Dec. 14, 2022 | Evanston, Illinois — One month ago, an unthinkable tragedy took the life of one of our members, Ethan Chapin, along with Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen, and Kaylee Goncalves. Since that time we have been actively working with the men of our Gamma Eta chapter to provide them with support, counsel and brotherhood as they navigated the most difficult of circumstances.

Out of respect for Ethan and his family, the chapter chose to refrain from public comment until such time as they felt appropriate, and the International Fraternity joined in that decision.

We are enormously proud of the chapter, with particular mention of chapter president Reed Ofsthun, for the way they have demonstrated their love for Ethan and their commitment to honoring his memory.

Our efforts to support the men of the chapter will continue and we express our most tender thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims and the countless friends who knew and loved them.


Sigma Chi is one of the largest collegiate fraternities with undergraduate chapters at 231 universities and colleges and more than  364,000 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.