University of Virginia Suspends All Fraternities Amid Rape Investigation

An exterior view of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia, in Charlottsville, Va., the site of an alleged sexual assault of a student revealed in a Rolling Stone article published Wednesday. (Photo: AP/Ryan M. Kelly, The Daily Progress)
An exterior view of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia, in Charlottsville, Va., the site of an alleged sexual assault of a student revealed in a Rolling Stone article published Wednesday.
(Photo: AP/Ryan M. Kelly, The Daily Progress)

The University of Virginia has suspended all fraternities and their social activities until Jan. 9 while the school reviews its policies regarding sexual assault, the university’s president announced Saturday.

“Beginning immediately, I am suspending all fraternal organizations and associated social activities until January 9th, ahead of the beginning of our spring semester,” University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan announced in statement on the university’s website. “In the intervening period we will assemble groups of students, faculty, alumni, and other concerned parties to discuss our next steps in preventing sexual assault and sexual violence on Grounds.”

The decision comes amid a police investigation of an alleged rape of a female freshman by seven men at a fraternity party in September 2012.

The alleged sexual assault gained national attention after the publication of a Rolling Stone article online Wednesday that describes a university culture that discourages students from coming forward with assault allegations and an administration that would prefer to sweep such cases under the rug in order to protect the school’s reputation.

“The wrongs described in Rolling Stone are appalling and have caused all of us to reexamine our responsibility to this community,” Sullivan says in the statement. “Rape is an abhorrent crime that has no place in the world, let alone on the campuses and grounds of our nation’s colleges and universities.”

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SOURCE: USA Today
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