A “special report” on campus sexual assault in Rolling Stone’s Dec. 4 issue included a graphic account of a horrifying gang rape that allegedly took place at a University of Virginia frat party. The sensational story quickly fell apart, as journalists noted that writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely had made no attempt to contact any of the alleged rapists, and Rolling Stone eventually apologized for the quality of Erdely’s reporting. A month later, a police investigation failed to reveal “any substantive basis to confirm” the allegation, and the fraternity at the center of the controversy was reinstated.
Even though the gang rape story was totally discredited, University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan held a press conference at noon today to ensure that UVa would become a “national leader on campus safety,” moved to action by the bogus Rolling Stone piece.
No she won’t, and we have no idea.
The Washington Examiner’s Ashe Snow reports that restrictions imposed on fraternities as a result of the discredited story will remain in place.
Immediately following the Rolling Stone story, Sullivan extended the Greek council’s voluntary weekend ban (calling it a “pause”) on social activities through Jan. 9. And in order for Greek organizations to resume activities, they had to sign new agreements with the university that put new restrictions on their social activities.
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume summed up the day’s events nicely.