Sigma Chi Fraternity chapter revoked by ASU due to many Code of Conduct violations

Arizona State University has revoked its recognition of another fraternity.

According to a University letter, ASU's Sigma Chi Fraternity Chapter was officially revoked on May 6 due to multiple violations, including consumption of alcohol, damage to property, and hosting unsanctioned events.

"ASU does not tolerate individual or organizational behavior inconsistent with our mission as an educational institution and takes action accordingly. Sigma Phi was recently notified by ASU that the fraternity’s recognition has been revoked for violations of the Code of Conduct," the University said in a statement released Friday evening.

The Letter, written by Kevin Cook, the associate Vice President and Dean of Students at ASU, and addressed to the chapter's president, lists multiple violations between November 2012 and April 2014.

  • Jan 20, 2014: Chapter placed on interim suspension due to alleged involvement in hosting an unregistered, off-campus party on Jan. 19 conducive to underage consumption of alcohol and possible sexual misconduct.
  • Feb 12, 2014: University released chapter from interim suspension without disciplinary action.
  • Feb. 27, 2014: Chapter members yelled at referees and threatened an opponent during an intramural basketball game. Chapter was removed from intramural activities for rest of Spring semester.
  • March 28-30, chapter allegedly hosted unsanctioned event in Las Vegas where alcohol was served. This event was not approved by University or Sigma Chi International.
  • April 22, 2014: Chapter allegedly held an off-campus event where an underage person was served alcohol.
  • May 2: Chapter placed on interim suspension.

The Sigma Chi chapter will be closed, and all functions and operations, have been ordered to cease on June 4.

The decision by ASU is final, the letter states. The fraternity can request a hearing to review the decision, but it must be filed by June 4.

The Sigma Chi Fraternity will be permitted to request re-colonization, but not until the fall of 2018, according to the letter.

Students we spoke with had mixed reactions to the news.

"I think it's kind of ridiculous, like they're all going to drink its kind of just a given," said Natalie Nicosia.

"I do think they need to be more forceful about the actions they do take, because I feel like when they just reinstate a fraternity it's really easy for them to get them back and then get back into the motions of drinking again," said Amy Nicosia.

ABC15's Elizabeth Erwin will have more on the story TONIGHT on ABC15 News at 10.

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