Evanston, Illinois | March 17, 2022 — Undergraduate Sigma Chis at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, have surrendered their charter and the International Fraternity’s Executive Committee (EC) has accepted it, placing the chapter on suspended status effective immediately. The chapter’s members made the decision after consecutive years with declining membership numbers. 

It is the Fraternity’s goal to one day reactivate the chapter with the support of the university’s administration. The Fraternity has not at this time, however, determined a timeline for such a return and will only attempt to reactive its chapter at the school if the group’s future members satisfy Sigma Chi’s chapter-reactivation requirements.     

The International Fraternity has in the meantime moved initiated undergraduates within the chapter to “suspend active status,” meaning they are recognized as initiates but may not participate in activities associated with those of Sigma Chi undergraduates.   

“I applaud the remaining members of the chapter for making every effort to grow its membership in recent years,” says 72nd Grand Consul (international president) Tim Sanderson, WESTERN 1985. “However, suspending our chapter at Saint Francis University at this time is the right decision. We look forward to returning to the university when the time is right and when we have the full partnership of its administrators.”  


Sigma Chi is one of the largest collegiate fraternities with undergraduate chapters at 232 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.