The International Fraternity’s Executive Committee (EC) voted to suspend the undergraduate chapter at the University of Pittsburgh, due to accountability concerns, including the chapter’s violation of Preparation for Brotherhood pledge education policies.
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 of as a Sigma Chi activity until 2021. 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, with the support of University of Pittsburgh administrators. Sigma Chi will partner with the university 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 committed to the character development of its members.
“We were saddened that the chapter leadership did not resolve its accountability issues, despite our best attempts to help them do so,” says 70th Grand Consul (international president) Tommy Geddings, SOUTH CAROLINA 1985. “It is challenging whenever we must close a chapter, but it was the best thing for us to do. We look forward to returning to campus in the years to come.”
Sigma Chi is one of the largest collegiate fraternities with undergraduate chapters at 238 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.