We have long condemned final clubs for cultivating such a toxic campus social environment. But to impose sanctions on club members would be to recognize the institutions themselves as the sole roots of sexual assault.
It is hard for us to see how Harvard’s investment choices—measured in the tens of millions—would shape a global fossil fuel market of nearly five trillion dollars. The supposed signal that Harvard might send also seems improbable.
Ultimately, any discipline, no matter its age, must constantly change to meet the needs of its students. After all, even History and Literature, Harvard’s oldest concentration, continues to model such evolution to this day.
Given the understandable limits on how much students can do to solve the homelessness problem, the responsibility of confronting it in the Square lies with larger, more capable institutions like Harvard.