BREAKING: Sigma Chi suspended, no return timeline released

Vanderbilt’s Alpha Psi chapter was suspended by the Executive Committee of Sigma Chi International Fraternity due to unspecified “accountability issues.”

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Laura Vaughan

Sigma Chi house in the fall, captured on Oct. 26, 2022. (Hustler Multimedia/Laura Vaughan)

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Vanderbilt’s Alpha Psi chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity was suspended from campus this evening, according to a press release from the Executive Committee of Sigma Chi International Fraternity. No return timeline was specified in the press release.

According to the press release, the Vanderbilt chapter did not uphold the “ideals and values” of Sigma Chi. The Executive Committee cited accountability issues within the chapter” as the basis for its decision.

“It’s disappointing when our members’ actions necessitate a chapter closure, but this was the right thing for us to do,” Sigma Chi International President Tim Sanderson said. “We look forward to eventually returning to campus and partnering once again with Vanderbilt University.”

The last Interfraternity Council chapter to be suspended at Vanderbilt was the Gamma chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon in February 2021. DKE was suspended due to violations of the Fraternity’s Standards on Associate Member education, social event management and hazing. 

In Fall 2021, Sigma Chi was under investigation for a policy violation but was not placed under suspension. The Gamma Delta chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, the Sigma chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity, the Alpha Gamma chapter of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and the Kappa chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity were also all placed on social suspension by their national fraternity headquarters during the same semester. 

Director of Greek Life Kristen Torrey stated that the chapter of Sigma Chi will be suspended until at least Spring 2027 and that the fraternity and Vanderbilt will decide on a potential timetable for the possible return. Torrey also said that the Sigma Chi house on Vanderbilt’s campus is the property of the school and that plans for the usage of the house have not been decided yet.

All members of Sigma Chi that have been initiated, per Torrey, are now considered “suspended active members” of the fraternity and thus are ineligible to join another fraternity at this time.

As of publishing, Sigma Chi’s president has not responded to The Hustler’s request to comment.

This piece will be updated as more information becomes available.