Reported U.Va. frat-house rape to be investigated

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Posted: Nov 20, 2014 6:21 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia's president has asked Charlottesville police to investigate allegations that a woman student was raped by several men at a fraternity house two years ago.

President Teresa A. Sullivan announced the investigation in a statement posted Wednesday evening on the university's website, saying she issued it in response to a Rolling Stone article in which a student describes an assault by seven men in September 2012. Sullivan says the article includes details that weren't disclosed to university officials previously.

The article says school administrators and students keep sexual assaults quiet. Sullivan, however, said the university takes sexual misconduct seriously.

In May, U.Va. was listed among 55 schools across America facing a sexual abuse investigation under the Title IX law by the Education Department for the way they handle sexual abuse allegations by their students.

In a statement, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he spoke with university leaders Thursday about the case and asked officials there to review all of the school's policies and procedures and bring in outside experts, if necessary.

Charlottesville police Lt. Steve Upman said the investigation is in the preliminary stages. He declined further comment.

The Daily Progress reports (http://bit.ly/1BRGo6I) that Phi Kappa Psi — the fraternity named in the article— voluntarily surrendered its fraternal agreement Thursday with the university and suspended all chapter activities. Vandals overnight threw bottles and chunks of cinderblock through windows at the fraternity house and spray-painted phrases "Stop Raping People," ''Suspend Us!" and "UVa Center for Rape Studies."