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College of Chapters

General Information

The Curriculum

College of Chapters is Sigma Nu Fraternity's annual leadership development conference for Commanders. This intense, interactive program focuses on leadership, skill development, and networking to ensure that each Commander has the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the important duties of their office. This year's College of Chapters will be held in Roanoke, Virginia at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

The College of Chapters begins Friday, January 3, 2020. Check-in will occur throughout the afternoon and the program will begin in the late afternoon. College of Chapters will conclude on the morning of Monday, January 6. Participants should plan to arrive in Roanoke no later than 3:00pm EST on January 3 and to depart any time on January 6.


The Commander of every collegiate chapter and colony is expected to attend the full duration of College of Chapters, in keeping with Fraternity policy. Partial attendance does not qualify.

If the Commander of your chapter at the time of College of Chapters will be someone other than the current Commander, it is the current Commander's responsibility to ensure that the incoming Commander contacts the General Fraternity and registers for College of Chapters by December 6, 2019.


Your registration fee for College of Chapters (excluding travel expense) has already been billed to your chapter as part of the Conclave Fee.

Online registration is now live. All registrations are due by December 6, 2019. Any registrations received after this date will be assessed a $75.00 late registration and processing fee. If you are unable to register online, please contact our office for additional support.

Please note: the registration fees cover all materials, conference fees, and lodging for the duration of the conference. Meals will be provided to participants throughout College of Chapters. This includes dinner on the 3rd, and three meals on the 4th and 5th.


All Commanders must be properly attired to attend the College of Chapters educational sessions and meal functions. Proper attire consists of dress pants (khakis or slacks), a collared shirt, and closed-toe shoes. Shorts, t-shirts, hats, caps, and sandals may not be worn to educational sessions or meal functions. Note, the College of Chapters experience includes a pilgrimage to Lexington, Va, weather permitting, at which a considerable amount of time will be spent outside. Please consult the weather forecast for the dates of College of Chapters and pack accordingly for spending time outside for the Lexington pilgrimage.

Delegate Changes

All collegiate chapter Commanders are expected to attend College of Chapters. If for any reason the Commander of your chapter cannot attend, you should contact Tim Braddick, Director of Fraternal Operations, to review your options.


Any registration cancellation must be received in writing to cofc.info@sigmanu.org to the attention of Tim Braddick. If you do not attend and do not provide notice of your cancellation, your chapter will not receive credit for attending.

If your chapter fails to send representation to College of Chapters then your chapter will be placed on alcohol-free housing status until the next convention, per the Risk Reduction Policy. Additionally, the chapter will be unable to receive a rating of Acceptable or higher in the Brother Development subcategory for this year’s Pursuit of Excellence submission.

Early Departures

All Commanders are expected to actively participate and remain on-site for the duration of the College of Chapters. Any chapter or colony Commander who departs prior to the conclusion of College of Chapters will not receive credit for attending.


Those who will be driving should plan to arrive at Hotel Roanoke no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, January 3, 2020

Those who will be flying should make arrangements to fly into the Roanoke Regional Airport [airport code ROA] by no later than 2:30 pm on Friday, January 3, 2020. Roanoke is a regional airport. Flight times are limited and airfare has been known to dramatically increase as your departure date nears. Please book your air travel as soon as possible. Participants will be responsible for coordinating transportation from the airport to the hotel. Options include:

  • Cab fares are approximately $15.00 (tip excluded) for a one-way trip to/from the airport.
  • The Hotel Roanoke offers complimentary shuttle service to/from the Roanoke Airport. Each shuttle can accommodate up to 11 passengers.
    • Airport Pickup: Guests should proceed to the baggage claim area and use the complimentary phone to dispatch a shuttle. It takes 10-15 minutes for pickup.
    • Hotel Departure: The first shuttle departs the hotel at 5:15 a.m. and shuttle service ends at 11:45 p.m.

Any Commander who experiences a travel delay on his day of arrival should contact Tim Braddick at (540) 319-4779.


The historic Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, located at 110 Shenandoah Ave., Roanoke, Va 24016 will host College of Chapters.

Participants will not need to reserve a room. Lodging arrangements will be coordinated by the General Fraternity staff following registration. Commanders should not contact the hotel directly. Reservation information will be included in the confirmed delegate packets, which will be sent by email approximately 15 days prior to College of Chapters.

Any special room requests must be submitted in writing to Tim Braddick at cofc.info@sigmanu.org.

Parking is available on-site at $17/day for valet and $11/day for self-parking.


The College of Chapters schedule is subject to change. Please continue to visit this portion of the Fraternity's website for regular updates to the College of Chapters schedule of events.

2020 College of Chapters Schedule

Please send questions to the attention of Tim Braddick at cofc.info@sigmanu.org.


Check out the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information. If you still have questions please contact us by phone, 540-463-1869, or email, cofc.info@sigmanu.org.


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9 North Lewis Street, P.O. Box 1869, Lexington, Virginia 24450
Phone: 540.463.1869 | Fax: 540.463.1669 | Email: headquarters@sigmanu.org

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