The University of Virginia suspended all fraternity activities and asked police to investigate a 2012 sexual assault in the wake of a damning Rolling Stone article that suggested the Charlottesville campus failed to protect students from potential sexual predators lurking among the school's Greek organizations.
In a statement issued Saturday, University President Teresa Sullivan said all fraternity activities would be suspended through Jan. 9, 2015, as campus officials discuss steps to prevent assaults on campus.
Sullivan has also asked Charlottesville police to open an investigation of the brutal gang rape described at the beginning of the Rolling Stone piece. According to the report, a girl identified only as Jackie was attacked by several members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity in 2012, sexually assaulted for hours and sodomized with a beer bottle at the fraternity house.
The victim had repeated meetings with campus officials and told them that two other women also had accused Phi Kappa Psi members of assaulting them, but the campus did not take any measures to warn students of the potential danger, according to the report.
Response to the article has sparked anger and protests on campus, and four people were arrested Saturday during a rally outside the Phi Kappa Psi house, according to Lt. Stephen Upman, a spokesman for the Charlottesville Police Department.
Though he described the demonstration as largely peaceful, Upman said two men and two women advanced onto the fraternity's property and refused to leave. They were arrested and charged with trespassing, Upman said.
Sullivan called on students who had knowledge of the 2012 assault to contact Charlottesville police immediately.
On Nov. 14, West Virginia University suspended all Greek activities on its Morgantown campus after a freshman student from New York was found without a pulse in the Kappa Sigma fraternity house. The student, Nolan Michael Burch, died days later.