Byron A. Hughes
Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
December 16, 2015
Dear Mr. Hughes:
This letter is to inform you of the decision of the Supreme Executive Committee of Kappa Sigma Fraternity as it relates to information received from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University regarding alleged hazing at the Nu Prime Chapter of Kappa Sigma. The information provided included a report from the Blacksburg Police Department determining there was no evidence of hazing after their investigation.
After reviewing the information provided by the University, the Fraternity conducted an investigation into these most serious allegations. The Fraternity found there was no evidence, circumstantial or otherwise, that hazing had occurred at the chapter. Furthermore, the Fraternity found several of its members engaged in internal communications not consistent with our values. Those members have been held accountable through the established conduct processes.
Accordingly, the Chapter was found not responsible for a violation of the Kappa Sigma Code of Conduct and not withstanding the University’s decision to withdraw recognition, remains a chapter in good standing in the Kappa Sigma Fraternity entitled to all rights and privileges entrusted in the chapter charter.
Furthermore, in accordance with your request via phone with Corey Hill at the International Headquarters, the Chapter has been directed to no longer use the name or emblems of the University in connection with its operations and informed of their right to continue to operate as a civic organization in the Blacksburg community; moreover, that each student’s standing with the University would not be challenged by the institution due to their continued participation in the Nu Prime Chapter. We appreciate your clear communication and expectation on these points.
It is our hope to continue to have a positive relationship with the University and continue open dialogue concerning our future together. We will make ourselves available to discuss that future, our Chapter, and our Undergraduates at your convenience.
Mitchell B. Wilson
CC: Supreme Executive Committee
J. Thomas Gee, District Grand Master - Southern Virginia
Alumni of the Nu Prime Chapter
Timothy Sands, President - Virginia Tech
Charles D. Phlegar, Vice President for Advancement - Virginia Tech
Patricia A Perillo, Vice President of Student Affairs - Virginia Tech
Frank Shushok, Senior Associate Vice President of Student Affairs - Virginia Tech
Rohsaan Settle, Director of Student Conduct - Virginia Tech
Kappa Sigma Directors
Response from Virginia Tech, via email:
Thanks for sharing the correspondence regarding the Nu Prime chapter. It’s certainly my hope that the chapter will be able to offer a safe and productive experience for those that choose to join. As they continue figuring out ways to identify themselves as a local chapter I would request that they modify any social media pages and remove the reference to “Virginia Tech” as part of their title or any aspect of the name of the university in their name; this includes but is not limited to, VPI, VPI&SU, VT, Va Tech, or Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. I’ve included a few below that we’re aware of:
My primary concern here is that use of the University’s name in reference to the chapter is misleading as it relates to their relationship with Virginia Tech.
Thanks for your assistance,
Byron A. Hughes
Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life
117 New Hall West (0428)
190 W. Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
p: 540-231-6609 | f: 540-231-7186