Kappa Delta Sorority does not tolerate any form of discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, creed, religious affiliation, disability, veteran status, national origin or sexual orientation. We consider for membership all who self-identify as women and who meet our high standards in the areas of character, academics and leadership potential. Kappa Delta in furtherance of our mission remains a woman-centered organization. Members must accept and share in the collective values and experiences of our sisterhood.
In Kappa Delta, we value the unique perspectives and lived experiences each sister brings to our organization. When rooted in care and understanding these differences make our sisterhood truer, wiser and more loving. Kappa Delta is committed to fostering a sorority experience where every sister feels valued and knows she belongs. We will advance an inclusive sisterhood through our initiatives and programs, policies and procedures and organizational operations. We are dedicated to offering equitable opportunities and experiences so each member can grow personally and professionally throughout her lifelong journey. We seek to build confidence in women and inspire them to be active leaders, and we aim to embody that through our dedication to inclusion, equity and diversity.
The mission of the Harm Reduction Policy is to foster a positive, healthy, and equitable social experience that focuses on the safety and well-being of Kappa Delta members and guests. This policy recognizes a set of strategies aimed at the reduction of adverse effects often associated with substance use and other high-risk behaviors. The harm reduction policy reflects each member’s responsibility to make informed decisions, take care of each other, and to prioritize education, wellness, and care.
Include in the Harm Reduction Philosophy the following sections:
The health, safety, and wellbeing of all members and guests of Kappa Delta is of upmost importance. The purpose of this Safe Sister: Amnesty Policy is to encourage and emphasize safety and care as a priority for Kappa Delta members rather than inaction driven by fear of punitive consequences. This amnesty policy related only to action by Kappa Delta headquarters, or local Kappa Delta entities and does not limit the authority of law enforcement personnel or university staff to act as required at the time of an alleged violation of policy, state or local laws.
Kappa Delta strongly advises members to actively seek medical assistance immediately for themselves or others in the event of impairment or incapacitation due to drug or alcohol use by a member or guest of Kappa Delta.
Active assistance activities could include, but are not limited to:
If medical assistance is sought immediately and actively, members could be exempt from punitive consequences. Exemption from punitive consequences will be considered for members who were present and assisted with seeking care for individuals in need. However, meetings with the accountability and support board will still be required. The board will utilize meetings for educational purposes or conversations and still have the right and authority to assign educational directives because of the incident.
Amnesty would not be provided in the following circumstances:
Kappa Delta supports its member’s individual choices regarding their reproductive health. A member may rely upon this amnesty policy and should not be disciplined, nor required to attend an accountability and support board meeting, for her reproductive health choices. Additionally, a member should not be disciplined, nor required to attend an accountability and support board meeting, for supporting, aiding or assisting another individual’s (member or non-member) reproductive health choices.
Hazing is defined as any activity, action taken, or situation created, whether on or off sorority premises, that has the reasonable potential to produce mental, emotional, or physical harm, discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, regardless of the victim’s willingness to participate.
Any form of hazing, regardless of intent, is prohibited in Kappa Delta Sorority.
Kappa Delta is concerned about the human dignity and well-being of all people and expects its members to treat themselves and one another with respect. Hazing is in direct conflict with Kappa Delta’s values and has no place in the lives of those who are building confidence in others.
Kappa Delta does not permit demeaning, undignified or harmful actions in any sorority activities.
No Kappa Delta member or new member should ever engage in or allow any hazing activity, including participating in hazing activities of another group.
Due to the hazing connotations associated with paddles, paddles are prohibited as gifts in Kappa Delta. *For the full Anti-Hazing policy please see the Member Handbook in the opens in a new windowResource Library.
Examples of Hazing Behaviors
Hazing activities and situations include, but are not limited to:
Any member who witnesses or is the victim of hazing should call the Hazing Hotline at 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293) or visit fraternallaw.com/contact/antihazing-hotline. All members are expected to report any hazing activities. The health and safety of members is paramount.
For more information on Kappa Delta’s positions and policies, members may access the Member Handbook by logging into the opens in a new windowResource Library.