Sigma Chi - University of Kansas

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Alpha Xi Chapter of Sigma Chi at the University of Kansas

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K a n s a s s i g Spring 2014 A P u b l i c a t i o n o f S i g m a C h i F r a t e r n i t y a t t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f K a n s a s s hortly after the fall 2013 semester began, an anonymous complaint of hazing at sigma Chi was made to the University's student Conduct Office. That office immediately conducted interviews with our pledges and issued a report that while no evidence of hazing was substantiated, the interviewers did not believe the pledges were being forthright with them. The national Fraternity received this report from the student Conduct Office and subsequently obtained credible documentation that hazing did in fact occur. as a result, in late september national suspended the pledge program and all active members of the chapter were placed on special alumni status (sas). national advised it would conduct a member review on the weekend of October 25-27, 2013. in essence, the member review process required a member who desired to be returned to active status and to live in the house to go through an interview process. Highly summarized, the member review team concluded that the chapter was not following the sigma Chi-approved pledge program and various forms of hazing were identified. The review team also found that the chapter was not following the sigma Chi Ritual. Unfortunately, nearly 20 members were not reactivated and remain on sas. What this means is that those on sas may not live in the house and can have no contact with the chapter now through two years following their graduation. also, the national Fraternity will require the chapter to participate in a number of brotherhood building programs over the next 18 months, and its pledge program must follow the national program and be closely monitored by the Fraternity's regional director or grand Praetor. The chapter was not placed on probation by the national Fraternity, and by mid- november nearly all chapter activities, including the pledge program and recruitment, had resumed. However, the University's student Conduct Office has placed the chapter on probation. Highly summarized, the probation means the chapter cannot participate in intramurals or Rock Chalk Revue until november 2014. The chapter is on social probation until a revised pledge program is approved by the national Fraternity. in addition, the University will require the house officers to meet with and provide monthly reports to KU's greek Life office. as of the date of publication, the national Fraternity was in the process of approving a revised pledge program as the chapter plans to have a small pledge class this spring. While the events of this past fall were unfortunate and disruptive for everyone, spring is a time for renewal and the chapter officers and members are dedicated to moving the chapter forward and are committed to following the standards and values of the national Fraternity. To the chapter's alumni, we cannot stress enough that no hazing will be tolerated. The House Corporation and advisory Board will continue to work with the chapter to ensure the mandates of the national Fraternity are implemented and that the chapter complies with the probation imposed by the University. in Hoc, B. Scott Tschudy '80 House Corporation President Chapter Looks Forward to a New start Brothers Committed to a Successful Future

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