Sigma Chi fraternity placed on probation

By TCU 360 and TCU 360

The Sigma Chi chapter at TCU is on probation for hazing, said the international fraternity president.Mark Anderson, president of the Sigma Chi Fraternity Corp., said in a phone interview that the TCU chapter was not suspended but put on probation by Sigma Chi headquarters and TCU officials at the request of the chapter after a hazing incident occurred in late September.

Anderson said he didn’t know the specifics of the hazing incident.

Anderson said Sigma Chi demonstrated a clear example of holding itself accountable. Instead of awaiting disciplinary action, “they placed themselves under the microscope,” he said.

An accountability committee reviewed the chapter, and a group of administrators from TCU and Sigma Chi alumni wanted to see some changes made, Anderson said.

“The chapter asked to be placed on probation so that we would review and make sure that they were doing things exactly right,” he said.

TCU Sigma Chi President Adam Mundt would not comment on Sigma Chi’s disciplinary status. Two other officers and seven members contacted by the Skiff also declined to comment.

James Parker, assistant dean of Campus Life, said university policy allows local chapter leaders and alumni advisers to investigate chapters and make appropriate recommendations. TCU officials and the Sigma Chi international office, undergraduate chapter and local alumni investigated the allegations that “the Sigma Chi pledge program had irregularities,” he said. But he declined to elaborate or say when Sigma Chi’s probation will end.

“Sigma Chi handled this process as ethical leaders, completed their thorough investigation expeditiously and made sound recommendations, which the university and the (international) office accepted,” Parker said in an e-mail.

Parker said the consequences of probation are unique to each situation and would not give specific examples of these consequences.

“We take each individual or group-discipline situation and determine what response would benefit the individual, group and community,” he said. “An incident-specific response allows us to have a more significant impact.”

Anderson said the chapter will submit its pledge program before it recruits its next pledge class to the university and headquarters for approval.

“The executive committee would not approve the chapter having a pledge class until the pledge program is submitted and approved,” he said.

Anderson said the pledge program will be reviewed to ensure that it is in compliance with the Preparation for Brotherhood program that chapters are expected to follow. The goal of the Preparation for Brotherhood program is the communication of expectations of Sigma Chi brothers, academic institutions and society, according to the Sigma Chi Web site.

Anderson said Sigma Chi will also send its entire executive board to a regional educational conference in January and the international Balfour Leadership Training Workshop next summer.

Although Mundt said several other fraternities are on probation, Parker said Mundt’s statement was not accurate.

Parker said the disciplinary procedures of the two other cases of probation were completed last academic year. He said he could not name the specific chapters involved in these cases.