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Lt. Commander

This officer resource page curates the many General Fraternity resources pertinent to your position to provide an overview of available tools. It is recommended you take time to review the resources below to familiarize yourself with relevant expectations, guides, and resources.

Manual Law and Risk Reduction Committee Development Strategic Planning
LEAD Program Pursuit of Excellence Officer Transitions Best Practices Library


Office of Lieutenant Commander Manual

The Lt. Commander's Manual has been written as a user guide for the position. Officers are encouraged to review the introduction for an explanation of the manual and how it is organized. Officers should then conduct the included self-assessment of competencies for the position; and then spend time reviewing the areas they're not familiar with, have questions about, or are looking for best practices.

Important Due Dates UPDATED for Fall 2023

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

Law and Risk Reduction

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.

Anti-Discrimination Policy of Sigma Nu Fraternity

As adopted by the 67th Grand Chapter (2016, San Diego, California)

No member of Sigma Nu Fraternity shall discriminate, with respect to fraternal decisions, on the basis of race, religion, creed, sexual orientation, disability, age, and/or national origin.

Committee Development 

Honor and Judicial Board Structure

As Lt. Commander, one of your primary expectations is to establish and chair an Honor/Judicial Board for disciplinary matters that may not warrant Trial Code. This document provides a standard structure to help you operate an efficient Honor/Judicial Board.

Committee Chairman Report Form 

Your committee chairmen should be conducting regularly scheduled meetings with their committees throughout the week before the Executive Board meets. Use this document so your committee chairmen can provide you with concise updates on their progress toward goals and projects.

Habits of Successful Executive Committees 

As chairman of your chapter’s Executive Committee, use this resource to ensure your Executive Committee is displaying some successful habits.

New Executive Committee Goal Setting 

A brief guide to help new Executive Committees establish their goals and determine a path moving forward. Use this resource during your Executive Committee retreat after elections.

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 expectations, tasks, 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. 

The 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 

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.

Pursuit of Excellence Program

Pursuit of Excellence Program

The Pursuit of Excellence Program (PEP) is Sigma Nu’s chapter assessment, standards, and improvement program. As Lt. Commander, you need to master this information and champion your chapter’s participation in the program. This link will provide you with everything you need to know. 

Officer Transitions

Officer Transition Resources

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

Officer Transition Checklist 

Outgoing officers should use this checklist so they know what to prepare and provide for their successors.

Officer Binder Checklist

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

New Officer Goal Setting

This resource should help new officers hit the ground running and aid them in establishing their goals and acquiring the necessary resources to be successful during their term.

The Art of Delegating

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

Best Practices Library

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 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).


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