Sigma Chi, one of Auburn University’s largest and most prominent fraternities, was given the boot this week by their national organization after hazing allegations surfaced. The fraternity has been on review by the international chapter since September 7, when multiple hazing tips were called in to the Auburn Hazing Hotline.
“The charter has been temporarily suspended until such time when we believe the environment at Auburn and alumni support is such that we can facilitate the restructuring of the chapter according to Sigma Chi’s ideals and put it in a place of prominence on Auburn’s campus,” Ciatto said.
There is no timetable for a return, but Sigma Chi’s president is optimistic that the fraternity will be back on campus within the next year. A hopeful, albeit unlikely, inclination for a group that will have to answer a lot of questions in the coming weeks.
“The hope is in a about a year we can come back with strong alumni support and bring back some members that are still around and rebuild,” said T.J. Harlin, president of Sigma Chi fraternity. “We’ve been here for 75 years and we donate thousands of dollars to Children’s Miracle Network each year through our Derby Days campaign. There’s a lot of good stuff that goes along with this fraternity and we’re hoping in about a year we can come back stronger than ever.”
Per a few tips that came in earlier this week, most pledges were obviously upset with the news that an entire semester of pledging at one of the SEC’s most notorious fraternities was essentially for nothing. Many believed it would be fair to at least be initiated before getting the banhammer from the national organization, but, unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Actives are also very upset with the decision.
A big thing is that we were led to believe that if we cooperated with the investigation, which we did, we would be allowed to stay on campus, and obviously that wasn’t the case.
Now, many pledges are considering transferring or waiting until next year when they’ll have the opportunity to rush a different fraternity.
[via Auburn Plainsman]