Mar 23, 2015 11:57 AM EDT
Rolling Stone Will Soon Publish Outside Review of Disputed UVA Gang Rape Article
Rolling Stone Magazine is close to publishing the external review conducted on its disputed investigative article detailing a gang rape at a University of Virginia (UVA) fraternity.
Will Dana, the magazine's managing editor, told the New York Times Steve Coll's external review will be ready for publication "in the next couple of weeks." In addition to its inconsistencies in reporting, the article made a grand statement on the national discourse regarding how colleges and universities handle reports of sexual misconduct.
Rolling Stone commissioned Coll, dean of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, to review "A Rape on Campus" in in Dec., about a month after the article's publication.
"Steve Coll has not filed yet, but I expect the report soon and the plan is to publish in the next couple of weeks," Dana told the Times.
In the article, a woman only identified as "Jackie" detailed a night in which she attended a fraternity's party on UVA's campus. At the party, she said her date, a fraternity member, lured her into a room where he a six other members took turns raping her.
However, the fraternity since disputed the article and said there was not an officially recognized event the night Jackie said she was attacked. Not long after, Rolling Stone admitted fault in not verifying the author's sources, announcing Coll's review.
The Charlottesville Police will also be holding a press conference Monday afternoon to disclose the results of their own investigation into the rape allegations Jackie brought forward. The department said in a press release they will not take questions during the session.
When Rolling Stone released the article, UVA suspended all fraternity and sorority activity, but since lifted the ban. The school also crafted a strict set of rules for officially recognized Greek group events.
Coll was reportedly given the freedom to take his review where he wanted, though the focus was initially set on the editorial process, the Times learned.
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