Special Report from President Wilson
April 10, 2012
TO: Faculty, Staff, and Students
FROM: Richard F. Wilson, President
TOPIC: Special Report
A few weeks ago, I notified you about the death of Brandon Landau following a Sigma
Pi Fraternity event at White Pines State Park on March 2-3, 2012. Subsequently, you
received a report from me that outlined an interim suspension of the fraternity based
on preliminary information about the activities that took place that weekend. That
interim suspension was to remain in effect pending results of a thorough review conducted
by the Office of Judicial Affairs and a hearing before the All-University Judicial
The investigation of this incident and the hearing for the Sigma Pi Fraternity have
been completed. The AUJC has found the Sigma Pi Fraternity responsible for serious
violations of Student Code of Conduct policies at an unregistered, off-campus event
with respect to the use of alcohol and marijuana and the lack of attention to adequate
safeguards for ensuring the health and well-being of those in attendance. The following
sanctions have been imposed:
· The Sigma Pi Fraternity will be suspended as a registered student organization
for three years with eligibility to return in the fall of 2015.
· During the term of suspension, no organized activity may occur, including
meetings, socials, recruitment, or other gatherings of the chapter.
· The fraternity may request reinstatement in 2015 and, if approved, will remain
on probation for an additional four years.
The fraternity has the right to appeal these sanctions in accordance with policies
outlined in the Student Handbook. Student Affairs staff will assist current Sigma
Pi members as they deal with these sanctions and look for new ways to be involved
in meaningful activities as students at IWU.
These sanctions do not imply a lack of confidence in the Greek system at Illinois
Wesleyan. We shall continue to support a high-quality fraternity and sorority community,
one that provides opportunities for members to excel academically, to assume leadership
roles, to engage in service projects, and to enjoy a healthy and safe social environment.
Illinois Wesleyan remains committed to a strong and safe community. The Task Force
on Off-Campus Events that I appointed a few weeks ago will begin meeting this semester
and continue its efforts into the fall. The work of this Task Force will focus on
ways to enhance off-campus event policies and practices to help maintain safe environments
for all students. In this regard, I applaud the Inter-fraternity Council's recent
initiative to appoint a task force of fraternity representatives to explore risk management
practices among their organizations.
I would like to thank the All-University Judicial Committee for its commitment to
upholding the University's Student Code of Conduct. We value the campus judicial process
as a reflection of our community values, our efforts to foster ethical decision-making,
and our dedication to a learning process that places a premium on accountability.