U.Va. Defends Suspension of Fraternity Events

December 9, 2014

National fraternity organizations are criticizing the University of Virginia for continuing a suspension on fraternity events on campus until January 9, even though many questions have been raised about a Rolling Stone article that led to the suspensions in the first place.

The university on Monday released a statement in which it noted past statements by President Teresa A. Sullivan that the institution was not judging all fraternity men by the alleged actions of some. “In any crisis it can be far too easy to paint with a broad brush, and blindly attack entire groups of individuals. This is not a responsible reaction,” she said on December 1, before the Rolling Stone article was discredited.

But in Monday's statement, the university stood behind the suspensions. "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. This important collaborative work continues, and the reinstatement of Greek activities on Jan. 9 will be in conjunction with a new Fraternal Organization Agreement that will enhance the safety of members and their guests," the statement said.


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