Should all frats suffer or is UVA sending a serious message?
UVA Suspends All Fraternities Following Rolling Stone Rape Report
Via Gawker reports:
In the wake of a shocking Rolling Stone story documenting the University of Virginia‘s “institutional indifference” to rape and sexual assault, UVA President Teresa Sullivan issued a statement on Saturday declaring all of the school’s fraternities immediately suspended until January 9.
A searing new story in Rolling Stone claims that an 18-year-old student at University of Virginia, whom they call Jackie, was gang-raped at a party at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house just weeks into her freshman year, then discouraged from reporting the rape by both her friends and the school. According to Jackie, fellow students warned that her “reputation would be shot” within the school’s Greek scene if she went to the police. When she took her story to the head of the school’s Sexual Misconduct Board, she was offered a range of “formal” and “informal” resolutions to the matter. Without guidance, she did nothing, and has spent her time at UVA traumatized, while the men who allegedly raped her got off scot-free.
“Over the past week many of you have reached out to me directly to offer your opinions, reactions, and suggestions related to combatting sexual violence on [UVA] Grounds,” wrote Sullivan. “I want you to know that I have heard you, and that your words have enkindled this message.”
Earlier this week, The Rolling Stone published a story focusing on the violent alleged gang rape of an 18-year-old student at a UVA frat house, a report Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe called “deeply disturb[ing].”
The University of Virginia is one 76 colleges currently under federal investigation by the Department of Education for mishandling sexual assault claims.