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UVA lifts suspensions to all fraternal organizations, adopts new safety measures

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Posted at 6:15 PM, Jan 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-06 19:46:45-05

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan authorized new additions to the University’s Fraternal Organization Agreement that outlines specific practices each fraternity and sorority will have to put in place to “enhance the safety of their members and guests.” In addition, Sullivan announced the immediate reinstatement of all social activities for fraternities and sororities.

Sullivan suspended all fraternal organizations on Nov. 22 after a Rolling Stone article about an alleged gang-rape of a UVa. student during a party at the Phi Kappa Psi house was published.

“I believe the new safety measures recommended by the student leaders in the Greek community will help provide a safer environment for their members and guests,” Sullivan said in a released statement. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to our student leaders who have worked so diligently in the past several weeks to bring forth substantive recommendations and improvements consistent with the ideals of our community of trust.”

Other safety measures announced by Sullivan include a new police substation serving the Corner area, increased police patrols, enhancements to on-grounds lighting, and improvements to the university’s camera system.

Students will begin to return to Charlottesville later this week, with the start of spring semester beginning Monday. Formal recruitment for new members by many fraternities and sororities will begin by the end of this week.