Undergraduate Sigma Chis at the University of Wisconsin in Madison have surrendered their charter and the International Fraternity’s Executive Committee (EC) has accepted it, rendering the chapter inactive. The chapter had faced compliance issues with the Fraternity’s Preparation for Brotherhood pledge education program and risk management policies.

It is the International Fraternity’s goal to one day reactivate the chapter with the support of the school’s administration. In the meantime, initiated undergraduates within the chapter have been moved to alumni status, meaning they are recognized as initiates, but may not take part in activities associated with those of Sigma Chi undergraduates.

“We are thankful for the support of University of Wisconsin administrators in this matter and look forward to restoring our partnership with them in the near future,” says Grand Pro Consul (international vice president) Tim Sanderson, WESTERN ONTARIO 1985. “I am saddened by the closure of the chapter, but it was the right thing to do. We would rather have the chapter go into a period of inactivity than to have it function in its current situation. We look forward to an eventual return to campus, but we will only attempt to do so when the time is right and when we have the full partnership of the university.”


SIGMA CHI is one of the largest collegiate 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.