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Four Orthodox Jewish students have lost another court challenge in their claim that a sexually immodest atmosphere at Yale University’s coed dormitories violated their religious beliefs. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected claims that the New Haven, Conn., school discriminated against the students or violated federal antitrust law by requiring unmarried freshmen and sophomores under age 21 to live on campus. The three-judge panel said the students could have gone elsewhere if they didn’t like Yale’s housing rules. Their lawyer, Nathan Lewin, said he may ask the court to reconsider its Dec. 28 ruling, though all but one of the students have graduated since they sued in 1997. Some of the students got around the rule by living in off-campus apartments but still paying Yale more than $6,800 for their unused dorm rooms. They sued to get refunds and exemptions to the housing policy.

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