The University is cooperating with an ongoing review of its handling of sexual assault complaints by the Office of Civil Rights.
That may be one reason why the administration and student leaders pressed ahead with fraternity reforms, even after parts of a story in Rolling Stone Magazine were discredited.
Fraternity members offer many reasons for joining up. We spoke with several before UVA began its spring rush. Jalen Ross is an ardent member of Phi Delta Theta where he finally found the brotherhood he was looking for.
A day after Rolling Stone published an article describing a brutal rape at the University of Virginia , a former Washington and Lee student says he was expelled for having consensual sex with another student who some months later regretted the encounter and claimed she was sexually assaulted.
In the wake of Rolling Stone renouncing its own story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, some students say that Jackie, the undergraduate at the center of the storm, has been abused-- this time by the magazine.
"We are trying to stop a culture of blaming the victim, but that's exactly what they did: they blamed the victim."
That's Jacob Irby, as he meets up with members of a student singing group along Rugby Road. Another, Frank Song, says the article carved a path of destruction by portraying administrators and students as indifferent to rape.
The president of the University of Virginia canceled a speech to the National Press Club in favor of speaking to students Monday. She pledged a series of changes to combat sexual assault on campus – among them, forcing fraternities to operate under new rules and pressing police to arrest sellers of date rape drugs.
Virginia universities have invested at least one-billion-dollars in highly sophisticated, expensive equipment for research and development. Some allow entrepreneurs to have access to that equipment and school expertise for a fee.
A panel of lawmakers and experts is working to craft state policies to expand such opportunities in a way that benefits businesses, universities, and taxpayers.
Inventor and former Delegate Joe May co-chairs the panel. May says businesses may need hi-tech equipment that’s too costly to buy.