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Sigma Chi chapter notice from Barbara Jones, vice president for student affairs


Late last evening, Thursday, April 5, representatives of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity met with members of Miami's Sigma Chi alpha chapter to inform them that the fraternity's executive committee has suspended the chapter's charter.

President Dennis R. Santoli cited “continual failure to uphold the high standards of Sigma Chi and frequent engagement in highly inappropriate behavior” among reasons for the chapter’s suspension.

“Miami supports the decision by the Sigma Chi International Fraternity to suspend the chapter’s charter. Student organizations are expected to provide opportunities for the development of students in an educational and safe environment. That was not the case at Miami’s Sigma Chi chapter. Representatives have worked together with Miami staff for several years to try to improve the culture of the chapter. We appreciate the efforts of the international fraternity in its decision to suspend the chapter.”

Most of the 33 fraternity and 21 sorority chapters at Miami adhere to best practices that they voted on for themselves 18 months ago, and that includes increased accountability.

“Some of the behaviors identified by the international fraternity at Miami’s Sigma Chi chapter include hazing. While hazing is a national problem for students in sports groups, music groups and Greek organizations, Miami and the Sigma Chi International Fraternity have no tolerance for it,” added Jones.

The university investigates all allegations of hazing and responds according to procedures outlined in Miami’s student code of conduct.


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