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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!

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 Marshal Manual 

 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.

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.

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 duties and responsibilities, goals, and strategies relevant to the chapter's candidate education program.

Building a Big Brother Program 

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


CommunityEdu is a tool to assist members in becoming better educated about alcohol, hazing, sexual assault, and mental health. Marshals should incorporate this program into candidate education.

Sigma Nu's Anti-Hazing Initiative

Learn more about the Fraternity's 150 plus 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.

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.

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.  

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 can 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
  • 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 

Supplemental Resources

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.

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.

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.

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). 

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.

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 attention to those listed here.

  • Big Brother Programs
  • Underage ID Usage
  • Binge Drinking Culture
  • Candidate Bonding Events 

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