The International Fraternity’s Executive Committee (EC) has voted to close its undergraduate chapter at Iowa State University due to accountability issues with the chapter. The chapter had been on a revitalization plan with the International Fraternity and violated the terms of its agreement with the organization; members of the EC were left with no option other than to close the chapter.
The initiated chapter members will now be on suspended active status, meaning they will be recognized as initiates, but they are prohibited from engaging in anything that could be conceived as a Sigma Chi activity. Pledges are without commitment to Sigma Chi and are free affiliate with other campus fraternities.
The International Fraternity hopes to one day return to campus, but they would not do so until at least 2021, with the support of Iowa State University administrators. Sigma Chi will partner with Iowa State to ensure that the timing is right for a return and that the environment would be a positive one in which to build a chapter of future leaders.
“I am saddened that we were faced with the difficult decision of closing a chapter,” says 70th Grand Consul (international president) Tommy Geddings, SOUTH CAROLINA 1985. “It is always challenging when we must close a chapter, but we do so for the good of the organization. We look forward to an eventual return to Iowa State.”
Sigma Chi is one of the largest collegiate fraternities with undergraduate chapters at 237 universities and colleges and more than 250,000 alumni 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 its members to live by its core values and exemplify character-in-action™ in every aspect of their lives, and the lives of others.