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Yale fraternity under fire for only allowing Christians

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A Yale student has filed papers to start a local chapter of Beta Upsilon Chi, which is the largest Christian fraternity in the country, on campus. However, the fraternity only admits Christians, according to its national office.

"If this is a group that completely excludes non-Christians who want to learn more about faith or get to know people of the faith, then I think it might step on some problematic anti-discrimination grounds," said law student Sheela Ramesh.

Yale has a non-discrimination policy for its recognized fraternities, which means the local chapter of Beta Upsilon Chi would not be able to receive funding. Currently, there is a Jewish fraternity on campus, but it allows anyone to join.

"If they want to make their own safe space, they could have a Bible study group," said law student Kendra Dawsey.

The dean, which oversees fraternities, was unavailable to comment on whether BYX would be recognized on campus.

"I can imagine if you weren't Christian, you might not want to join the fraternity," said graduate student Leslie Park."I don't even know if they need to set up such a strict rule."

"Because women are part of a protected class of formerly oppressed in this country, it's OK," Ramesh said. "I don't necessary know that Christians fall into that category."

Student planning to start the Beta Upsilon Chi chapter, also known as BYX, at Yale University declined to comment to Eyewitness News.

Beta Upsilon Chi plans to start rushing new members in the spring.

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