- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2015

Phi Kappa Psi “plans to pursue all available legal action against” Rolling Stone following a debunked story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, the fraternity said in a statement.

The announcement came on the heels of a scathing report by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism that found the article violated “basic, even routine journalistic practice,” NBC News reported.

“The report by Columbia University’s School of Journalism demonstrates the reckless nature in which Rolling Stone researched and failed to verify facts in its article that erroneously accused Phi Kappa Psi of crimes its members did not commit,” Stephen Scipione, president of the Virginia Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi, said in the statement, NBC News reported. “This type of reporting serves as a sad example of a serious decline of journalistic standards.”

“Clearly our fraternity and its members have been defamed, but more importantly we fear this entire episode may prompt some victims to remain in the shadows, fearful to confront their attackers,” Mr. Scipione said. “If Rolling Stone wants to play a real role in addressing this problem, it’s time to get serious.”

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