Skip to comments.Catholic University of America unfazed by legal threat over dorm change (to single sex)
Posted on 06/22/2011 7:53:09 AM PDT by markomalley
Washington D.C., Jun 22, 2011 / 02:37 am (CNA).- The Catholic University of America says its plan to house men and women separately will withstand any legal challenge from John Banzhaf, known for his lawsuits over fast food and women's bathrooms.
In a June 21 statement provided to CNA, the university said it has not received service of any legal proceedings from Professor John Banzhaf regarding the Universitys plan to phase in single-gender residence halls.
Earlier this week, a Fox affiliate in the District reported that Prof. Banzhaf had issued the school an intent-to-sue notice because of the plan. The university, however, says it is still waiting to review any legal documents if and when they are received.
Banzhaf whose own website notes that he has been called the Ralph Nader of Junk Food and the Osama bin Laden of Torts, as well as the Father of Potty Parity (for his lawsuits over restroom access) said he would sue the university for violating the District of Columbia's Human Rights Act.
The George Washington University law professor claims to have won more than 100 legal actions under that law, which he argues prohibits any discrimination based directly or indirectly upon sex unless it is strictly necessary for the entity to remain in business.
Although the law in question does prohibit institutions from discriminating on the basis of sex, it does so for the stated purpose of ensuring that every individual shall have an equal opportunity to participate fully in places of public accommodation, resort or amusement, in educational institutions, in public service, and in housing and commercial space accommodations.
The university said on Tuesday that it was confident that the law does not require men and women be housed together in residence halls.
University president John Garvey announced earlier this month that the college would be phasing out co-ed housing due to concerns about students' drinking and sexual behavior, as part of an effort to strengthen the school's Catholic identity.
God Bless CUA for its wise decision!
Eh. I went to a private secular college, where the dorm rules were: No alcohol, no inter-gender visitation, no food that isn’t prepackaged and microwavable.
Which is a crock, so I just lived off-campus. I’m an adult. If I want to come home from a day full of classes followed by 8 hours of work, cook a decent meal, have a beer and hang out with friends, by God I’m gonna do it.
They may win in court but will CUA hold firm when the Obama Administration threatens to cut off their access to federal student aid programs?
So far only Grove City and Hillsdale have called their bluff.
Beat me to it.
I agree with you. I actually went to a small, secular private university that actually gave you a choice. Co-ed or same sex. Typical cube vs. kitchenette type. The only thing we didn’t have a choice on was the beer. Not allowed in on-campus housing. Of course, that rule was pretty much ignored.