Jan 12, 2015 03:55 PM EST
University of Virginia Reinstates Fraternity At Center of Rolling Stone's 'A Rape on Campus' Article
The University of Virginia (UVA) has reinstated the fraternity at the center of Rolling Stone's investigative piece on an alleged gang rape on the campus.
According to the Huffington Post, Phi Kappa Psi's chapter at UVA suspended itself when the article came out. Afterward, several publications pointed out inaccuracies and errors in reporting errors that reflected poorly on Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the author, and editorial team responsible for the article.
UVA announced last week the Fraternal Organization Agreement to go along with a new set of rules for all the school's sanctioned Greek groups to follow. The rules are designed to increase safety at parties on campus and the agreement is to hold the groups accountable to the new rules.
"We welcome Phi Kappa Psi, and we look forward to working with all fraternities and sororities in enhancing and promoting a safe environment for all," UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan said in a statement.
The police in Charlottesville are still investigating the allegations brought forward in the Rolling Stone article, a department spokesman Gary Pleasants told the HP. As of right now, he investigators have
"[The Charlottesville police] found no substantive basis that the alleged incident occurred at that fraternity," he said. "We are still investigating the incident and will put out a statement once that investigation has been completed."
Rolling Stone released a public apology in Dec., a month after the article's publication, acknowledging certain issues with the story. Erdely apparently did not speak with the men who the female student said raped her, as she asked the reporter not to. Various other reports and records suggested there was not even an event at the fraternity house on the night in question.
"We believe that in the midst of this ordeal, there is an opportunity to move forward with important safety improvements. This has prompted us to take a closer look at ourselves and what role organizations like ours may play in this problem. It's opened all of our eyes to the problem of sexual assault," Stephen Scipione, president of the UVA Phi Kappa Psi chapter, said in the statement. "Now it's time to do something about it. As a fraternity, we are going to continue discussing that need in the coming weeks."
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