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Expansion FAQ

What is expansion?

Expansion is a term we use to describe the growth process for Sigma Nu Fraternity. Although Sigma Nu would like to offer our fraternity experience to as many students as possible, we are not in a race for size. The Fraternity will expand only to where we are welcomed, and where there is adequate support for developing a strong chapter. Prospective expansion sites are evaluated based upon a number of factors, including the alignment with the Fraternity's principles and strength of the existing fraternity and sorority community. The presence of qualified support from the university administration, area alumni, and interested membership is paramount in the selection process. Ultimately, Sigma Nu intends to form new chapters in an environment that supports Rock Chapter-level performance.

Why is starting a new fraternity different from joining an existing chapter?

Simply put...YOU HAVE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT! In most existing chapters, you have to wait until you have the opportunity to lead, to voice your opinion, or see the fruits of your labors. With a new organization, you can mold this experience how you see fit from the very beginning.

What makes Sigma Nu different from other fraternities?

We could say that it is the size of our membership, our ethical leadership program (LEAD), our military heritage, or even our unique founding in opposition to hazing that makes us different from other fraternities. But the simple quality that sets us apart from any other fraternity in existence is Honor. In fact, Sigma Nu is the only fraternity that was founded upon the principle of Honor and remains so today. Learn more about the current condition of Sigma Nu Fraternity by watching the latest State of the Fraternity report

My parents don't like fraternities; what should I do?

Much of society has incorrect perceptions about the fraternity experience because of the media's portrayal of the fraternity and sorority system. To combat these stereotypes, encourage your parents to research the purpose of fraternities or to visit the campus, meet members of the brotherhood, talk to local alumni, and visit our web site, in particular the Information for Parents page. It is important to understand that Sigma Nu was established to develop young men as leaders and well-rounded students to complement and supplement the education they are receiving in the classroom.

What is Sigma Nu's policy on hazing?

Sigma Nu has a strict anti-hazing policy. The Fraternity's founding fathers met and established Sigma Nu in strict opposition to the practice of hazing that was occurring at Virginia Military Institute at the time. Over 150 years later, Sigma Nu Fraternity remains committed to a hazing-free and values-based developmental experience for all fraternity members. Please review the Anti-Hazing Intiative page to learn more about the Fraternity's ongoing hazing prevention efforts. 

What is the difference between a pledge and a member?

The differences between a candidate, which is Sigma Nu Fraternity's term for pledge, and a member are minimal. A candidate and a member are offered the same opportunities within the group. Each has the opportunity to share his opinions and ideas. Each has opportunities for leadership and personal growth. Both have the choice to become involved in other activities on campus and within the community. The difference between the two revolves around the knowledge about Sigma Nu and its values, principles, and operations. These are things that candidate members will be taught during the candidate education period.


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