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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 Candidate Development LEAD Phase I
Pursuit of Excellence Officer Transitions Best Practices Library  


Office of Marshal Manual 

The Marshal'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.

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.

Risk Reduction Resources

These resources focus on assisting the chapter as a whole through education and accountability. Take a moment to look through these resources and consider how they could positively impact your chapter.

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.

Candidate Development


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 effectively deals with their peers' behaviors. 

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.

6 Things I Wish I Knew as Marshal

This link connects you with six key things you should know when assuming your role as Marshal. This article, shared by an outgoing Marshal, was originally published in digital version of The Delta, but is a timeless piece of advice for all current and future Marshals.  

Building a Big Brother Program 

A guide to implementing a well-structured Big Brother Program based upon several agreed upon best practices.

Sigma Nu's Anti-Hazing Initiative

Learn more about the Fraternity's 150+ year commitment to the prevention of hazing. This is also where you can find the Fraternity's hazing prevention resources and information about the annual National Hazing Prevention Week awareness campaign.

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.

A Different Look at Hazing Workshop Facilitator Notes and PowerPoint Presentation  

This interactive, in-person workshop will help participants gain a better understanding of what constitutes hazing and how it can become a part of an organization’s culture. Participants will leave the workshop with tools to effectively intervene to prevent hazing and strategies for creating an effective values-based new member experience. Use this workshop to spark a needed discussion on hazing within your chapter or as part of the chapter’s National Hazing Prevention Week efforts.

Running a Candidate Class Meeting 

A simple outline of what a candidate class meeting could look like.

Building a Successful Candidate Retreat 

This resource walks you through the dos and don'ts for planning an impactful chapter retreat experience.

Sample Candidate Education Questionnaire 

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.

Team Building Guide 

Sigma Nu's Team Building 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 team building with, and discussion questions to translate experiences to improvements in the chapter. The team building 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.

LEAD Phase I

As Marshal, you are expected to work 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 can shape the future of your chapter and members through your involvement with the program.

The Marshal's role related to the LEAD Program:

  • 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
  • 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 

Pursuit of Excellence Program

Pursuit of Excellence Evaluation Guidelines

As Marshal, your role is most pertinent to the Candidate Development subcategory within the Pursuit of Excellence Program. This is a list of criteria for each operational area measured by the program.

Candidate Development Action Plan

This resource facilitates strategic planning within the operational subcategory of Candidate Development (as defined by the Pursuit of Excellence Program). This action plan instructs the Marshal and his committee on how to establish expectations, tasks, goals, and strategies relevant to the chapter's candidate education program.

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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