The nation's oldest university has formally recognized Harvard College Munch, an alternative sex club on campus that promotes discussions and safe practices of kinky sex.
The Committee on Student Life approved it on Friday, the first group of its kind recognized in the school's 376-year history.
"Applications for recognition are decided by a student-faculty committee following the review of a committee composed of students and administrators," Harvard spokesman Jeff Neal said in a statement Tuesday. "The college does not endorse the views or activities of any independent student organization."
The decision was made more than a year after members began meeting informally over meals. The group started with seven people and now has about 30 members.
Organizers say the group is for students interested in kink and alternative sexualities to meet and organize relevant events including speakers, discussions, and screenings.
Harvard's Crimson school newspaper quoted one of the group's founders as saying that this recognition gives Munch "legitimacy" and opens the door to apply for grants, post notices, and secure places to meet.