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Sigma Chi Fraternity Suspended Through Summer 2024 For ‘Significant’ COVID-19 Violations

Penn State has suspended the Alpha Chi Chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity through summer 2024 following “significant violations” of COVID-19-related policies, the university announced Monday.

Sigma Chi entered interim suspension on October 2 after Penn State’s Office of Student Conduct investigated allegations made against the fraternity relating to violations of the university’s COVID-19 guidelines and State College’s ordinance. At the time, the fraternity appealed a finding of responsibility.

Penn State said Sigma Chi hosted “a large gathering” that broke COVID-19 protocols, including mask-wearing and social distancing.

The university also said the suspension follows a history of conduct violations within the fraternity. In a press release, Penn State cited multiple violations of alcohol and drug-related regulations filed against Sigma Chi over the last two years.

Although Penn State reportedly provided “accountability, education, and guidance,” Sigma Chi continued engaging in behavior that warranted policy violations, according to the university.

“Despite multiple opportunities in recent years to correct various misbehaviors, the Sigma Chi chapter blatantly ignored clear guidelines about large gatherings during the pandemic,” said Damon Sims, vice president for Student Affairs. “We cannot allow groups that show evident disdain for the most basic public health requirements to persist with the risk they pose to our community.”

While it’s suspended, Sigma Chi loses all privileges recognized student organizations would typically hold. It can’t participate in, attend, or organize any functions, activities, or events, including university-wide gatherings.

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Matt is a senior majoring in journalism and Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at mattdisanto@onwardstate.com if you hate him.

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