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    U.Va. President: Efforts to Reform Culture Underway
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    The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house is seen on the University of Virginia campus Dec. 6, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. On Friday, Rolling Stone magazine issued an apology for discrepancies that were published in an article regarding the alleged gang rape of a University of Virginia student by members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)

    In her most extensive interview since a controversial Rolling Stone article, the president of the University of Virginia says efforts are underway to reform the school's party culture and improve safety, but that those plans will take time.

    Teresa Sullivan told The Washington Post that implementing change "is a marathon, not a sprint."

    Sullivan said the university's long-held concerns about sexual assault and alcohol use were heightened by the article, which described an alleged gang rape during a fraternity party.

    The magazine's reporting tactics have since come into question. However, Sullivan said a committee of parents, students, faculty, alumni and university board members has met to discuss campus culture.

    She said the university plans to revise agreements with fraternities to emphasize safety, and to deploy uniformed "ambassadors" to escort students home or provide other help.

    The university suspended all fraternities and sororities after the article was published.

    Rolling Stone has since apologized for what it calls discrepancies in details of the account, saying it shouldn't have agreed to the alleged victim's request not to contact the alleged assailants to get their side of the story, out of sensitivity to her.

    "These mistakes are on Rolling Stone, not on Jackie," wrote the magazine's managing editor, Will Dana. "We apologize to anyone who was affected by the story and we will continue to investigate the events of that evening."

    UVa. has declined to reinstate Greek activities, despite the magazine's acknowledgment of mistakes in its reporting. Officials said Monday that the story and ensuing debate has led it to create the group to explore its policies and campus culture.