The Executive Committee (EC) of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity has voted to immediately suspend the organization’schapter at the University of West Florida. The suspension is effective immediately, and for an indefinite period of time.
The General Fraternity made the decision due to accountability issues within the chapter, and its members’ failure to adhere to the Preparation for Brotherhood pledge education program. The undergraduates’ actions were inconsistent with the Fraternity’s values, and the EC was left with no other option than to suspend the chapter’s charter.
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 until 2024.
The Fraternity’s goal is to eventually return the chapter to campus; however, there is no timetable for doing so, and the organization 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.
“The Executive Committee considers closing a chapter as its last available option to resolve member accountability issues,” says 71st Grand Consul (international president) Steve Schuyler, ARIZONA 1979. “However, in this instance, the severity of the circumstances made our decision a necessary one.”
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Sigma Chi is one of the largest fraternities with undergraduate chapters at 235 universities and colleges and more than 260,000 living 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.