BOSTON -- Harvard University has banned men from one of its gyms for a few hours a week to accommodate Muslim women who say it offends their sense of modesty to exercise in front of the opposite sex.
The policy is already unpopular with many on campus, including some women who consider it sexist.
''I think that it's incorrect in a college setting to institute a policy in which half of the campus gets wronged or denied a resource that's supposed to be for everyone,'' said student Lucy Caldwell.
Student Ola Aljawhary, who is Muslim, rejected that argument. ''The majority should be willing to compromise,'' she said. ''I think that's just basic courtesy.''
Six Muslim women asked the university for the special hours, spokesman Robert Mitchell said.