BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — All Sigma Chi chapter operations at Illinois Wesleyan University have been suspended pending an investigation into a hazing incident.
Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall said in an email the incident happened at the Sigma Chi house Saturday night and resulted in serious physical injury to a first-year student in the fraternity’s spring new membership class.
Hall described the injuries as scratches and indents as a result of fraternity brothers writing on his head. She said all hazing is forbidden at IWU.
“We take hazing seriously. We’re going address everything along that continuum; the things at that lower level as well as the things that are more serious like personal injury and those types of things,” Carney-Hall said. “Any person who’s involved with organizations where there might be some of that lower-lever of hazing to know that it’s still not ok. Hazing in all forms is unacceptable.”
An investigation was launched and the chapter has been suspended.
“At this point, we are talking with students and gathering information and then there will be a conduct hearing that will determine the longer term outcome of this case,” Carney-Hall said.
Hazing is defined as “the imposition of strenuous, often humiliating, tasks as part of a program of rigorous physical training and initiation.”
According to the Sigma Chi-Alpha Iota chapter website, the fraternity is part of The Jordan Initiative a movement to “eradicate hazing and other practices inconsistent with the Fraternity’s values.”