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UVA Sororities Slapped With Order to Avoid Fraternity Events: Report

By    |   Friday, 30 Jan 2015 10:54 AM

UVA sororities say they were ordered by their national chapters to avoid fraternity parties this weekend, but some sisters are bucking the mandate and insisting they are able to make their own decisions after a Rolling Stone article detailing an alleged gang rape on campus turned out to be false.

This week, the university lifted a ban on fraternity and sorority activities after the November Rolling Stone article sparked an investigation. The story was ultimately retracted after discrepancies were acknowledged in the reporting, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Now, UVA sorority members are complaining that they've been threatened by their national chapter representatives with suspensions and other penalties if their members attend fraternity "Bid Night" events.

Others say they've been banned from attending any social function with fraternity members, which could even include the mens undefeated basketball team's game this weekend against conference rival and nationally ranked Duke, according to The Washington Post.

A spokeswoman for the National Panhellenic Conference, the umbrella organization that comprises many of the 16 sororities on campus, told The Post that individual sororities made the decision at the national level about University of Virginia activities.

"Of course, NPC supports the safety of their women, so they do support those national presidents making that decision and encouraging sorority women to plan sisterhood events and other 'safer' options," Michelle Bower, of the NPC, said.

A petition on Change.org has now been created, stating that the call for sorority members to stay away from fraternity events misses the point of addressing how women are treated on campus and further penalizes them.

"Instead of addressing rape and sexual assault at UVa, this mandate perpetuates the idea that women are inferior, sexual objects," the anonymous petition, which has more than 2,400 signatures, reads. "It is degrading to Greek women, as it appears that the NPC views us as defenseless and UVa's new fraternal policies as invalid. Allowing the NPC to prevent us from celebrating (what used to be) a tight-knit community, sends the message that we are weak."

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UVA sororities say they were ordered by their national chapters to avoid fraternity parties this weekend, but some sisters are bucking the mandate and insisting they are able to make their own decisions after a Rolling Stone article detailing an alleged gang rape on campus turned out to be false.
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