UPDATED: Sept. 20 at 8:50 p.m.
Correction at 12:32 p.m. — The name of Sam Olson was misspelled and has been corrected. Elon News Network regrets this error.
Kappa Sigma International has revoked the charter of the Elon Chapter and have been removed from campus.
According to an email addressed to the chapter presidents and council executive officers, the International Headquarters made the decision after a "majority of members expressed their intent to resign."
In the email it states that this was not Elon University's decision, but they did work with Kappa Sigma's staff, advisors and remaining student members throughout the process.
"The International Headquarters and Supreme Executive Committee of Kappa Sigma Fraternity have informed Elon University that the charter of the fraternity's Lambda Lambda chapter at Elon has been revoked. The organization will immediately cease all activities at Elon," University Communications said in a statement.
The university said it did conduct an investigation and found the chapter it responsible for several Honor Code violations.
"The decision comes after the Elon Kappa Sigma chapter was found responsible for multiple Honor Code violations last spring, including incidents of disorderly conduct, unauthorized use of alcohol, compromising the well-being and academics of new members, and destruction and defacing property."
The statement went on to say that Elon's Student Life staff plans to work with the Kappa Sigma headquarters and Elon alumni to create a list of conditions and timetable to re-instate the fraternity.
On Tuesday, Sept. 18 the greek letters on Kappa Sigma's on-campus house in Loy Center were removed. A member of physical plant said the residents have until Sunday, Sept. 22 to move out of the house. The university said students will be relocated to other on-campus living arrangements.
Late Thursday, Sam Olson, president of Elon's chapter of Kappa Sigma provided this statement to Elon News Network.
“None of us wanted this to happen, every member is extremely disappointed in the route Kappa Sigma HQ decided to take in regards to the Lambda-Lambda chapter." Olson said. "I love every member and have thoroughly enjoyed our time on this campus. Sadly, the Elon culture is changing especially in regards to fraternities and Greek life, and we (as a chapter) were unable able to change with it.”
According to executive director of Kappa Sigma headquarters, Mic Wilson, the former members of Elon's chapter have 30 days to appeal their decision.
When asked if they plan on appealing the decision, Olson said "every active member resigned a few weeks ago, so no we have no intention of doing that."
The fraternity was disciplined in the spring of 2018 as well when, "Members participated in a 'Banquet” weekend where they represented themselves as another institution’s sports team," according to the student organization discipline status information provided by the university. Following that violation the fraternity completed its disciplinary probation, educational workshops and established a chapter standards board.
Kappa Sigma has been on Elon's campus since Sept. 21, 1973 according to information which was recently removed from PhoenixCONNECT.
According to the Kappa Sigma Fraternity's website, the fraternity has 300 chapters and colonies across the United States and Canada and claim to be " largest college social fraternity in the world with more than 200,000 living members." The fraternity was founded in 1869 at the University of Virginia.
Baylor Rodman contributed to this report.