Sigma Nu is an undergraduate college fraternity that was founded by James Frank Hopkins, Greenfield Quarles and James McIlvaine Riley at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia shortly after Hopkins witnessed what he considered a hazing ritual by upperclassmen at the Virginia Military Institute. Sigma Nu's existence remained secret until the founders publicly announced their new society on January 1, 1869, which is the fraternity's recognized birth date. The fraternity has 279 (active and inactive) chapters and colonies throughout the United States and Canada and has initiated over 227,000 members. Sigma Nu, Kappa Alpha Order and Alpha Tau Omega make up the Lexington Triad.
Any form of Hazing is Dangerous and Illegal. The University of Southern Maine has a zero tolerance policy around hazing. If you suspect that you have been hazed, have witness hazing, or suspect that someone you know has been hazed, you can report your observations confidentially to university officials. Hazing Prevention Resources include USM Police Department (207) 780-5211, the National Hazing Prevention Hotline (888) 668-4293, and the Office of Greek Life (207) 780-5081