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A rogue group of students is currently operating on campus under the name of Kappa Sigma without any affiliation with the fraternity or approval of Radford University.
Kappa Sigma existed as a recognized fraternity on campus until fall 2012, when the national organization revoked their charter due to incidents of hazing. Radford University, as well as the Kappa Sigma organization have a very strict zero tolerance policy on hazing.
“They need to be aware they are making poor choices,” said Robert Marias, the Radford Assistant Director of Student Activities.
The university believes that the members of the former Kappa Sigma chapter are doing the recruiting. They are also holding parties as well as other social events under the fraternity’s name.
The officials of Kappa Sigma want any individual who has been recruited in the last three years to know that they are not actual members of the organization and cannot legally wear the letters. Since the charter to Kappa Sigma has been revoked, the use of the name, letters or anything else affiliated with this is prohibited.
“Any student participating in a sub-rosa chapter who is using our name, trademarks or logos without our specific approval and permission could find themselves legally liable for trademark infringement,” said Mitchell Wilson, the Executive Director of Kappa Sigma.
When the charter was revoked in 2012, the university and the national Kappa Sigma organization made an agreement that they could begin conversation about reopening the Radford chapter when the last active former member of the organization leaves Radford. Since there are still students on campus claiming to part of the former chapter of Kappa Sigma, that time has not yet come.
“When Kappa Sigma fraternity returns to Radford, we will recruit an entirely new group of men who are committed to a values-based college fraternity and who are committed to our values of fellowship, leadership, scholarship and service,” Wilson said.
The number of students who were members of the former Radford chapter of Kappa Sigma who are still students only number a few, but the amount of people that have been seen wearing the letters is much greater. That is one of the main reasons that the university knows that more students have been recruited since the chapter’s charter was revoked.
“I actually had an incident with a parent at Quest who had a son who was recruited and told his parents he was a member of Kappa Sigma,” Marias said.
The students operating under Kappa Sigma’s name do not have the insurance from Kappa Sigma or Radford. Anything that they do while parading under the name, such as violating the law or contributing to an injury could cause lawsuits to be filed against them that would have to be paid out of pocket by the individual.
“I just want them to stop what they are doing so that we are ensuring the safety and well-being of our students.” Marias said.
The national organization of Kappa Sigma is sending letters to students that they think may be involved, asking for them to stop before legal action is taken.