On February 17, 2012, the Grand Council of Sigma Pi Fraternity officially revoked the charter of the Gamma-Kappa Chapter at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Gamma-Kappa chapter had consistently been under the 25 man minimum requirement and had met with the Grand Council last July to discuss their plans for moving forward. On October 30, 2011, the chapter had an open party at their chapter house where alcohol was provided to guests. The police responded to a complaint and twenty four citations were issued for minor consumption of alcohol. The chapter was suspended the following day by the Executive Office for flagrant FIPG and Fraternity risk management policies. The chapter failed to follow the terms of the suspension which included submitting a risk management plan. In addition to the risk management violations the chapter has failed to meet their financial obligations to the Grand Chapter and properly report members.
Under terms of the revocation all chapter functions will immediately cease including social and recruitment activities. Present members of the chapter will be placed on alumni status. Members that do not adhere to the terms of the revocation can be expelled permanently from Sigma Pi Fraternity. It is the hope and desire of the fraternity that the Gamma-Kappa chapter can be re-established in the future.
“Sigma Pi places a high value on our chapter standards with the expectation that each chapter will conform for the benefit of their members and the International organization” said Executive Director Mark S. Briscoe. Briscoe also said “unfortunately it became apparent that these standards were not adhered to at the chapter and we were forced with revocation.”
Sigma Pi Fraternity has resolved to hold its chapters accountable for compliance with all Grand Chapter and University policies, including F.I.P.G. guidelines, new member education policies, minimum standards on chapter membership, and adherence to the governing laws of the Fraternity.
Sigma Pi Fraternity was founded in 1897 at the Vincennes University, in Vincennes, Indiana and is headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee. The Fraternity is one of the fastest expanding men’s college organizations in North America, with 123 active chapters and 6 colonies in the United States and Canada, and over 90,000 alumni. The Fraternity teaches its core standards and values of scholarship, leadership, and service through educational programming, and is the only Greek organization with an international philanthropic program, The ACE Project, specifically designed to give back to our host institutions.
Mark S. Briscoe