Looks like the party is over. The punishments for Sigma Chi and Pi Kappa Alpha are the first reported punishments for fraternities at UM in violation of the university’s Covid-19 protocols barring parties of any kind.
Sigma Chi and Pi Kappa Alpha, commonly referred to as Sig Chi and Pike, have been ordered to cease operations and are facing probable suspension, according to administration.
“I feel like a lot of times in this life, it is easy to make superficial friends or people who we don’t trust, and it is really hard to find a genuine bond. To have the security with my fraternity brothers, no matter what is going on, I will always have people who are there for me—support me, mentally, emotionally, financially and physically.”
“We encourage students to compete in these events in order to raise money and awareness for this disorder that currently receives no government funding,” says junior Haley Grey, the head of philanthropy for Delta Phi Epsilon.
“The Supreme Executive Committee of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity regrets that this action was necessary,” the statement said.
“During our investigation, it became clear that the ZBT chapter blatantly violated these policies. We value our 73-year partnership with the ZBT fraternity, and we therefore support their decision to close the chapter at this time.”
“Any organization who was found responsible for violating regulations will be held responsible,” said Steven Priepke, senior associate dean of students and the founding father of UM’s chapter of SAE.
“Greek Life is more than parties, booze and T-shirts,” said Cristina Luna, dean of the Association of Greek Letters Organization. “This session served as the first commitment to their new journey.”
Greek life at the University of Miami isn’t all about parties and formals. For some students who belong to professional fraternities, their organizations represent opportunities for career advancement and academic achievement.
“My brothers have always had my back,” Alexander said of his time in a fraternity.