Updates to our Health & Safety Suite

Our commitment to creating the safest space for women at college.

Since 1899, Alpha Sigma Tau has been committed to providing women a Sisterhood where members feel safe and protected—both physically and emotionally. In recent years, we amplified education initiatives and expectations related to physical safety, but we also recognize our members’ need for emotional safety. When our Sisters are equipped with the tools and resources to navigate difficult situations related to mental health, Alpha Sigma Tau becomes a stronger Sisterhood.

We are proud to introduce a reorganization of our health and safety initiatives—an approach focusing on both the physical and emotional health and wellness of our members.

Our health and safety suite of education now includes the following topics:

Mental health and wellness

Mental health challenges have been on the rise for college students, and with the increased challenges our world is facing, our members need mental health resources and support now more than ever.

Alpha Sigma Tau has recently launched two new mental health and wellness initiatives:

  1. Free and confidential mental health screenings 
  2. Our new Mental Well-Being for Students course. 

Mental health screenings are available to all Alpha Sigma Tau collegiate and alumnae members. The Mental Well-Being for Students course is designed specifically for and only available to collegiate members. Both resources are accessible at mentalhealth.alphasigmatau.org and to new and collegiate members through MCR > Resources > Programs.

Healthy relationships, sexual violence, and bystander intervention

With sexual assault and relationship violence still a common threat for women, we are continuing to offer Sexual Assault Prevention to all collegiate members and advisors. Sexual Assault Prevention equips members with the tools they need to navigate situations involving consent, sexual assault, bystander intervention, and healthy relationships. As a women’s organization, we believe it’s critical that our members are prepared and empowered to keep themselves and others safe.

Accessible to new and collegiate members through MCR > Resources > Programs.

Navigating difficult situations at college

College is full of new experiences, and sometimes these situations can be risky. CommunityEdu equips members with the tools they need to make good decisions related to alcohol awareness, sexual assault, and hazing. Through this program, our Sisters are better able to create a healthy, safe, and empowering community.

CommunityEdu has been part of the new member experience for many years, and this year, we are expanding the program to all collegiate members as an annual program. With all collegiate members taking part in CommunityEdu annually, we will be able to continue to cultivate a safer and healthier Sisterhood for all members.

Accessible to new and collegiate members through MCR > Resources > Programs.

Prescription drug abuse prevention

Prescription drug abuse is a growing issue, and opioid abuse is now the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. Now more than ever, students are coming to campus already taking medications that have been prescribed for conditions such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, or pain. It’s critical to equip our members with the right tools to prevent misuse and abuse.

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention is an innovative 40-minute digital course that arms students with the knowledge and skills to make healthy, informed decisions when it comes to prescription medications.

Accessible to new and collegiate members through MCR > Resources > Programs.

Handling difficult conversations with care and concern

Part of creating a safe and healthy Sisterhood is holding each other accountable when Sisters behave in ways that are not aligned with the vision, mission, values, and expectations of Alpha Sigma Tau. Our new Caring Confrontation course, now available in the Alpha Sigma Tau Learning Lounge, gives collegiate members and advisors the skills to have difficult conversations with care.

Accessible to new and collegiate members through the Learning Lounge.

Collegiate Chapter Expectations

At a time when most of our collegiate members are unable to gather in person, these programs are a great way to continue to provide meaningful member development opportunities for members.

Every new and collegiate member of Alpha Sigma Tau will now be expected to complete CommunityEdu every year. New members will continue to be assigned to the course upon completing their self-validation and will need to complete Part 1 and Part 2 in their first semester of membership. Collegiate members will be assigned the course in the fall semester and should complete Parts 1 and 2 in the fall semester.

Each member will also be expected to complete Mental Well-Being for Students, Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, and Sexual Assault Prevention* during the 2021-22 academic year. Future requirements for these courses will be determined following this academic year.

While all courses aside may be accessed at any time, here is a suggested schedule:

  • Fall courses: CommunityEdu & Mental Well-Being
  • Spring courses: Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention & Sexual Assault Prevention

Select officers and advisors (President, Vice President of Organization Development, Vice President of Member Development, Director of New Member Education, and Organization Development Advisor) can view members’ progress on all courses.

*Due to the content of Sexual Assault Prevention, which may be difficult for members who have experienced relationship or sexual violence, this program is expected to be completed by all members who are able to complete it, but not required.

**Updated January 2022 to reflect the change of Not Anymore to Sexual Assault Prevention and GreekLifeEdu to CommunityEdu