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The Hokie Bird was stolen from Hotel Roanoke and is valued at $8,500. 

JMU Vice President for Student Affairs Tim Miller issued a statement Friday night confirming that Sigma Nu’s pledge class was involved in stealing an $8,500 Hokie Bird from the Hotel Roanoke. 

JMU is now working with the Roanoke Police Department and Sigma Nu National Headquarters to handle the situation. In his statement, Miller apologized on behalf of JMU to Hotel Roanoke, the artist of the statue and Virginia Tech. 

Activities like this have no place in JMU organizations, and we expect more from their members and the students elected to lead them,” Miller said. 

According to the Roanoke Police Department, the statue has since been returned.

According to a statement from Sigma Nu headquarters, both JMU and Sigma Nu have enacted a temporary suspension of the chapter's activities, pending the completion of the ongoing investigation.

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