MU fraternity Sigma Chi suspended

The MU chapter of Sigma Chi has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, MU spokesman Christian Basi said Thursday.

“When an organization is suspended, they are not allowed to participate in any university activities,” Basi said in an email.

This would include Greek Life activities accompanied with Homecoming on Oct. 20.

The nature of the investigation could not be disclosed, Basi said.

The fraternity faced probation in 2017 that ends Dec. 14, 2018, according to the Community Conduct History of MU’s Fraternity and Sorority Life. The probation was due to providing alcohol to minors.

Sigma Chi national headquarters’ staff were unavailable for comment on Thursday. MU’s Sigma Chi chapter has 163 members and 43 pledges, according to the national headquarters’ website. The chapter’s house is located at 500 S. College Ave.

With the addition of Sigma Chi, there are now eight MU fraternities under suspension, one with no “end suspension date” in sight.

“Fraternities must live with an emphasis on the negative behavior and frequent medial neglect of the good things they do,” reads a post on MU Sigma Chi’s website reflecting on other fraternities’ suspension.

The suspensions include violations regarding illegal use of alcohol, hazing and disruption of university activities, according to the Community Conduct History. Some suspensions are due to violations of MU’s policies, while others are because of violations of national fraternity policy. When fraternities are under suspension, they cannot recruit new members.

Delta Upsilon, which was suspended for illegal use of alcohol in 2016, is reaching the end of their suspension in fall 2018.

The ending of suspensions are met with hope in some cases.

“After the suspension ends, we remain optimistic that the chapter at the University of Missouri can be re-established with new members who exemplify our beliefs and serve as leaders on campus and in their community,” Sigma Alpha Epsilon Communications Director Johnny Sao said in previous Missourian reporting.

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