Central Arkansas Chapter Suspended

Published on October 29, 2016 in News, Press Releases

WARRENSBURG, MISSOURI – Sigma Tau Gamma Headquarters condemns the photograph that was taken at a Halloween event at the University of Central Arkansas on October 28 depicting a member of the fraternity with other members in a ‘Bill Cosby’ costume with black face.

The type of behavior exhibited by our members will not be tolerated and requires swift and immediate action. This afternoon, the Fraternity’s Chief Executive Officer Steve Latour took the unprecedented step of holding an emergency call with the Fraternity’s Board of Directors and asked that the student pictured in black face be expelled from Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. The Board of Directors agreed unanimously and the student has since been notified.

Additionally, the Sigma Chapter has been suspended effectively immediately until a full investigation can be conducted. This means that all chapter activities and meetings cannot occur.

We have a duty and responsibility to practice the principles we espouse to uphold and act in a responsible manner in all of the behaviors we exhibit as members of the fraternity. I would like to thank the UCA students and the Students for the Propagation of Black Culture (SPBC) that brought this incident to our attention,” said Steve Latour, Chief Executive Officer.

Sigma Tau Gamma Headquarters will work in conjunction with University of Central Arkansas administration to investigate this incident and to determine the sanctions necessary to ensure that our members are respectful of all cultures and races moving forward.

Media Contact:
Steven Latour
Chief Executive Officer


Founded in Warrensburg, Missouri at the University of Central Missouri. On June 28, 2020, the fraternity will commemorate its 100th Anniversary. Today, there are more than 3,000 undergraduate members on 75 college/university campuses in 30 states. There are 60,391 living alumni. The Fraternity is headquartered 60 miles east of downtown Kansas