UVA Fraternity Reinstated After Rolling Stone Article on RapeSomehow, though, that doesn’t sound adequate to stop Haven Monahan from doing it again.
By JENNIFER STEINHAUER JAN. 12, 2015
An article in late November in Rolling Stone described in graphic detail a gang rape alleged to have taken place at the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia . Credit Steve Helber /Associated PressThe University of Virginia , after receiving guidance from the local police, has reinstated the fraternity at the center of a magazine article that detailed gang rape allegations that later unraveled.“We welcome Phi Kappa Psi , and we look forward to working with all fraternities and sororities in enhancing and promoting a safe environment for all,” Teresa A. Sullivan, the president of the university, said in a statement.In November, an article in Rolling Stone magazine detailed a student’s account of a 2012 gang rape at the fraternity, which prompted Ms . Sullivan to suspend all fraternities through the end of the year and to contact the Charlottesville Police Department to request a criminal investigation.The story of the student, identified only as “Jackie,” started to crumble as various people and news organizations began to investigate the veracity of the account, and her friends contested details. Rolling Stone then published a note to readers from Will Dana , the managing editor, stating, “In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie ’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced.”The Charlottesville police are still investigating the claims and will be for a few weeks, a spokesman for the department, Capt . Gary Pleasants, said. “We just agreed with UVA that Phi Kappa Psi could be reinstated.”Last week, Ms . Sullivan authorized addenda on alcohol use to the University’s Fraternal Organization Agreement that fraternities must sign by mid-month. The addenda ban kegs of beer and pre-made mixes of liquor and punch — often served to young women at parties — at fraternity parties and limits beer to closed cans. Further, at least one fraternity member must be sober at functions, in keeping with a trend on campuses that bystanders play a bigger role in preventing sexual assault.