The University of Virginia announced this morning that it’s reinstated the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity chapter at the center of a discredited Rolling Stone story about a gang rape. In the piece, a student identified as “Jackie” alleged that she’d been raped by several men at the fraternity; subsequent reporting revealed that events did not take place as described and that the entire account may have been fabricated. UVA’s press release says police could not find evidence that the allegations were true:
The reinstatement resulted after consultation with Charlottesville Police Department officials, who told the University that their investigation has not revealed any substantive basis to confirm that the allegations raised in the Rolling Stone article occurred at Phi Kappa Psi.
The chapter was also reinstated by the national Phi Kappa Psi organization and has promised to take part in university-wide safety reforms. From The Cavalier Daily:
The fraternity became the first to sign on to a new Fraternal Organization Agreement Jan. 8, which includes new regulations about how University fraternities will conduct parties by mandating sober brothers at each fraternity function, along with requiring guest lists and restricting the type of alcohol that can be served.
“This has prompted us to take a closer look at ourselves and what role organizations like ours may play in this problem. It’s opened all of our eyes to the problem of sexual assault,” the fraternity’s chapter president said.