Welcome to the General Fraternity Resource Page for the office of Marshal. As Marshal, there are numerous duties and expectations placed upon you. Fortunately, for all of these responsibilities, there have been just as many resources created aimed at assisting you meet them.
This webpage consolidates the many resources pertinent to your specific position in order to provide a 360 degree view of what tools are available. It is recommended you take the time to review the resources on this page shortly after election, as it will help you better prepare as Marshal. Throughout your tenure in this position, you will undoubtedly be faced with some difficult challenges. Trust that this webpage will serve as an easily accessible source to help you meet those challenges. Good luck!
These resources pertain to the specific duties of your position. It is recommended that you start by reviewing your officer manual, as all other links on this webpage stem from the information in the manual.
Office of Marshal Manual *NEW*
The Law of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc.
The Law is the three part document (Constitution, Statutes, and Trial Code) which governs Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. The Law sets membership requirements, standards of conduct, and the framework for the operation of all entities of the Fraternity, including collegiate chapters.
Risk Reduction Policy and Guidelines
Along with The Law of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. the Risk Reduction Policy and Guidelines provides our constituents with specific policies on areas such as the education of initiates and candidates, activities of the chapter, premises of the chapter and hazing. The Risk Reduction Policy and Guidelines is updated every 2 years, as needed by the Grand Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity.
Pursuit of Excellence - Candidate Development
As Marshal, your role is most pertinent to the Candidate Development subcategory within the Pursuit of Excellence Program. This is a list of criteria required to achieve a rating of Excellence.
Big Brother Program
A guide to implementing a well-structured Big Brother Program based upon several agreed upon best practices.
GreekLifeEdu is a tool to assist members in becoming better educated about alcohol, hazing and sexual assault. Marshals should incorporate this program into candidate education.
Responsibilities Regarding LEAD Phase I
As Marshal, you are responsible for working with the chapter's LEAD Chairman to implement and run Phase I of the LEAD Program. Phase I: The Way of Honor is Sigma Nu's Candidate Education Program. It gives Candidates a foundation of knowledge about Sigma Nu history, leadership, values, ethics and teamwork. Your role as Marshal is essential to the success of the program and in the education of Candidates. You have the opportunity to shape the future of your chapter and members through your involvement with the program.
Your responsibilities as Marshal related to the LEAD Program are:
- Attend all Phase I LEAD Sessions with the Candidate Class
- Be a member of the chapter’s LEAD Committee
- Recruit outside facilitators for Phase I LEAD sessions
- Ensure candidates complete the online portion of Phase I sessions prior to attending the facilitated portion
- Take attendance at Phase I LEAD sessions
- Read and respond to any LEAD reflection questions from the Candidates
- Personally facilitate one or more Phase I LEAD Sessions
- Attend a Sigma Nu Institute
- Report completed Phase I LEAD sessions
- Promote the LEAD Program to the Candidates and the rest of the chapter
Getting Started with Phase I
To familiarize yourself with the LEAD Program, you should take the following steps:
Phase I: The Way of Honor
Some guest facilitators may need access to Sigma Nu’s online LEAD content in order to properly prepare. Use this link to request online access for a guest facilitator.
Although not directly related to the expectations of the position, these resources can help you execute them.
Candidate Education Program Components
A standard list of components a Marshal may want to incorporate when developing a complete candidate education program. This document includes tips for utilizing LEAD Phase I, and sample 6, 8, 10, and 12 week candidate program calendars.
Running a Candidate Class Meeting
A simple outline of what a candidate class meeting could look like.
Building a Successful Candidate Retreat *NEW*
This resources walks you through the dos and donts for planning an impactful chapter retreat experiences.
Sample Candidate Education Questionnaire *NEW*
This sample questionnaire allows Marshals to evaluate the efficacy of the chapter's candidate education program. The chapter should administer the evaluation just after the initiation of the chapter's newest members.
Teambuilding Guide *NEW*
Sigma Nu's Teambuilding Guide contains nearly 70 activities for chapters to use at retreats, meetings, LEAD sessions, and brotherhood events. The guide includes facilitation tips, suggested audiences and events to use teambuilding with, and discussion questions to translate experiences to improvements in the chapter. The teambuilding activities shared here are only a small sampling of what Sigma Nu chapters, colonies, members, and alumni can use to create experiential learning opportunities. The guide provides tips on facilitating activities; selecting activities for specific audiences and events; addressing key themes like communication, trust, and problem-solving; easy to follow instructions; and discussion guides to process teambuilding experiences.
Best Practices Library
This library includes activities, programs, processes, and practices that result in or lead to excellent performance. Practices were collected from Sigma Nu chapters across North America of every size, institutional type, and region of the country. The best ideas and practices that could and should be replicated by other chapters are found here.
The library allows users to sort through over 200 ideas, examples, and templates. Best practices are sorted by area of operations (as defined by the Pursuit of Excellence Program) and subcategorized by type (e.g. accountability ideas, events, finances).
Sigma Nu Talks
Sigma Nu Talks are a series of curated TED Talks and YouTube clips paired with discussion guides and application ideas to be shared during chapter or candidate meetings, as part of a retreat, or as their own mini LEAD session. The concept is fairly simple - gather together a group of Sigma Nus, watch one or more of the suggested talks, and create a conversation using the included discussion guides.
Sigma Nu Talks...Leadership *UPDATED*
This series of talks covers the topics of Change, Leadership, and Trust.
Sigma Nu Talks...Values *UPDATED*
This series of talks covers the topics of Character, Motivation, Personal Development, and Success.
Sigma Nu Talks...Social Issues *UPDATED*
This series of talks covers the topics of Diversity, Men's Issues, and Mental Health.
Common Alcohol-Related Issues
Many of the most important decisions a chapter must make do not necessarily present themselves in a formal chapter setting, but rather on the weekends or during special campus sporting and alumni events. How to handle situations that could potentially alter the future of a chapter and its members is a pressing issue. This collection of "white papers" addresses common alcohol-related topics and instances that chapter leaders and members face on a potentially regular basis and at most, if not all, colleges and universities.
We Have A Situation
While each of the topics covered in this resource should be of importance to the entire chapter, those listed below directly affect the Marshal area of influence. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the entire resource and pay particular attention to those listed here.
- Big Brother Programs
- Underage ID Usage
- Binge Drinking Culture
- Candidate Bonding Events