BLOOMINGTON — The charter of an Illinois Wesleyan University fraternity has been revoked by its parent organization following similar action by IWU as a result of a fraternity member’s death.
The Epsilon-Gamma chapter of Sigma Pi had faced either suspension or revocation. The Grand Council of Sigma Pi Fraternity International decided to revoke the charter.
“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,” Brian C. Alley, interim executive director, said in a news release posted on the fraternity website. “Sadly, these standards were not adhered to at Epsilon-Gamma and the tragic loss of a life resulted.”
Freshman Brandon Landau had been attending an off-campus social event before he was found in a creek near White Pines State Park near the town of Oregon and died on March 4. The Winnebago County coroner attributed his death to hypothermia, with acute alcohol intoxication as a contributing factor.
The university recently upheld a three-year suspension of the fraternity after its All-University Judicial Committee found serious violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Those included failure to register its off-campus event.
Police charged five people attending the party with alcohol offenses.
Alley said all current members of the chapter will be considered alumni of the organization, but they may not have any programs, meetings or events.
After the university suspension ends in May 2015, any students who want to start a new chapter of Sigma Pi can contact the international organization, Alley said.