Sigma Chi International Fraternity Shutters Its Eastern Illinois University Chapter
The Executive Committee (EC) of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity has voted to immediately suspend the organization’s Eastern Illinois University chapter indefinitely. The General Fraternity made the decision due to alcohol-related accountability issues with the chapter. The actions were inconsistent with the Fraternity’s values, and the EC was left with no other option than to suspend the chapter’s charter.
Undergraduates 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 2023.
The Fraternity’s goal is to eventually return the chapter to campus and the organization would partner with the university in doing so, ensuring that future chapter members would have a positive environment where they could be successful in their endeavors.
“It is heartbreaking to close the Eastern Illinois chapter, but we were left with no other option,” says 70th Grand Consul (international president) Tommy Geddings, SOUTH CAROLINA 1985. “The chapter was not living up to our values and it is only by closing it that we will be able to have a stronger chapter when we return to the university.”
Sigma Chi is one of the largest collegiate fraternities with undergraduate chapters at 241 universities and colleges and more than 250,000 alumni 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-actionTM in every aspect of their lives, and the lives of others.