May 28-31, 2015
Dear alumni members of the Sigma Chi Gamma Omicron chapter:
Last October, Colgate's University Student Conduct Board found the undergraduate fraternity to be in violation of the university's hazing policy, the Student Organizations Relationship Statement, and the Code of Student Conduct. After reviewing the charges and evidence, the conduct board recommended the sanction of "permanent withdrawal of recognition" for the chapter.
In accordance with the university's disciplinary procedures, the organization had the right to appeal the imposed sanction (Colgate Student Handbook, 2014-2015, pp. 177-178). That appeal, based on the grounds of the sanction's severity, was filed on October 31, 2014, requesting that the sanction be reduced to a three-year suspension of the chapter's recognition.
Given precedent and the history of Sigma Chi on campus, President Herbst has decided to grant the appeal in part and to modify the sanction from permanent withdrawal of recognition to suspension for a five-and-a-half year period, subject to terms and conditions that have been clearly outlined in his letter to the chapter's president. After the suspension term, which will end on June 30, 2020, the alumni of Sigma Chi, in conjunction with the Sigma Chi national organization, may petition the president of Colgate University for permission to recolonize the chapter. President Herbst believes that this lengthy suspension recognizes the severity of the behavior of the chapter's members, while also allowing the chapter an opportunity to rebuild in the future.
If, at any point during the period of this suspension, students engage in activity that is determined to violate Colgate's Policy on Unrecognized Organizations, the suspension may, at the discretion of the vice president and dean of the college, be continued indefinitely, or the sanction may be amended to an immediate and permanent withdrawal of recognition.
On behalf of your fellow alumni brothers of Sigma Chi and Gamma Omicron, they are counting on your cooperation in the coming years. In 2020, you will have an opportunity to rebuild the organization consistent with the principles of Sigma Chi. Please contact your alumni corporation president, Richard Harder '76, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any recommendations.
Associate Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations