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18 Aug, 2015

UVA establishes endowed position


The University of Virginia announces that it is establishing a permanent position in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in honor of Bond. Funding for The Julian Bond Professorship of Civil Rights and Social Justice stands at $2 million and has a goal of $3 million.

15 Dec, 2014

Friends of alleged victim refute article’s claims

Three friends of the alleged rape victim at the University of Virginia mentioned in Rolling Stone‘s article come forward to refute the article’s claim that they discouraged the victim from reporting the attack. Kathryn Hendley, Alex Stock, and Ryan Duffin tell AP in an interview that the facts reported are incorrect. Duffin:

I couldn’t help but notice that everything that the article said about me was incorrect. My first reaction was, ‘We need to go to police.’ I wanted to go to police immediately. I was really forceful on that, actually. And I almost took it to calling (the police) right there. But she didn’t want to and I can’t do that if she doesn’t want to do it.

Stock corroborates:

Jackie’s response was, ‘I don’t want to.”I don’t want to do that right now. I just want to go to bed.’

7 Dec, 2014

Revises apology to readers

Rolling Stone revises it’s apology to readers for the story published about a woman, “Jackie”, who claims she was gang raped at a University of Virginia fraternity party. The new apology states that the magazine should not have complied with “Jackie’s” request that they not interview any of the men she said raped her. The revised apology also questions discrepancies in “Jackie’s” story.

We should have not made this agreement with Jackie, and we should have worked harder to convince her that the truth would have been better served by getting the other side of the story. These mistakes are on Rolling Stone, not on Jackie. A friend of Jackie’s (who we were told would not speak to Rolling Stone) told the Washington Post that he found Jackie that night a mile from the school’s fraternities. She did not appear to be ‘physically injured at the time’ but was shaken. She told him that that she had been forced to have oral sex with a group of men at a fraternity party, but he does not remember her identifying a specific house. Other friends of Jackie’s told the Washington Post that they now have doubts about her narrative, but Jackie told the Washington Post that she firmly stands by the account she gave to [reporter Sabrina Rubin] Erdely.

5 Dec, 2014

‘Our trust in her was misplaced’

Rolling Stone says it has found discrepancies in a story it published about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. The story, written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, details the gang rape of a UVA student referred to as “Jackie” at Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. The magazine now considers their trust in her story ‘misplaced’. Will Dana, Rolling Stone‘s managing editor, on the magazine’s website:

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.

24 Nov, 2014

Suspends all fraternities after alleged gang rape

The University of Virginia suspends all fraternities following an article in Rolling Stone, which details an alleged gang rape at Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. University President Teresa A. Sullivan:

The wrongs described in Rolling Stone are appalling and have caused all of us to re-examine our responsibility to this community. Rape is an abhorrent crime that has no place in the world, let alone on the campuses and grounds of our nation’s colleges and universities.

19 Nov, 2014

Article alleges gang rape at UVA fraternity

A Rolling Stone article by Sabrina Rubin Erdely details the alleged gang rape of a freshman woman called ‘Jackie’ at Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity on the campus of the University of Virginia. ‘Jackie’, now a Junior, says she is worried about campus reaction to the article.

One of my roommates said, ‘Do you want to be responsible for something that’s gonna paint UVA in a bad light?’ “But I said, ‘UVA has flown under the radar for so long, someone has to say something about it, or else it’s gonna be this system that keeps perpetuating!’ My friend just said, ‘You have to remember where your loyalty lies.’


Becomes U. Virginia professor


Bond joins the faculty of University of Virginia. Over 20 years he teaches more than 5,000 students about the Civil Rights Movement in the larger context of American history. He also leads numerous U.Va.-sponsored Civil Rights South Tours, giving his firsthand knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement.

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