- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 22, 2014

University of Virginia president Teresa A. Sullivan extended a fraternity-wide social activity suspension until Jan. 9 in response to an outcry from students over sexual violence within the school’s Greek system.

After an explosive Rolling Stone article recounting a female student’s gang rape at the school’s Phi Kappa Psi house and several other accusations of sexual assault on campus, the frat was vandalized and voluntarily suspended itself.

U.Va.’s entire fraternity network also submitted to a voluntary social activity suspension for the weekend, but Ms. Sullivan extended the suspension until the start of the next semester, saying “our challenges will extend beyond this weekend.”

Ms. Sullivan said in an email to students that the school will assemble groups of students, faculty, alumni and other concerned parties to discuss steps to prevent sexual assault and sexual violence on school grounds.

“In the words of one student who wrote to me this week, ‘Policy is needed, but people make change,’” she wrote. “We need the collective strength of the members of our community to ensure that we have the best policies.”

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring, a Democrat, said Friday that U.Va. would reverse its appointment of former federal judge Mark Filip as leader of the school’s investigation of its response to charges of rape. Mr. Filip was a Phi Kappa Psi brother in college.

Ms. Sullivan also called on the Charlottesville Police Department to investigate the 2012 assault documented by Rolling Stone and demanded that students with knowledge of the night’s events come forward to the police.

“Only you can shed light on the truth, and it is your responsibility to do so,” Ms. Sullivan wrote.

Ms. Sullivan urged that fourth-year students attend the school’s last home football game Saturday to “embrace your role as leaders and demonstrate a renewed sense of responsibility to our community, and a renewed commitment to make the community better.”

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, said he was “deeply disturbed” by the allegations and demanded a “full and fair investigation.”

In May, U.Va. was included in a list of 55 schools being investigated by the Office of Civil Rights, but Rolling Stone indicated that the school may have “more reason to worry than most of its peers.”

“UVA is one of only 12 schools under sweeping investigation known as ‘compliance review’: a proactive probe launched by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights itself, triggered by concerns about deep-rooted issues,” Rolling Stone reported.


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