Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Students at what used to be called Randolph-Macon Women’s College (now Randolph College) will have their breach-of-contract claim against the school heard by the Virginia Supreme Court. For the first 115 years of its life the school admitted only women, and the students claim that its decision to become coeducational last year breached its promise to them that they would enjoy a single-sex education. The school, which has an enrollment of 715 students, says it had to start admitting men to keep itself competitive.
Another interesting wrinkle to the case is the claim that donors who contributed to the school over the years did so in reliance on its historic mission -- educating women -- and that the school has an obligation to continue that mission.