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CommanderThis 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 Commander. 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!

Primary Resources

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 Commander Manual

College of Chapters resources

The Law of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc.

The Law is the Fraternity's constitution. It sets membership requirements, standards of conduct, and the framework for the operation of all entities of the Fraternity, including collegiate chapters. The Law also includes the Trial Code - a set of due process rules and procedures for disciplining initiated members.

Risk Reduction Policy

Along with The Law of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. the Risk Reduction Policy 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.

Important Due Dates *UPDATED for Spring 2022*

This quick reference sheet covers regular paperwork and billings chapters need to turn in to the General Fraternity. Major events are also included.

Trial Code Procedures

A tutorial on correctly and effectively utilizing the Trial Code.

The Visual Trial Code

A visual, step-by-step guide to properly completing Trial Code procedures.

Combined Notice of Complaint and Trial Notice

This document combines the Notice of Complaint and Trial Notice needed for the completion of Trial Code procedure.

Members Area Instructions for the Commander and Recorder

An overview of the Members Area for the Commander and Reecorder. This document includes instructions for each of the Members Area functions the Commander and Recorder control. More specific how-to instructions for updating the chapter’s roster and other information can be found in the documents below.

How to Update the Members Area

Step-by-step instructions with website screenshots make updating the Members Area easy.

Officer Transition Resources

Compilation of resources to assist collegiate chapters with elections and officer transitions.

Supplemental Resources

Although not directly related to the expectations of the position, these resources can help you execute them.

Generating Positive Press

This resource explains the basics on earned media, or the practice of getting reporters and news media outlets to cover your chapter's events and accomplishments. From philanthropy events to innovative LEAD sessions to recruitment milestones, generating positive media coverage begins with mastering the press release.

We Have A Situation

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.

Officer Transition Checklist 

This checklist should be used by outgoing officers, so they know what to prepare and provide to their successors.

Officer Binder Checklist

This checklist will walk new or outgoing officers on the preparation of the Officer Binder/Notebook, an important resource for the officer transition process.

Ten Commandments of Leadership

Leadership rules to live by from Lynn Little.

The Art of Delegating

Introductory strategies for sharing the workload, empowering others, and getting things done.

Teambuilding Guide

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.

Mental Health Resource for Officers

This resource offers an interactive, online program – Behind Happy Faces Advisor Resource Series – to equip officers and volunteers with an understanding on how to care for the mental health of themselves and their members. The Advisor Resource Series is comprised of five 5-10-minute online modules that can be completed in one setting or spread out over as many sessions as you would like.

Strategic Planning

The following resources exist to support the chapter in the strategic planning process. 

Strategic Planning and Action Plans Overview

This resource provides initial guidance and support for the Chapter Strategic Plan Template and the 10 PEP Action Plans. The overview provides resources for developing a strategic plan and creating S.M.A.R.T goals for a chapter's operations.

Chapter Strategic Plan Template

This resource serves as a helpful guide for the development of your chapter's strategic plan. This template serves as a complement to work completed through the PEP Strategy Session and the Strategic Planning LEAD Session.

PEP: Action Plans - The following PEP: Action Plans were created to support chapters in developing a comprehensive plan for achieving Excellence in each of the 10 subcategories of the Pursuit of Excellence Program. Each plan facilitates the establishment of officer and committee responsibilities, goals, and operational strategies. The Commander and Lt. Commander should work with the chapter's officers to ensure that each action plan is completed by the appropriate officers and committee members and that they support the mission, vision, purpose of the chapter's overall strategic plan. 

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 400 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).

LEAD Program
The LEAD Program

Strategic Planning
Quick access to the All Chapter LEAD session and resources. 
Goal Setting
Quick access to the All Chapter LEAD session and resources.
Officer Transition
Quick access to the All Chapter LEAD session and resources. 
Quick access to the All Chapter LEAD session and resources. 
Quick access to the All Chapter LEAD session and resources. 
Effective Meetings
Quick access to the All Chapter LEAD session and resources.
All-Chapter LEAD


What you need to know to have your members participate in this proven effective course. Members will experience a personalized, confidential experience that addresses healthy behaviors and to effectively deal with the behaviors of their peers.

CommunityEdu FAQ

Answers to everything CommunityEdu – what it is, who should complete it, when it needs to be completed, how the chapter will benefit, and details about the financial incentive policy.

Pursuit of Excellence

Everything you need to understand the program and put your chapter on the road to excellence.

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 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

This series of talks covers the topics of Change, Leadership, and Trust. 

Sigma Nu Talks...Values

This series of talks covers the topics of Character, Motivation, Personal Development, and Success.

Sigma Nu Talks...Social Issues

This series of talks covers the topics of Diversity, Men's Issues, and Mental Health.

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