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(NEW YORK) — Rolling Stone issued an apology Sunday night for a November 2014 article that detailed allegations about a gang rape at the University of Virginia, retracting the article and posting a critique of the magazine’s editorial process on the story in its place.

The Columbia University Journalism School review published on the Rolling Stone website said that it found the journalistic failure was avoidable, and encompassed problems with reporting, editing, editorial supervision and fact-checking.

Sabrina Erdely, the author of the article, “A Rape on Campus,” also issued an apology Sunday night.

The article prompted an investigation by police in Charlottesville, Virginia, that concluded last month with officials saying they found “no evidence” that the allegations were true.

The woman, identified as “Jackie,” alleged in the article that she was gang-raped by seven men at a UVA Phi Psi fraternity party in September 2012. 

After the article was published, the magazine backpedaled on the story and Rolling Stone Managing Editor Will Dana said the author of the feature did not talk to any of the students involved in the alleged rape before publishing the story out of respect for Jackie.

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