Kappa Delta Responds to Coronavirus
We find ourselves in unprecedented times as people around the world are focused on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health and well-being and of all members and those in our communities is our top priority.
National Kappa Delta and local volunteers are working diligently to address concerns in our collegiate and alumnae chapters and the national organization. All universities where Kappa Delta has chapters have moved to virtual classes and/or temporarily closed their campuses to keep the virus from spreading. We are working with chapter leaders and volunteers to address the impact of campus closures, classes moving to online or alternative delivery, event cancellations and other decisions on our collegiate and alumnae chapters.
These are unprecedented circumstances that require universities, organizations and businesses to think critically and make decisions for the good of all.
Please reach out to us if you have questions. Collegiate members can direct questions to the chapter president or CAB chairman. Advisors and housing volunteers can reach out to the collegiate experience associate or new chapter manager for their chapter. Other inquiries can be directed to email@example.com.
National Headquarters Office
Kappa Delta views the health and well-being of members, volunteers and staff as a top priority. As with most other organizations and businesses, we are actively doing our part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in our communities. Therefore, our KDHQ staff members began working remotely on March 16, 2020, and will until further notice. Operations will continue as usual during our regular office hours of 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday. To reach a staff member, please visit the staff directory or email our general inbox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources For Remote Learning and Health & Wellness
Distance Learning: 5 Tips for Success
Distance Learning: Academic Tools and Resources
Distance Learning: Member Interaction
Time Management Tips
Strategies for Online Classes
Tips for Time Blocking
To-Do Lists and Time Tracking
Communication in Virtual Teams
Health and Wellness While Practicing Social Distancing
Additional resources are available for chapter leaders on virtual member engagement by logging into the Resource Library.
CDC: COVID-19 FAQs
CDC: Healthy Habits to Prevent the Flu
CDC: Spanish Resources
World Health Organization: Coronavirus
Enterprise Car Rental: College Student Travel Assistance
Free Internet for 60 Days
U-Haul: Free Storage for Students
Frequently Asked Questions
Revised April 9, 2020
Q: What can I do to protect myself and my sisters?
A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:
Maintaining physical distance between yourself and other people when possible.
Avoiding being out in public places unless absolutely necessary.
Practicing good hand-washing.
Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces often.
Practicing home isolation for infected individuals who are mildly ill.
Taking special precautions for older people and people with severe chronic conditions.
Q: What does my Kappa Delta experience look like now that we are not on campus?
A: In challenging times like this, the KD sisterhood becomes increasingly important. We are fortunate to have a support system of KD sisters who are there for us in the best of times and worst of times. You don’t need to feel isolated. While events and meetings have been cancelled or postponed to comply with nationwide recommendations, there are many ways to engage with your sisters. We encourage you to take advantage of technology to stay in touch. Reach out to those members who may feel disconnected. When you show care and concern for one another and those in your community, you live our KD values. Your chapter will be implementing some virtual member engagement activities — we encourage you to participate.
Q: Will we still have chapter meetings?
A: Each chapter and each situation is different. While national requirements have been reduced in response to the crisis, there may be a need for your chapter to meet to complete essential chapter operations. Chapter meetings may happen less frequently and will look different than your traditional in-person meetings. Your chapter council will look at options to host virtual chapter meetings as needed.
Q: I was asked not to return to the house and left personal belongings there. When can I return to get them?
A: Please work with your house corporation or house director to arrange a time to pick up your belongings.
Q: I have an outstanding bill from the chapter or house corporation. What should I do?
A: Please reach out to your chapter’s VP-F to discuss chapter bills. Contact the house corporation directly regarding bills you receive from the house corporation.
Q: Are we getting any refunds or reduction in dues?
A: Each chapter’s VP-F and CAB-F, alongside their national finance advisor and with input from the chapter’s council, are reviewing the chapter’s financial position and impact of any potential refunds or reduction in dues. Even though events may have been cancelled, the chapter may be contractually obligated to pay cancellation fees and other costs. In addition, the chapter needs to retain enough funds to remain operationally sound. We encourage members to keep their sorority account paid in full as your chapter leadership works through these decisions. If you have any questions about your financial obligations, potential credits, or billing concerns, please reach out to your chapter’s VP-F.
Q: Will housing fees, including room, board, common area maintenance and facility fees be refunded?
A: Local housing volunteers are evaluating this decision on an individual chapter/facility basis. At this time, they are focused on the health and safety of members, and these decisions may take time given this health crisis evolves day to day. These local volunteers care deeply for the collegians and the long-term sustainability of the chapter facility. We are in unprecedented times, and that requires us to balance member needs with the financial stability of the house corporation. Please contact your house corporation (or if you don’t have a house corporation, your chapter’s VP–finance) for information about housing fees for your chapter. We encourage you to be patient while they consider all factors and make decisions in the best interest of members and the chapter facility operations.
Q: My chapter has a house or a suite. Can I just talk to the VP-F about my housing fees?
A: Most Kappa Delta chapter facilities are owned and managed by local house corporations, which are comprised of Kappa Delta alumnae who care deeply about the collegiate members and long-term sustainability of the chapter facility. Local house corporations are separate legal entities and make their own decisions. Some Kappa Delta chapter facilities (typically University-owned spaces such as suites and dormitory floors) are managed by the chapter or a local housing volunteer; if your chapter does not have a house corporation, the VP-F is the right contact for questions about your housing fees.
Q: Can national Kappa Delta answer questions about my housing situation?
A: In most cases, local housing volunteers are the appropriate people to answer your questions about housing. Most Kappa Delta chapter facilities are owned and managed by local chapter house corporations, which are comprised of Kappa Delta alumnae who care deeply about the collegiate members and long-term sustainability of the chapter facility. National Kappa Delta offers guidance and recommendations to local house corporations, which are separate legal entities and make their own decisions.