|Q: Who should I contact in case I had a question?|
A: These questions should be forwarded to Ryan Walsh, Alumni President. Ryan can be reached via email or by phone at 610.529.2314.
Q: Where do I send my rent payments?
A: All checks should be sent to our accountant at Theta Chi C/O Kelly Paul 56 Georgetown Chesterfield Rd., Chesterfield, NJ 08515.
Q: Can I pay by credit card?
A: Yes, you can do that right here on this website, which is secure under the donations section or by contacting our accountant, Kelly Paul 56 Georgetown Chesterfield Rd., Chesterfield, NJ 08515.
Q: How much is the security deposit?
A: $500, this is a one time fee.
Q: When will the security deposit be refunded?
A: It will be refunded, minus damages in June once a inventory is completed. Unless damages caused are specific to one person, the total amount of damages throughout the entire year will be split between all of the brothers that lived in, which also includes items on the meal plan or kitchen supplies that have been lost.
Q: Do we have to pay for internet, cable or utilities?
A: No, high-speed internet and cable is provided in each room in the chapter house, it is included in the housing fee. As are all utilities.
Q: Can my son bring a car to the Fraternity House?
A: Yes, there is parking at the fraternity house, free of charge. The spots are reserved first for the brothers that are living in the house, and then the remaining spots can be used for the brothers that live outside of the house. The Alumni Association also pays for a snow plow service that will clear the lot in the event of a snow storm.
Q: My son is going abroad, is their a charge is he moves out of the chapter house in December or moves in, in January?
A: No, all you have to do is send some confirmation to Ryan Walsh that he has been accepted into an abroad program and there will not be any fee charged. If someone was abroad in the first semester or just lived outside the chapter house, than their is no fee to move-in in the spring semester.
Q: My son wants to move out of the fraternity house after the first semester, will there be a charge?
A: Yes, unless he is going abroad. If someone wishes to move out of the house for any other reason, than the standard policy of someone breaking their lease is 25% of the semester's forgone services. So the person would owe 25% of the semester's housing fee.
Q: What happens if the housing fee is not paid?
A: Theta Chi's Alumni Association has an agreement with Syracuse University, that if rent is not paid, than that student cannot register for their classes the next semester. This hold will be lifted as soon as their rent is paid. If the student is a senior, than they will not be able to get a transcript and a collection agency will be made aware of their unpaid balance.
Q: Will their be furniture in my son's room when they move-in?
A: Yes and No. The lease states that the rooms will be unfurnished, but the Alumni Association does supply desks, dressers and mattresses free of charge. There are 20 sets of these each year. If there are more than 20 people living in than these items will be on a first come, first served basis. If you cannot find a mattress, desk or dresser, the Alumni Association will purchase these items, once we are made aware of the shortfall of items. If you purchase your own mattress, desk or dresser, those costs will not be refunded.
Q: Does the alumni association get paid?
A: No, we are all volunteers.
Q: What are fraternity dues?
A: The fraternity dues are set by the undergraduate members of the fraternity. The amount usually changes each semester. These dues pay for national insurance, rechartering fees, social events and other events for the Fraternity. The Alumni Association does not handle this money.
Q: My son is living in, in the fall, can they leave their belongings in the chapter house over the summer?
A: Yes, but these items must be in labeled boxes or bins, and beds, dressers, etc., must have a note with their name on it. Any items left and unaccounted for could be thrown out during our annual summer cleaning. Also, the fraternity house, while it has a security system, is not completely secure during the summer. Any items left are at your own risk.
Q: My son is staying for a class or internship during the summer, can they stay at the fraternity house?
A: No, the fraternity house is closed for the summer at the end of May-mester classes at Syracuse University and opened again in Mid-August.
Q: What is included in the housing fee?
A: A room, meals, internet, cable and utilities.
Q: What should I expect from the Meal Plan?
A: 1) The food service begins on the first day of classes of each semester.
2) Wendy's (our cook) hours are from 10am until 5pm, some days she will be shopping for food and show up a little late, but will not leave early, so that dinner is served as close to 5pm as possible. Lunch will now be served at 12pm. This does not change Monday-Friday.
3) When holidays fall, Wendy (our cook) will take off that day of work, and order food to be delivered on said holiday and someone that is living in the house will be in charge of taking care of it, when it is delivered.
4) Meal Plan: Wendy (our cook) will make the menus, but the actives will have a proactive input as to what is on the menu that is approved.
5) If Wendy (our cook) is sick, she will order food for lunch and dinner for the house.
6) Weekend food: Wendy will make food, including Friday's leftovers, which are enough for the brothers to usually get them to at least Sunday afternoon. Which means, she will be making food for Friday dinner and extra food that will be left in the fridge. There should always be breakfast food out. Wendy will then make lunch for Saturday and Sunday.
7) Breakfast food: There should be cereal, milk, bagels, fruit, etc for the brothers to eat.
Q: What are the brothers' responsibilities, as pertaining to the kitchen?
A: 1) Do not harass the cook, if there is a problem, speak to a member of the Alumni Board about it, if Wendy (our Cook) can not handle the situation.
2) Put away the food, hundreds of dollars of food is wasted by being left out. On Friday's especially, if food is left out and not put away in a timely manner it goes bad and then food on the weekend runs out quicker.
3) Do not waste food, Wendy (our cook) leaves food out in the common areas, that is for consumption throughout the week, it is the brothers responsibility to police this food and not allow people who are not on the meal plan to eat the food.
4) Do not allow brothers or friends not on the meal plan to eat the food, it's your money.
5) The kitchen is locked at night and on weekends for a reason. That is food for later in the semester, not at any time. If you lived in a dorm, you can't break into their kitchen, even if you paid for the dorm meal plan. Do not attempt to break into the kitchen.
6) Report any problems directly to the alumni board.
Q: When are your bills due for housing?
Q: How much do I save for my son living in Theta Chi vs. on-campus housing?
A: The housing fee for each semester in 2010-2011 is $4200, which includes meal plan. Theta Chi's Meal Plan is somewhere between a 10-14 meal plan per week. Syracuse's meal plan alone cost $3010 for a 14 meal plan or $2595 for a 10 meal plan. An open double room on-campus is on average around $3550. On average, you will save more than $2000 per semester.
Q: How much do I save for my son living in Theta Chi vs. off-campus housing?
A: Rent for off campus housing is on average $750 per month. Which is about $3000 per semester. This does not include cable, internet, utilities or meals which are included when you live in Theta Chi.
Q: What information needs to be sent back to the Alumni Corporation?