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University of Virginia Reinstates Fraternity After Sexual Assault Allegations

The University of Virginia Phi Kappa Psi chapter, which has been battling allegations of sexual assault stemming from a Rolling Stone article, has been reinstated on campus, fraternity officials, police and school administrators confirmed Monday.

Phi Psi official said that University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan approved the full reinstatement of the fraternity chapter after new developments broke in a police investigation of sexual assault claims described in Rolling Stone.

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The magazine has since apologized after a Washington Post investigation discovered significant inconsistencies in the account of a junior said she was gang-raped at Phi Psi in 2012.

On Monday, University of Virginia officials said the Charlottesville police investigation concluded that allegations against Phi Psi described in the Rolling Stone article could not be substantiated.

“We welcome Phi Kappa Psi, and we look forward to working with all fraternities and sororities in enhancing and promoting a safe environment for all,” Sullivan said in a statement.

Charlottesville Police Capt. Gary Pleasants said that while Phi Psi has been clear, the investigation into the allegations will continue.

“We’re still investigating,” Pleasants said. “We found no basis to believe that an incident occurred at that fraternity, so there’s no reason to keep them suspended.”

When the Rolling Stone article was published online in November, the Phi Kappa Psi house was vandalized and the fraternity voluntarily suspended its chapter at the university as police investigated allegations. In December, the fraternity issued a statement denying the claims made in Rolling Stone and said that its own inquiry into the allegations revealed “factual inaccuracies,” the Washington Post reported.

“We are pleased that the University and the Charlottesville Police Department have cleared our fraternity of any involvement in this case,” said Phi Psi President Stephen Scipione, a junior. “In today’s 24-hour news cycle, we all have a tendency to rush to judgment without having all of the facts in front of us. As a result, our fraternity was vandalized, our members ostracized based on false information.”

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