What is the time commitment like?
There is definitely a time commitment, but there are also so many benefits, like leadership and networking opportunities, academic support, and lifelong friendships! As a chapter, believe that you get out what you put in, so we encourage our sisters to get involved not just in our chapter, but in other organizations on Campus as well.
Some of the events we hold are optional, but our Founder's Day celebration in the Fall and our weekly chapter meetings are mandatory. Because we value academics highly and believe that academics come first, we also monitor members grades to ensure they are on top of their school work. We have many opportunities to play intramural sports in the Spring and Fall semesters, where we compete with and against other chapters! We hold events supporting our philanthropies each semester, and we also participate in other chapter's philanthropy events. We have many volunteering and service opportunities throughout the Spring and Fall semesters, which you can read more about on our Philanthropy page!
What are the Academic Requirements?
Each collegiate chapter sets minimum scholastic standards for its members to maintain. The standard of performance is set by the National Policy Handbook of Sigma Kappa. This reflects Sigma Kappa’s belief that individual excellence develops chapter excellence. Sigma Kappa chapters are expected to provide leadership in academics as well as in other areas of campus life. To learn more about the academic policies of Sigma Kappa, consult section VI of the National Policy Handbook.
What are the financial responsibilities?
Sigma Kappa is a not-for-profit corporation and relies on the national fees from its members to finance yearly operating expenses and chapter services. You can read more about those fees on our national website. Your daughter will be provided with a detailed breakdown of all the financial responsibilities should she join our chapter. We understand that it can be overwhelming at first, but it is definitely manageable. If needed, payment plans can be arranged between a member and our Vice President of Finance.
What is the Legacy Policy?
When the chapter is determining whom they wish to pledge, the chapter shall give careful consideration to the following relatives/step-relatives of collegiate members and active
Sigma Kappa alumnae:
Sisters • Daughters • Granddaughters • Nieces
While Sigma Kappa strongly encourages chapters to invite legacies to join our membership, legacy status does not guarantee membership and chapters are not required to pledge legacies.
How can my daughter benefit from Sigma Kappa after she graduates?
Sigma Kappa's vast alumnae network offers opportunities to stay connected to its values by offering volunteer opportunities within chapters all across the country and in your own town. Sigma Kappa volunteers are truly the heart of our organization. Our volunteer leader’s commitment to Sigma Kappa helps to ensure the longevity of the sorority and helps to create lifelong members of Sigma Kappa. In addition to our national headquarters staff, Sigma Kappa collegiate chapters are supported by our volunteers who serve as mentors and friends.
Since our alumnae network extends far beyond the Chico area, it is always a possibility to run into another Sigma Kappa woman after your collegiate career is over. Our current members and alumnae both have incredible wisdom, personal and professional experience, and loyalty to one another that proves that joining Sigma Kappa is not only for 4 years but for a lifetime.
Are there punishments for not holding to the values of Sigma Kappa?
Sigma Kappa expects that all members will follow Sigma Kappa policy, college/university policy, and all local, state and federal laws. The Sorority expects her members will make informed, reasonable, and responsible choices regarding herself, her sisters, her campus and the national organizations safe. Sigma Kappa has a number of policies designed to reduce the potential for harm to our members and to address situations where issues have occurred. Sigma Kappa requires regular education for the members on these policies. Collegiate Chapters and members are expected to self-govern behavior when it does not align with our values. Our risk management policies help to inform the use of a standards council process to address situations where issues have occurred.