Kappa Delta Chi's Blog
NALFO was tapped last week to participate in a mental health and wellness initiative called 5onthe5. The idea behind this initiative is that on May 5th each of us pledges to connect with 5 other people, check in on them, and take a moment to just listen. During this time of high stress and anxiety the organizers behind this campaign wanted us to feel a little more together.
Who will you reach out to on the 5th? We’re looking forward to getting as much participation as possible!
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It is understandably a time of high tension and anxiety. Members’ lives have been disrupted and there are many things to worry about. KDChi should not be one of those things right now. In an effort to place emphasis on health and safety, we are asking members to focus on their personal lives. For the next two weeks, don't worry about KDChi requirements (including completing hours, paying dues). There are no final decisions on these items.
We will continue to monitor the situation and determine what is the most feasible solution for our membership. Since things are changing on a daily basis, we cannot say what that will look like at this time. No one will automatically lose their status. We truly have your best interests at heart, which is why we are asking you to take care of yourselves.
By April 1st, the National Administrative Council will communicate next steps and we will take it a day at a time. We will work with you and get through these trying times. Please use this time to focus your energy on your mental and physical health while we all grapple with the impacts of COVID-19.
National Leadership is aware of concerns regarding Regional Conferences and the coronavirus. Individual members who choose not to attend their Regional Conference due to coronavirus concerns will not be penalized and it will be considered an excused absence with the expectation to attend the Regional Conference virtually. At this point we will leave it up to the individual regions to decide whether or not to cancel their Regional Conference.
For Regional Conferences that are cancelled, nationals will be able to assist the host chapter in recuperating any cancellation fees incurred from hotel and/or catering services. Host chapters will be responsible for issuing any refunds to individuals, if feasible, and, before any cutoff dates.
We are aware that some universities have cancelled in-person classes and other events. If this applies to your university then please contact your District Chair, Regional Director, or Chapter Development Officer. Your chapter will not be penalized for missing events, service, or study hours. If a member chooses to self-quarantine, they will not be penalized for missing events, service, or study hours regardless of whether the university has cancelled in-person classes or other events. Any missed events or hours will be rolled over to the next semester/quarter or until the health advisories deem safe. However, we encourage everyone to continue with their scheduled events and follow precautions and recommendations from the Central for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/
We understand university regulations may impact chapters and colonies that are currently conducting intake. For any universities that have shut down or no longer allow in-person events, New Members will be able to apply for, and be granted, holdover status. For universities that continue to allow for in-person programming, the New Member Education process will continue as planned. The Intake Division is prepared to work with each chapter and colony for accommodations if needed, depending on current university protocol. Please contact the New Member Education Officer or Vice President of Intake for assistance.
As a reminder, please keep in mind the following:
The risk to the general public in the United States is considered low at this time.
While there is currently no vaccine, the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is similar to how you’d take precautions against the cold or flu.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the crook of your elbow, rather than your hands – and throw the tissue away immediately.
Wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds
There is no need to wear a face mask if you are well and do not have symptoms.
We are closely following developments related to the coronavirus, including travel guidelines and health advisories, and will notify members of any additional guidance.
College women are at high risk of sexual assault by acquaintances and dates. Among undergraduate students, 23.1% of females experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitate. The risk of sexual assault among sorority women is likely to be as great, if not greater, than that for the general female undergraduate population.
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. supports a woman's right to report and seek a fair, supportive, and timely due process. As a sisterhood, we will provide unconditional support of our sisters who are survivors of sexual assault and dating violence. We commit to advocating in support of sister empowerment, risk reduction and educating out members and non-members to prevent sexual assault on our campuses and in our communities.
We are specifically aware of posts by members of Omega Delta Phi in closed groups targeted toward our members that are homophobic, misogynistic, and promote sexual violence. As an organization, we do not accept this behavior toward out members and eagerly await to see the actions ODPhi will take to hold its members accountable.
As sisters, we are committed to supporting out sisters, friends, and all those who have experienced sexual violence. If you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual assault, it may be difficult to know what to do next. You can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org and receive confidential support.