The Sigma Chi fraternity will not return to Auburn's campus this semester as previously planned, according to Hank DeSanti, junior in accounting and chapter editor.
The International Fraternity's charter was suspended in Nov. 2013 after hazing allegations reported by members of the community through the national hazing hotline.
DeSanti said the charter was to be suspended until Jan. 2015, but the chapter has collectively decided to not return until at least 2017.
According to DeSanti, the fraternity has been in contact with nationals since the charter was suspended.
"We met face-to-face one time, but I have been in contact with them a few times a month," DeSanti said. "We would talk about what [national's] process and plan to bring us back on campus was going to be."
However, after several months of conversation, Auburn's chapter of Sigma Chi declined national's offer to return to campus.
"They were just trying to see how committed we were to it and make sure that we would be on board for the process (of coming back to campus)," said Adam Bettis, member of Sigma Chi and junior in business administration.
"They were very nice about it, but we were on different pages of what we wanted to do and what they wanted to do."
Nationals only offered 10 brothers to return to the fraternity.
Last fall, nationals conducted a review of all active brothers.
DeSanti said chapter members were unsure of the standards that were set in order to decide what brothers would return and who wouldn't return.
"Everyone was judged pretty quickly," Bettis said. "A bunch of good guys got left out. Looking at that information it was tough for us to do something that would inhibit us from being with our best friends."
According to DeSanti, each brother underwent 15-minute interviews.
According to DeSanti, the chapter was unsure of the standards that were set in order to decide what brothers would return and who wouldn't return.
"That's only a 15 minute interview with each person, and I don't know how they decided in those 15 minutes," DeSanti said. "There were some people who we looked at as very valuable assets, but they wouldn't budge in us trying to get those people in."
Sigma Chi nationals and Interfraternity Council did not comment.
As of now the fraternity plans to rent their house on Magnolia Avenue to another fraternity.
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