CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — One of Harvard's social clubs has reverted back to its traditional male-only status after nine women were stripped of their membership.

The Boston Globe reports the women were granted provisional membership at the Fox Club after alumni members, known as graduate members, failed to pass a vote on allowing women in the club in August 2016. Several men also took provisional status in solidarity.

After the provisional status expired last month, the graduate board decided only male provisional members could reapply for graduate membership.

The Rev. Douglas Sears, who served as graduate board president when the women joined, calls the decision a "travesty" and says the women should be members.

The current graduate board president, club members and several of the women have declined to comment.

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Information from: The Boston Globe