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Consultation Musts

There are two components that make up the chapter consultation: The “Must Haves” and the “Menu.” Both of these components are geared toward the improvement of the chapter. However, the primary difference between the two is that the “Must Haves” establish a minimum standard of expectations for chapter consultations in regards to what our Consultants attempt to complete at each, and every, chapter they visit.

 Must Have Meetings and Descriptions

 Learn more about the Consultation "Menu".

An overview of the “Must Haves” is below.


In their work with collegiate chapters, one of the most important things a Leadership Consultant can do to assist the chapter is to put them in a position to operate effectively and efficiently. Thus, the leadership consultant program focuses on the training and education of the following key chapter officers.

    • Commander
    • Lt. Commander
    • Treasurer
    • Recorder
    • Marshal
    • LEAD Chairman
    • Recruitment Chairman
    • Risk Reduction Chairman
    • Scholarship Chairman

These are not the only chapter officers a leadership consultant can meet with, but consultations should include these officer meetings at a minimum. These officers have been included in the “Must Haves” because they most directly affect chapter operations and the fraternity experience provided within the chapter. Further, these officers directly correlate with key operational areas of the Pursuit of Excellence Program. In these meetings, the Leadership Consultant will:

  1. Train each of these officers on the duties and responsibilities of their office and provide them some guidance on how to effectively implement new ideas on fulfilling their responsibilities;
  2. Work with each chapter officer to set goals (i.e. what can they do to take their role to the next level) for their term in office, regardless of how long the officer will be in that position. These goals will form the basis of a Chapter Action Plan to be compiled by the Consultant and the chapter;
  3. Work with the officer to determine the greatest strength of his position, as it relates to how the chapter conducts its business (e.g. what is the best thing the chapter does in relation to LEAD programming, recruitment, the candidate education program, etc.), and then work with the officer to make that strength the inspiration of the rest of the chapter’s programs related to that position;
  4. Ensure the officer’s contact information is updated and that he is aware of his username, password, and the functionality of the Members Area.


In addition to officers, there are a number of groups within the chapter, and advisors outside of the chapter, that make up the “Must Have” portion of each chapter consultation. A quick summary of those individual and group meetings is linked below.

 Must Have Meetings and Descriptions

  • Greek Advisor
  • Chapter Advisor/Alumni Advisory Board Chairman
  • Division Commander
  • Candidate Class Meeting
  • LEAD Session Facilitation
  • Executive Board Meeting
  • Chapter Meeting (if applicable)

Strengths Workshops

Starting in 2015-2016, the Fraternity included chapter workshops into the standard consultation for chapters and colonies. In either the fall or spring of an academic year the consultation includes a special training on the key strengths and standards of a Sigma Nu man. Each year as part of the chapter's consultation, members participate in either the Social Strengths or Bystander Strengths Workshop.

Social Strengths is an interactive workshop focusing on sexual assault and bystander intervention. Bystander Strengths teaches students techniques to identify potentially problematic situations and how to directly or indirectly intervene, working through scenarios related to sexual assault, alcohol misuse, drug use, mental health, hazing, and more.

Learn more about the Social Strengths and Bystander Strengths workshops. 

Learn more about the Consultation "Menu".

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Phone: 540.463.1869 | Fax: 540.463.1669 | Email: headquarters@sigmanu.org

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