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UVA Rejects Immediate End to Fraternity Suspensions

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Tuesday, 09 Dec 2014 12:03 PM

The University of Virginia will keep its ban on the school’s fraternities in place until Jan. 9, amid calls from national fraternal groups for an immediate end to the suspensions.

The reinstatement will be in conjunction with an agreement between the fraternities and UVA to “enhance the safety of members and their guests,” President Teresa A. Sullivan said in a statement yesterday.

Sullivan suspended the groups and related activities in the wake of a now-discredited Rolling Stone story about an alleged 2012 gang rape at a Greek house. Police continue to investigate and the university is cooperating, she said. A review by an independent counsel, ordered by the Virginia Attorney General’s office, is also proceeding.

“The purpose of the suspension of fraternity and sorority social activities was to give the university and Greek leadership a pause to identify solutions that would best ensure the well-being and safety of students,” Sullivan said.

The North-American Interfraternity Conference, the National Panhellenic Conference and the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee issued a joint statement on Dec. 7 urging the president to scrap the ban.

Mr. Jefferson

In a statement late yesterday, FSPAC President Sarah Lindsay said her group “stands with our student members at UVA” in asking the administration to reinstate the organizations. The two other groups have also issued statements reiterating their call to lift the ban.

“The existing suspension is not consistent with the law, university policy or the ideals of Mr. Jefferson in founding the University,” Lindsay said, referring to UVA Founder Thomas Jefferson.

Rolling Stone published an apology last week, saying it had misplaced trust in the alleged victim, a first-year student named Jackie, and failed to try to reach members of the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi where it said the gang rape happened. The Cavalier Daily student newspaper published a letter on Dec. 7 from Emily Clark, Jackie’s first-year suitemate, saying she still believes something traumatic happened in 2012.

New Deal

An ad-hoc committee has been working with leaders from the school’s Inter-Fraternity Council and other Greek groups to revise existing agreements that govern the relationship between the Greek houses and the university, UVA said yesterday. Sullivan said she expects student leaders to present a list of final recommendations by Dec. 31.

“I remain sensitive to concerns about broadly indicting the entire Greek system,” Sullivan said in a letter to parents yesterday that was obtained by Bloomberg News. “Our fraternities were terribly distressed by the allegations in the article, and they are working with us toward solutions.”

Tommy Reid, president of the Inter-Fraternity Council, didn’t reply to e-mails seeking comment.

Discussions of the fraternal agreements are expected to take place at a meeting of UVA’s Faculty Senate on Dec. 17, said George Cohen, a law professor at the school. Sullivan is expected to attend the meeting, he said.

“I agree with President Sullivan’s approach and look forward to hearing more about the proposed revisions to the Fraternal Organization Agreement,” Cohen said in an e-mail. “Faculty members are ready and willing to collaborate on, facilitate, and support concrete, meaningful reforms that have the potential to enhance the safety of our students.”

 

 

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