commission.”

Fraternities believe that single-sex student organizations should be an option — a choice — for students. And so should co-ed student organizations. Students should have the choice to join the groups that best fit their developmental needs.