Officials confirm Fraternity new member class stole HokieBird from Hotel Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A James Madison University official has confirmed that members of the Sigma Nu Fraternity’s new member class were found responsible for the theft of the “HokieBird” statue in Roanoke.

The statue was stolen from the Hotel Roanoke back in September.

Authorities later found it on the side of the road in Charlottesville.

Bill Wyatt, Director of Communications and University Spokesperson stated via email to WFXR the following:

JMU’s investigation found that members of the Sigma Nu Fraternity’s new member class were involved in the incident. Their national organization developed a set of sanctions to hold both individuals and the organization as a whole accountable and shift their culture as well as make things right with both the Hotel Roanoke and the artist whose work was damaged. We supported these steps taken by the national organization and will continue to work with the remaining members of the organization to better align with their values and serve the JMU community.

Dr. Tim Miller, vice president of student affairs for JMU, also provided WFXR the following statement:

The cooperative investigation by the university and the National Organization found that members of the Sigma Nu Fraternity’s new member class were involved in the incident.  We have high expectations of our Fraternity and Sorority Life community and this organization’s leadership and its members failed to live up to these expectations.  Their National Organization developed a set of sanctions to hold the individuals and the organization accountable and shift their culture.  These sanctions included the removal of some members, limits to chapter activities, and a series of increased expectations for the entire chapter.  It is also a priority for us that the chapter make things right with both the Hotel Roanoke and the artist whose work was damaged and this effort will be ongoing.  We support these steps taken by the National Organization and will continue to work with the remaining members of the organization to better align with their organization’s values and serve the JMU community.

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