Parents Frequently Asked Questions
What an exciting time… dropping your daughter off at college; the true test of years of parenting. Will she make good grades? Will she make responsible choices? Will she make positive friends? Here are some common questions asked:
How Much Does It Cost?
Like any other national organization, there are bills to pay to ensure its proper operation. Fraternities and sororities are no different. The fees and dues your daughter pays to Alpha Sigma Tau are used locally and nationally to cover various costs including national philanthropy projects (our national service project is Habitat for Humanity), general chapter management (costs of copies, materials,
postage), scholarship endowments for which your daughter is eligible, upkeep of the chapter’s rented meeting space, and personal items such as her sorority pin and handbooks.
What about alcohol use?
Alpha Sigma Tau, like most national collegiate social organizations, operates under a strict no alcohol policy. Alpha Sigma Tau does not allow alcoholic beverages to be served at any sorority-sponsored event. In addition, AST encourages the spirit of sisterhood and reaffirms the responsibilities of each member toward the reputation of the organization and to other members. Alpha Sigma Tau promotes alcohol awareness educational programming through sorority publications, regional and local workshops, and national conventions.
What about hazing?
The practice of hazing is detrimental to the basic human rights of each individual. It is also illegal in the state of Pennsylvania, prohibited on the campus of The University of Penn State Altoona, and not tolerated by Alpha Sigma Tau. Alpha Sigma Tau believes in the development and education of our members through positive, meaningful, honorable, and enjoyable experiences and activities.
What about my daughter's grades?
Greek organizations expect high academic standards of their members. There is a minimum GPA required before a pledged member may be initiated into Alpha Sigma Tau and for her to maintain voting and social privileges. Also, programs are held (such as study hall by major) within the chapter each semester to help students develop positive study habits. It is a fact that Greek women consistently have higher GPA’s and graduation rates than non-Greek women. Alpha Sigma Tau encourages healthy competition among its members for outstanding academic performance and regularly recognizes members achieving academic excellence.
What can I as a parent do?
During recruitment, your daughter will be making the decision about which sorority best fits her personality and values. If she feels comfortable with our group, we hope she will choose Alpha Sigma Tau. The decision isn’t easy and she may need your support during this time. Once she becomes a pledged member, she will learn about the history and traditions of the organization until she is initiated. It is an exciting time and your daughter will no doubt invite you to several activities throughout the years to come. Look forward to another opportunity to share your daughter’s interests and to continue or strengthen the relationship you created before she became the independent young woman you raised her to be.