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Sigma Chi was founded at the University of Missouri in 1896.

On May 8, 1999, MU freshman Dominic Passantino died in a fire at the Sigma Chi house at 500 S. College Ave. Passantino had been sleeping on the top bunk of a wooden loft that was enclosed in gypsum wallboard. A lit candle caught the bunk on fire and quickly spread through the house before firefighters could contain the flames.

In October of 2002, Greek Life and the interim vice chancellor for Student Affairs at MU imposed a four-year suspension on Sigma Chi following severe hazing violations.

Sigma Chi's international headquarters went on to revoke the chapter's charter in response to the violations. In April of 2003 the new Lambda Chi Alpha colony signed a three-year lease with an optional fourth year on the Sigma Chi house . In February, Sigma Chi returned to the MU campus. According to the Department of Student Life, members of Sigma Chi contacted the university in 2005, and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Cathy Scroggs gave them permission to begin recruiting new members in 2006.

The fraternity would face intense scrutiny and be forced to meet certain criteria during its first several years back on campus in order to get out of probation.


Address: 500 S. College Ave.

Phone: 918-821-9074

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