University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan released this statement Friday in response to rape claims printed in a Rolling Stone story and an article by The Washington Post. Rolling Stone also issued a statement Friday noting “discrepancies” in the alleged victim’s account.
“The University of Virginia is aware of today’s reports from the Washington Post and the statement from Rolling Stone magazine.
“The University remains first and foremost concerned with the care and support of our students and, especially, any survivor of sexual assault. Our students, their safety, and their wellbeing, remain our top priority.
“Over the past two weeks, our community has been more focused than ever on one of the most difficult and critical issues facing higher education today: sexual violence on college campuses. Today’s news must not alter this focus.
“We will continue to take a hard look at our practices, policies and procedures, and continue to dedicate ourselves to becoming a model institution in our educational programming, in the character of our student culture, and in our care for those who are victims.
“We are a learning community, and we will continue our community-wide discussions and actions on these important issues in the weeks and months ahead. We remain committed to taking action as necessary to bring about meaningful cultural change in our University community.”