Sigma Chi frat house will be vacated after Southern Miss chapter cited for violations

Ellen Ciurczak, Hattiesburg American

After adding couches to their firepit, the fire grew out of control, its heat causing a window to crack. The fraternity, Delta Chi, lost the opportunity to lease again in January after other indiscretions.Wochit

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A plan of action has been undertaken against the Theta Delta chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Southern Mississippi that may include the chapter’s loss of its fraternity house and other sanctions.

The violations do not stem from one specific incident, according to Jim Coll, Southern Miss chief communications officer,

But a three-phase plan of action outlined by the Sigma Chi International Headquarters calls for a thorough membership review, a 12-month social event moratorium and 18-month moratorium on alcohol.

Student conduct charges or criminal charges could be in some fraternity members’ futures if the plan fails to be implemented in a timely and comprehensive manner, or new information is revealed, according to Coll.

According to Coll,the plan is intended to revitalize the Theta Delta chapter and ensure its long-term success at the university.

“Denny Bubrig, USM’s assistant vice president for Student Life, is supportive of the plan, which was developed in consultation with the university and local alumni to remedy deficiencies and violations of the Student Code of Conduct by its members — and not any one particular incident,” Coll said in an email.

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The plan also includes continuing education related to strategic planning, alcohol/drug use and abuse, membership recruitment, and personal responsibility and accountability.

Fall semester classes ended at Southern Miss Friday and chapter members were scheduled to vacate their campus fraternity house then.

“The university will determine the house’s best utilization for the future,” Coll said.

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