UVA president and fraternity speak cautiously after Rolling Stone apology

The university remains committed to a cultural change, even though allegations of a gang rape in the viral article may be unfounded.

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Neither the fraternity nor the university is publicly celebrating that apology as a victory.

Will Dana, the magazine’s managing editor, said the source (identified by the pseudonym “Jackie”) “neither said nor did anything” that made the magazine’s editors “question Jackie’s credibility” when the story was published. In a letter to readers, Dana continued:

In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced. We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. We are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by the story.

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