International Fraternity Closes Chapter at the University of Houston

News Release—For Immediate Release
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Evanston, Ill.

After continued discussion with administrators from the University of Houston, the Executive Committee of Sigma Chi International Fraternity has decided to close its chapter there. The action follows the consideration of concerns regarding the health of the chapter, namely that its members were not living up to the values of the organization. However, the Fraternity looks forward to maintaining a positive relationship with the University of Houston and to returning to campus after the summer of 2019.

In four years, all of the Sigma Chis who are undergraduates on the campus will have graduated, and the Fraternity plans to work with the university to rebuild its presence there. Regardless, all of the current undergraduates within the chapter have been moved to special alumni status, meaning that their undergraduate activity as Sigma Chis must cease.

“It was after working with University of Houston administrators and voicing shared concerns that we made our decision to close the chapter,” says Sigma Chi international president, Mike Greenberg, ILLINOIS WESLEYAN 1982. “We do not take closing a chapter lightly, but it was in our best interests to do so. We look forward to working with the university so that the Fraternity may return to campus in the future.”

Sigma Chi is one of the largest collegiate fraternities with undergraduate chapters at 244 universities and colleges and more than 240,000 alumni members. Sigma Chi provides a welcoming environment for young men of different temperaments, talents and convictions to enjoy a unique lifelong bond that extends far beyond college. Through world-class leadership training, extensive mentoring programs, and a strong focus on academic achievement, Sigma Chi sets itself apart as the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization, challenging its members to live by its core values and exemplify character-in-action™ in every aspect of their lives, and the lives of others.

 

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