Little Hesitant About Greek Life?
We understand that it can be a bit overwhelming about your son wanting to join the Greek System. With Sigma Nu Fraternity, we welcome parents and ask for them to even get involved!
Sigma Nu opposes the practice of 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 Lexington, Virginia. 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 (new members) through activities free of hazing, primarily our LEAD 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is fraternity?
In 1776, the first Greek letter fraternity was founded. Phi Beta Kappa was founded by a group of William and Mary students in Williamsburg, VA. The basic founding principle of Phi Beta Kappa was to offer an outlet for students to further their philosophic knowledge, as well as provide a social outlet for the students of William and Mary.
"Phi Beta Kappa, like Sigma Nu, was organized for those with ability, ambition and serious purpose in life." wrote Dick Vaughn, author of Sigma Nu’s timeless essay The Way of Honor.
Sigma Nu seeks members who have a serious purpose in life, as well as an ambition to succeed in whatever they do. Sigma Nu offers a collegiate experience that will further his ambition and ability to succeed during his time in school as well as his experience that will come following his collegiate career.
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 2.5 individual GPA (we require at least a 2.75) and a chapter GPA of 2.5. However many of our chapters have a higher requirement for membership. In fact over 60% of our chapters have above a 3.0 GPA.
As a parent, what can I do to help?
We invest significant resources in equipping our members with the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy choices. One of our primary programs is GreekLifeEdu. At some point in his collegiate career, and likely in the first or second semester of his time in Sigma Nu, your son will likely complete the GreekLifeEdu program. This online science-based course addresses the critical issues of alcohol abuse and misuse, sexual assault, and hazing.
A companion piece to GreekLifeEdu is AlcoholEdu for Parents. This resource includes a set of talking points and resources designed to support the conversations about alcohol that you may have with your son.
Additionally, chapters are always looking for volunteers to help with chapter functions and parent organizations.
Get involved! We encourage you to seek out the chapter officers and alumni. Communicate 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, such as:
- How is your experience going so far?
- Are you doing okay balancing the new time commitments?
- How are your grades?
- What have you been learning through Sigma Nu?
- Have you taken GreekLifeEdu yet? What stood out to you?
- What has your new member program involved?
- What’s going well in the chapter? What’s not going so well?