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Harvard sorority to close in response to policy on single-gender clubs

In a statement issued by Delta Gamma, the organization’s national president was critical of Harvard’s policy.

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The Zeta Phi-Cambridge Area chapter of the Delta Gamma organization at Harvard University will close. –Hadley Green / The New York Times

A national sorority has announced that its Harvard University chapter will close, in what appears to be the first dissolution of a student organization in response to the Ivy League school’s adoption two years ago of penalties for members of single-gender student clubs.

The Zeta Phi-Cambridge Area chapter of the Delta Gamma organization voted in May to relinquish its charter, and after a 60-day comment period, leaders of the national organization voted unanimously to close the chapter, according to a statement.

A Delta Gamma spokeswoman and leaders of the Harvard chapter could not be reached for comment Sunday evening.