Evanston, Illinois | Feb. 24, 2023 — Undergraduate Sigma Chis at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, 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 due to changes in Greek-letter life on campus that made operations and recruitment difficult.

It is the Fraternity's goal 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 to ensure that future members of the chapter will have a positive environment where they can be successful in their endeavors.

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.

“I applaud the chapter for persevering with the mission of Sigma Chi despite the difficult climate on campus,” says 72nd Grand Consul (international president) Tim Sanderson, WESTERN 1985. “We look forward to a new generation taking up Sigma Chi's banner in a more friendly environment when the time is right to return to the university and when we have the full partnership of its administrators.”


Sigma Chi is one of the largest collegiate fraternities in North America with undergraduate chapters at 230 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.