MORGANTOWN \u2014 Tuesday\u2019s talks at WVU with leaders of the four fraternities contemplating dissociation from the university produced positive thoughts but no immediate change, some of those involved said Wednesday.\r\n\r\nWVU President Gordon Gee said in a brief statement\u00a0 Wednesday, \u201cWhile there is still much work to be done, we had an open and honest conversation. I believe we more clearly understand each other\u2019s position, and we are hopeful that we can come to an agreeable resolution.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cNevertheless,\u201d he said, \u201cWest Virginia University will not deviate from its goal to provide for the safety and welfare of its students. We are also dedicated to working with our student leaders who remain steadfast in their commitment to strengthen fraternity and sorority life on our campus.\u201d\r\n\r\nAsked to elaborate on the status of the fraternities, spokesman John Bolt said, \u201cThe best I can say right now is that nothing has changed. ... As talks continue, we are in a holding pattern.\u201d\r\n\r\nWVU previously said\u00a0 the fraternities took action, in part, because they object to \u201cReaching the Summit Standards\u201d enacted this month in response to health, safety and academic concerns that led to WVU placing a moratorium in February on all social activities for campus Greek life pending release of the standards.\r\n\r\nThe four fraternities that wrote letters to the university announcing their dissociation with the school and intent to form an independent interfraternity council are Kappa Alpha Order, Alpha Sigma Phi, Sigma Chi and Phi Sigma Kappa.\r\n\r\nAlpha Sigma Phi and Phi Sigma Kappa later rescinded their announcements pending Tuesday\u2019s meeting with Gee and others at WVU.\r\n\r\nKappa Alpha Order and Sigma Chi \u2014 both suspended from WVU\u2019s Interfraternity Council pending rehabilitative action plan approval \u2014 did not rescind their notice, though Kappa Alpha\u00a0 \u201cpaused\u201d its move.\r\n\r\nFollowing receipt of the fraternities\u2019 letters, WVU postponed Rush Week until spring semester.\r\n\r\nBut Kappa Alpha Order continues to recruit members and promote rush activities on social media. On Wednesday, it announced an afternoon off-site skeet shoot and an evening basketball tournament at the fraternity house.\r\n\r\nGee told parents in a Monday letter, \u201cKappa Alpha\u2019s actions are in direct defiance to university regulations and protocols. Therefore, I must strongly encourage you to speak with your students and discourage them from participating in any Kappa Alpha event should they be considering this option.\u201d\r\n\r\nKappa Alpha spokesman Brent Buswell said\u00a0 Wednesday, \u201cAt this time, we do not have anything additional to add, but may later this week.\u201d\r\n\r\nAlpha Sigma Phi explored dissociation for a different reason, President and CEO Gordy Heminger told The Dominion Post on Monday: Lack of due process. He reiterated that in a Wednesday statement sent to The Dominion Post.\r\n\r\n\u201cAlpha Sigma Phi appreciated its time [Tuesday] with President Gee,\u201d he wrote. \u201cWe were able to stress that we have no issues, concerns or reservations with any health and safety policy or procedure established by WVU. We support all efforts made by WVU when it comes to health and safety and believe by working together, we can do even more.\u201d\r\n\r\nHe continued, \u201cWe emphasized that the decision to withdraw recognition had nothing to do with any health and safety standard, new or otherwise. The reason the students felt the need to withdraw was because they were told on multiple occasions, by multiple WVU administrators, that student organizations have no due process rights and student organizations could be suspended without even holding a hearing or being given an appeal option.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cThe students felt that was fundamentally unfair,\u201d he said, \u201cnot just for fraternities but for all student organizations. We were encouraged that President Gee seemed committed to creating a fair process and procedure for all student organizations, which included an opportunity for a hearing and an appeal.\u201d\r\n\r\nMichael J. Church, national executive director of Sigma Chi, sent a statement that repeated what was already known about the fraternity, with no new comment on the talks. Church said\u00a0 the Mu Mu [WVU] chapter \u201chas been placed under a suspension of operations by the international fraternity while we investigate an alleged report that the chapter may have engaged in conduct that is not reflective of our high standards.\u201d\r\n\r\nHe continued, \u201cWe are currently investigating that situation and are reserving our decision on supporting the chapter\u2019s desire to disassociate themselves with West Virginia University until we can determine the extent and validity of the allegations.\u201d\r\n\r\nAlpha Sigma Phi is a recognized fraternity undergoing educational sanctions. Phi Sigma Kappa is suspended through spring 2021. Phi Sigma Kappa leaders could not be reached for comment.