What is the meaning of 'Delta Eta'?
The name of our chapter is Delta Eta, when we talk about Sigma Kappa, we use this to specify which university we are from. Each university with a Sigma Kappa sorority has their own chapter.
What are the financial responsibilities associated with joining a sorority?
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. The amount of money spent on sorority is unique to each chapter and university. However, during recruitment your daughter will receive a breakdown of the expenses associated with joining our chapter. This can be very overwhelming at first, but we assure you that the cost is manageable and payment plans can be arranged if needed.
Is there an academic requirement to join?
We do require that members maintain a 2.7 GPA in order to remain in good standing with our chapter. If they happen to fall below, we have them meet with our vice president of academic excellence to discuss a plan to improve their GPA. If a members GPA is consistently below the requirement, they will be put on a sort of 'probation' which will bar them from attending some chapter events. Members will also be asked to complete study points, talked about in the "what does the time commitment look like" section of this page. Similar steps are taken if a member fails to complete these points. We cannot stress enough that studies come first! While being in a sorority is an amazing opportunity and, hopefully, a part of your daughters college experience, we integrate academics into our chapters values and expectations.
What does the time commitment look 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 we, like many others, believe that you get out what you put in, so we encourage our sisters to get involved not only our chapter, but in other Campus activities as well.
For our chapter specifically, there are a few specific things we require from our sisters. Every two weeks, girls are expected to compile a set number of study points, based off of their current GPA. These can be earned many different ways, such as spending an hour in the library, getting an A on a test, or completing a study guide. The penalty for failing to accumulate these points grows more severe each time. We want to make it clear to every sister in the chapter that school comes first! Of course, we understand that mistakes happen, but while chapter events can always be redeemed, the same cannot be said for grades! Another major requirement for Delta Eta sisters is that they must complete 24 service hours each year. This is adjusted for new members by cutting that time in half (12.5 hours), taking into account that they have less time to complete them. Finally, members will be asked to complete 'pearl points.' These are points earned by going to chapter events, attending other fraternity or sorority events, and attending campus events. These points are not mandatory, but 800 points are required if a member wants to attend formal, or semi-formal.
If you have any more questions, not addressed on this page, please don't hesitate to contact us! The information to do so can be found under the "Contact Us" section of our site.