Common Questions From Parents
Academics…Will Sigma Nu get in the way of my son’s education?
Sigma Nu exists to cultivate and develop ethical leaders. An education is the most important part of that formula. Your son is a student first, and a Sigma Nu second. To ensure this is happening, Sigma Nu in accordance with the North-American Interfraternity Council has a minimum standard that members must maintain at least a 2.25 individual GPA and a chapter GPA of 2.6. Part of being in Sigma Nu is holding each other to high academic standards and supporting each other’s achievement. Within each chapter the Scholarship Chairman and his committee are responsible for a scholarship plan that promotes academic excellence, connects members to campus resources, provides incentives for brothers who achieve, and supports members who struggle. Study hours, academic workshops, and peer support help ensure that Sigma Nu has a positive impact on your son’s academics – not the opposite.
What does Sigma Nu do for my son after College?
Not only does Sigma Nu provide lifelong bonds and friendships, we provide the tools necessary to be prepared to be successful in life after college. L.E.A.D. teaches our undergraduate members important skills, such as networking, interview and resume building skills and crisis management, to name just a few. By participating in Sigma Nu’s educational curriculum, your son will be equipped to be successful.
Will Sigma Nu provide an opportunity for philanthropic activities and community service?
Many of our chapters require a minimum number of community service hours from their members. Along with community service, most of our chapters also hold an annual philanthropy project. In fact Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. offers the chance for our chapters to take part in our Founders Week of Service, as part of our Helping Hand Initiative that takes place every spring. During that time, our chapters have the option of participating in a week of service to benefit four different organizations. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, College Charity Bowl, Character Counts and Habitat for Humanity have benefited from our undergraduates’ service during the Founders Week of Service.
What is The Truth about Alcohol?
Another common misconception of fraternity men is that all they do is drink. We are an Honor fraternity. Though our individual chapters may, and do, hold social functions, brothers are expected to uphold the laws of the city and state, as well as the rules of the university and Sigma Nu. Risk Reduction is taken extremely seriously and should chapters be in violation of our Risk Reduction Policy and Guidelines, they are subject to disciplinary action from the General Fraternity. The safety of our members, along with upholding the local city and state laws, is a priority. The Fraternity also offers (and in some case requires) a variety of resources addressing alcohol. Most notably is theGreekLifeEdu program, which also offers a track for parents: AlcoholEdu for Parents. Explore these for yourself by clicking on the program name. Also visit Sigma Nu’s national risk reduction page here.
What is The Truth about Hazing?
People often associate hazing with fraternities. Sigma Nu is unique in the fact that we were founded based on honor, which stems from our founders rebelling against the common practice of hazing at Virginia Military Institute in, VA. That principle still holds true today. The fraternal staff works very hard to educate our undergraduate and alumni members on the importance of teaching our candidates through activities other than hazing, primarily our L.E.A.D. Program (Leadership, Ethics, Achievement, Development). Sigma Nu has made available an anti-hazing hotline and e-mail address to anonymously report acts of hazing. This service has been made available not only to our undergraduate members, but to you as well. Should you believe that your son is being hazed, we encourage you to contact us 24 hours a day by calling the hotline at: 1-800-993-1869 or by sending an e-mail to: email@example.com. You can learn more about Sigma Nu’s Anti-Hazing Initiative here.
As a parent, what can I do to help?
Chapters are always looking for volunteers to help with chapter functions. Parent organizations are becoming more common as well. Get involved! We would encourage you to seek out the chapter officers and alumni. Meet with them if you have concerns. They should be able to answer any questions that you may have. Above all else, you should be asking your son questions. Questions such as:
1. How are your grades?
2. What is Sigma Nu doing for you?
3. Do you believe you are being hazed?
4. What emphasis is placed on social events in your chapter?
By asking those questions, you will be able to determine if Sigma Nu is the right fit for your son. Should you have any concerns, you can always feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 463-1869.
Here is a quick video with testimonials from parents of some Sigma Nu members: