Evanston, Illinois — The Executive Committee (EC) of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity has voted to immediately suspend the organization’s chapter at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. The suspension is effective immediately and for an indefinite period of time.   

The International Fraternity made the decision due to accountability issues within the chapter. The members’ actions were inconsistent with the Fraternity’s values, and the EC was left with no other option than to suspend the chapter’s charter.   

Undergraduate members of the chapter have been moved to suspended active status and will be unable to participate in anything that could be conceived of as a Sigma Chi activity.   

The Fraternity’s goal is to eventually return the chapter to campus; however, it has not produced a timetable for doing so. The Fraternity also will partner with the University of Iowa to ensure that future members of the chapter will have a positive environment where they can be successful in their endeavors.   

“The International Fraternity expects members to conduct themselves in a way that aligns with the Fraternity’s ideals and values,” says 72nd Grand Consul (international president) Tim Sanderson, WESTERN 1985. “It’s disappointing when our members’ actions necessitate a chapter closure, but this was the right thing for us to do. We look forward to eventually returning to campus and partnering once again with the University of Iowa.” 


Sigma Chi is one of the largest collegiate fraternities with undergraduate chapters at 234 universities and colleges and more than 355,000 all-time members. Sigma Chi provides a welcoming environment for young men of different temperaments, talents and convictions to enjoy a unique lifelong bond that extends far beyond college. Through world-class leadership training, extensive mentoring programs and a strong focus on academic achievement, Sigma Chi sets itself apart as the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization, challenging members to live by its core values and exemplify Character-in-Action™ in every aspect of their lives, and the lives of others.