Undergraduate Sigma Chis at the University of Rochester in Monroe County, New York, have surrendered their charter and the International Fraternity’s Executive Committee (EC) has accepted it, placing the chapter on suspended status effective immediately. The University of Rochester had previously withdrawn its recognition of the group following an investigation into risk management and member accountability issues.
It is the Fraternity’s goal to one day reactivate the chapter with the support of the university’s administration. The Fraternity will evaluate its options for reactivating the chapter after the spring 2022 academic term; however, it will only do so provided it has support from the University of Rochester and the chapter’s suspended members satisfy Sigma Chi’s chapter-reactivation requirements.
In the meantime, initiated undergraduates within the chapter have been moved to “suspend active status,” meaning they are recognized as initiates but may not participate in activities associated with those of Sigma Chi undergraduates.
“Suspending the chapter at this time, while difficult, is the right decision,” says 72nd Grand Consul (international president) Tim Sanderson, WESTERN 1985. “We would rather have the chapter go into a period of inactivity than to have it function in its previous situation. We look forward to returning to campus when the time is right and when we have the full partnership of University of Rochester administrators.”
Sigma Chi is one of the largest collegiate fraternities with undergraduate chapters at 235 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.