George Mason University Statement Regarding Sigma Chi Fraternity Decision
Posted: November 1, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
In light of recent news stories regarding the lawsuit against George Mason University by the previously-recognized fraternity, the Iota Xi Chapter of Sigma Chi, the university reiterates its support of the decision made by an independent Student Judicial Board in May 2006, to revoke recognition of this Greek university chapter for violating the university’s student judicial code.
Sigma Chi was charged with sponsoring parties under conditions that resulted in and facilitated sexual assaults and underage drinking. Sigma Chi was also charged with hazing violations. On May 4, 2006, a hearing was conducted by the student judicial board. Both the university and Sigma Chi had an opportunity to present witnesses, evidence and arguments during the hearing. At the conclusion of the hearing, the board found clear and convincing evidence was presented in support of the university’s charges and found Sigma Chi guilty of violating the student judicial code.
One of the university’s most fundamental responsibilities is to provide all students with a safe learning environment where they can pursue their educational goals without fear of interruption or regard for their physical well-being. The university is deeply concerned that one of its student organizations facilitated underage drinking, sexual assaults and hazing. It is on this basis that the university supports the sanctions imposed upon Sigma Chi fraternity. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of Virginia has already heard and denied Sigma Chi’s petition for a preliminary injunction seeking reinstatement as a recognized student organization. Given the seriousness of Sigma Chi’s actions, the university is confident that its decision to support the student judicial board’s findings will be upheld by the court.