UVa President Suspends All Fraternities in Response to Sexual Assault Allegations
November 22, 2014
University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan has suspended all fraternal organizations and associated social activities until January 9, 2015. According to a news release posted on the University's website, groups of students, faculty, alumni, and other concerned parties will meet during the interim to discuss steps in preventing sexual assault and sexual violence on Grounds.
A Rolling Stone Magazine article published Wednesday detailed an alleged gang-rape of a UVa first-year student during a party at the Phi Kappa Psi house. The article criticized university administration's handling of sexual assault allegations on Grounds. Wednesday night, Sullivan announced she had asked Charlottesville Police to formally investigate the 2012 gang-rape claims.
In response to the article, the Phi Kappa Psi national chapter announced it had voluntarily suspended its UVa chapter. Saturday morning, the Inter-Fraternity Council announced all University fraternities had voluntarily suspended social activities for this weekend.
"This is an important first step," Sullivan wrote, "but our challenges will extend beyond this weekend."
On Tuesday, the Board of Visitors will meet to discuss the University’s policies and procedures regarding sexual assault as well as the recent allegations.
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