University of Mary Washington Halts Launch of Fraternities in Wake of UVA Scandal

The University of Mary Washington has put a stop to the launch of any fraternities or sororities in the wake of the alleged group attack on a female student at a University of Virginia fraternity house.

The halt in plans at the Fredericksburg, Virginia school’s president, Richard Hurley, said “While I recognize that these organizations can have many positive attributes to offer for some students, I believe that now is not the time for us to move forward on any proposal to formally establish a Greek system at Mary Washington.”

The student body of the university is on the small side, with only about 4,000students n attendance, which the administration hope to protect. The lack of fraternities and sororities is at this point intended to avoid increasing the odds of sexual assaults on campus as well as serve as a notice to students that any such behavior will not be tolerated. There has also been additional measures taken by way of working with law enforcement as needed.

The November release of an article in Rolling Stone magazine brought to light the sexual assault scandal that allegedly took place at a Phi Kappa Psi party in 2012. As a result, all UVA fraternities, sororities and any of their social activities have been suspended until January 9th.

There has been an investigation opened to review how the university handles reports of assault as well as a review as to why no one was charged with the crime.

Since then, lawmakers from both Democratic and Republican parties for the state have been working diligently to find new, improved and productive ways of addressing the issue of sexual assault crimes on campus.

There has also been a national call to action by President Obama and Vice President Biden by way of the “It’s On Us” campaign. This campaign has sparked nationwide attention and brought some much needed conversations to the table .

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