Fraternity suspends activities, governor 'deeply disturbed' after Rolling Stone article on UVa. rape

Fraternity Suspends Activities, Gov. Deeply Disturbed After Article

(WTVR) RICHMOND, Va. - The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia voluntarily surrendered its Fraternal Organization Agreement with the University Thursday and suspended all chapter activities as an investigation into rape allegations unfolds. This action comes one day after a Rolling Stone article detailed one student's struggle on campus following her she reported being raped by multiple men at the fraternity house in 2012.

"Although at this time we have no specific knowledge of the claims set out in the Rolling Stone article, we take this matter - and these tragic allegations - very seriously," a statement signed by Phi Kappa Psi, Virginia Alpha Chapter, and published read. "This is a serious matter for the criminal justice system and the university investigative process and we will cooperate quickly, openly and honestly in any forthcoming investigation that may be conducted."

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Fraternity suspends activities, governor 'deeply disturbed' after Rolling Stone article on UVa. rape
Images captured by WTVR show the vandalized Phi Kappa Psi house in the wake of a bombshell Rolling Stone report including claims men in the fraternity sexually assaulted a student. 
Students Exercising on Campus by Fraternity Houses at University of Virginia in Charlottesville USA. Phi Kappa Psi, the University of Virginia fraternity where a student interviewed by Rolling Stone claims she was raped by seven men, can be seen on the left. 
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University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan (center) smiles for a picture with graduating students Brittany Smith (left) and Elizabeth Grizzle after the Valedictory Exercises at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va. on May 18, 2013. 
A view of the Rotunda one of the best known structures on the campus of the University of Virginia
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The fraternity statement came hours after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe expressed his concerns with leaders at the University of Virginia.

"I was deeply disturbed to read about the sexual assault allegations outlined in Rolling Stone magazine," Governor McAuliffe said in a statement released Thursday. "Sexual violence is a nationwide problem, and it is critical that our schools acknowledge that this is a pervasive issue and take bold action to end it."

The governor said he and university leadership agreed a "full and fair investigation" must take place.

"I have called for a zero tolerance strategy to combat campus sexual assault. I have asked university officials to conduct a full review of all of their policies and procedures and if decided, to bring in outside experts to assist in this effort," he said.

"Make no mistake," the fraternity's statement continued."The acts depicted in the article are beyond unacceptable - they are vile and intolerable in our brotherhood, our university community and our society. We remain ready and willing to assist with the fair and swift pursuit of justice, wherever that may lead, and steadfast in our resolve to ensure that nothing like this can happen, ever on our Grounds."

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan issued a statement in response to the article Wednesday evening saying that the school had formally asked the Charlottesville police to investigate allegations made in the article. She also noted in her statement that the Rolling Stone article included "many details that were previously not disclosed to University officials."

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