Colleges & Universities

'No Basis' for Rolling Stone's Gang Rape Claim

Mar 23, 2015
Photo: Hawes Spencer

None of the assault allegations made by Jackie, the subject of the Rolling Stone article that caused turmoil at the University of Virginia last November could be confirmed after months of investigating.

While the tale of a three-hour frat house gang rape had already been largely demolished through investigative reporting, Chief Tim Longo gave the official verdict on the claims Monday: they didn't check out.

"There no substantive basis to conclude that what is described in that article happened that night."

State Police Launch Probes of UVA Student's Arrest

Mar 20, 2015
Hawes Spencer

Two separate investigations have now been launched into the arrest and injury of a popular UVA student leader. 

After requests from the governor and Charlottesville's top prosecutor, Virginia State Police have launched both an administrative review and a criminal investigation of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board's March 18 encounter with Martese Johnson, who was cuffed, arrested, and injured on the sidewalk outside a Charlottesville bar. 

"We owe it both Mr. Johnson and the Virginia ABC to be painstakingly thorough in determining the facts of the situation."

Student Leader's Bloody Arrest Sparks Outrage at UVA

Mar 19, 2015
Black Dot

A Virginia State Police investigation is underway regarding the March 18th arrest of an honored UVA student in Charlottesville by state ABC officers.  During the incident, the student was injured and a picture of him on the ground and bleeding from the head spread quickly on social media.

Governor Terry McAullife has ordered an administrative review, and at the request of the City of Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney, a criminal investigation is also underway.

Legislation that addresses campus sexual assaults is already on Governor McAuliffe's desk—but before he signs off, amends, or vetoes anything, he has the input from members of his Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence to consider.

The legislation requires campus employees to report sexual violence allegations to the Title IX  coordinator, who must report the allegation to a review team that meets within 72 hours.  One subcommittee believes that while the legislation is a good first step, there's more work ahead.

Virginia's Teams Take on March Madness

Mar 17, 2015

From the White House to your house, the NCAA men's college basketball tournament brackets are out, and this year the Commonwealth has a real contender.

For a while, it looked like March Madness might repeat 2011 when a record five teams from the Commonwealth were tapped for the brackets. As it turns out, Virginians will get three teams to cheer. One of them, Hampton University, could be on a quick collision course.

"Hampton is the ultimate underdog."