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Kappa Delta Responds to Coronavirus

We find ourselves in unprecedented times as people around the world continue to be impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) global health crisis and resulting financial challenges. Kappa Delta is continuing to navigate these challenging times and prioritize the health and well-being and of all members, volunteers and staff and those in our communities.  

National Kappa Delta and local volunteers are working diligently to address the effects of the pandemic on our collegiate and alumnae chapters and the national organization as collegiate members return to classes for the fall semester. We have provided education and training on safety precautions and illness response throughout the summer, and we are continuing to provide support and guidance to our chapter leaders and local advisors.

The situation varies at institutions across the country, with some campuses reopening, others holding only virtual classes and some using a hybrid of in-person and virtual instruction. Collegiate chapters are learning to host sorority recruitmentthat aligns with the institution’s requirements, many holding virtual recruitment for the first time in the history of the organization. Masks and social distancing for in-person recruitment and other activities are the norm. We expect all members to follow university and health department guidelines.

Even with these challenging times, the sorority experience remains a valuable and life-changing opportunity for collegiate women. Our members are learning resilience and adaptability and are embracing new ways of connecting with one another and potential new members. They are supporting each other during the global health crisis while banding together to make change to address systemic racism in our country and become more inclusive. It is an important time in the history of Kappa Delta. 

We are here for you! Please reach out to us if you have questions. Collegiate members can direct questions to the chapter president or CAB chairman. Advisors can reach out to the collegiate experience associate or collegiate housing manager for their chapter. Housing volunteers can direct questions to the housing resource specialist. Other inquiries can be directed to kappadelta@kappadelta.org. 

The National Headquarters staff members are working remotely to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Operations will continue as usual during our regular office hours of 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday. To reach a staff member, please visit the staff directoryor email our general inbox at kappadelta@kappadelta.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
Managing Stress
Health and Wellness While Practicing Social Distancing

Additional resources are available for chapter leaders on virtual member engagement by logging into the Resource Library.

General Resources 

CDC: COVID-19 FAQs
CDC: Guidance
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 Sept. 12, 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.

 

It is also expected that members follow campus, local and state guidelines and ordinances. In an ever-changing environment, recommendations from your local health department, municipality regulations and guidance for residents will vary depending on your college and university, city or county and state.

Q: What does my Kappa Delta experience look like this fall?
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. While events and meetings may look different, there are many ways to engage with your sisters. Be sure to participate in your chapter’s virtual member engagement activities and take advantage of technology to stay in touch with your KD sisters. If you are together in person, follow all social distancing guidelines of your university and local health department. 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. 

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, your chapter will meet either virtually or in person with social distancing guidelines to complete essential chapter operations. We encourage you to check with your chapter leadership for your chapter’s member experience updates.

Q: My campus has returned to a virtual setting for the fall 2020 term. Are we getting any refunds or reduction in dues?
A: Each chapter’s VP-F, CAB-F and budget committee, alongside their chapter accounting specialist (CAS) and with input from the chapter’s council, continue to review 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: My campus has moved to a virtual setting for the fall 2020 term. Will housing fees, including room, board, common area maintenance and facility fees be refunded?
A: Local housing volunteers are evaluating these decisions 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-F) 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: 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. If you need contact information for the house corporation, your VP-F can provide that information.

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 you chapter has a house corporation, your VP-F serves on the board and can direct you to the appropriate house corporation 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.

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