University of Richmond Chapter Closed Due to Accountability Issues
News Release—For Immediate Release
Friday, March 8, 2019
The Executive Committee of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity has voted to suspend its University of Richmond chapter indefinitely, due to its members’ failure to comply with the Preparation for Brotherhood pledge program and repeated violations of the Fraternity’s risk management policies.
The Fraternity’s goal is to eventually return the chapter to the University of Richmond, with the support of university administration. In the meantime, initiated undergraduates within the chapter have been moved to "suspended active status," meaning they are recognized as initiates, but may not take part in activities associated with those of Sigma Chi undergraduates.
“It is unfortunate when the Fraternity closes one of its chapters, but the severity of these circumstances made our decision for us,” says 70th Grand Consul (international president) Tommy Geddings, SOUTH CAROLINA 1985. “The offenses that the chapter has committed are simply too grievous to allow the culture that exists within the group to perpetuate. The Executive Committee was left with no other option than to close the chapter,” he says.
Sigma Chi is one of the largest collegiate fraternities with undergraduate chapters at 236 universities and colleges and more than 250,000 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-actionTM in every aspect of their lives.