Fraternity at center of Rolling Stone article officially reinstated at UVA

Fraternity at center of Rolling Stone article officially reinstated at UVA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - A fraternity at the center of a flawed Rolling Stone report about sexual assaults on the University of Virginia campus has been officially reinstated by the university administration.

UVA President Teresa Sullivan told fraternity officials she would immediately reinstate the fraternity after Charlottesville Police said they couldn't find any "substantive basis to confirm the allegations raised in the Rolling Stone article occurred at Phi Kappa Psi," according to a university press release.

"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," UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan said.

The university announced last week it would reinstate all Greek organizations who agreed to sign a new agreement spelling out safety guidelines. Phi Kappa Psi was the first to sign the agreement on Thursday.

"We believe that in the midst of this ordeal, there is an opportunity to move forward with important safety improvements. This has prompted us to take a closer look at ourselves and what role organizations like ours may play in this problem," Stephen Scipione, president of the Virginia Alpha Chapter Phi Kappa Psi said. "It's opened all of our eyes to the problem of sexual assault. Now it's time to do something about it. As a fraternity, we are going to continue discussing that need in the coming weeks."

Rolling Stone admitted "discrepancies" in its report which profiled a student who claimed seven men took turns raping her at the Phi Kappa Psi house.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe called for a full review of the university's policies and procedures following the allegations. UVA's President Teresa Sullivan responded to the rape allegations by outlining several reforms, while the Board of Visitors finalized a new zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual assaults.

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