After a CSU investigation of the Sigma Pi fraternity, university
officials announced Thursday they have terminated Sigma Pi as a
student organization with the cooperation of its national
“Sigma Pi’s national charter has revoked their membership and
CSU has terminated them as a student organization,” said Brad
Bohlander, a CSU spokesman.
The decision to dissolve Sigma Pi was based on details obtained
from a university investigation. Sigma Pi infractions included
recent incidents of hosting unauthorized parties and serving
alcohol at the fraternity house, which is a violation of
university-fraternity rules, and serving alcohol to minors, a
university press release said.
The national charter and CSU have been working closely to
investigate and draw conclusions on how and if to deal with Sigma
Pi. It has been a “joint effort,” Bohlander said.
The decision to revoke the fraternity of its membership comes
just four days after 19-year-old Samantha Spady was found dead in a
seldom-used room at the Sigma Pi house, 709 Wagner Drive. The cause
of her death has still not been confirmed by official autopsy
results, but Fort Collins police said her death may be alcohol
The decision to remove Sigma Pi is not solely based on Spady’s
“We’re going to leave as gentlemen with our heads up,” said
Darren Pettapiece, Sigma Pi’s chapter president.
Pettapiece refused to answer additional questions because he
said he was on the way to Beatrice, Neb. for the funeral services
of Spady and did not have time. Spady was born in Beatrice and
graduated from high school there.
Anne Hudgens, executive director for Campus Life, said the
members of Sigma Pi are dealing with two tragedies now: the death
of Spady and the death of their fraternal organization.
“The men of Sigma Pi knew it needed to happen and were accepting
to the responsibilities that led them here,” Hudgens said. “What I
understand is that they acted with dignity to lose their
It is not very typical for a Greek entity to be removed from its
membership and university standing, Hudgens said. “We have not lost
any chapters in a number of years, about since 2001.”
The university has begun this week to develop an alcohol task
force in lieu of Spady’s death. It will look at the programs and
policies concerning alcohol abuse related to CSU students. It will
also examine binge drinking, underage drinking and the Greek system
in relation to alcohol.
“In light of recent events, and as part of our strong commitment
to student safety, we will look to this task force to help us
evaluate our current efforts, compare them to best practices and
ensure that our efforts and actions are effective,” said Linda Kuk,
vice president for Student Affairs.
Kuk said that dealing with the issue of alcohol abuse among the
overall student population, as well as in the Greek System, is an
ongoing issue and problem at universities across the nation,
Rita Davis, Fort Collins Police Services spokeswoman, said that
pending the investigation of Spady’s death, criminal charges could
be filed on whoever supplied the minor with alcohol, if at all. It
is still unknown exactly how Spady made it from a single car
accident on Saturday night to the Sigma Pi house that night into
Sunday, Davis said.
Based on results of ongoing university and police
investigations, additional university disciplinary actions may be
taken against other students found to have provided alcohol to
Spady. University actions would be in addition to any Fort Collins
police or district attorney actions, a university press release
Fort Collins police have been called to the fraternity house 21
times in the last three years – once in 2002, seven times in 2003,
and 13 times this year. Sigma Pi has been associated with the
university since 1993. They were disciplined earlier this year for
violating university rules that ban parties at fraternity and