As of October 1, 2007, all Kappa Alpha Order new members, existing members, and alumni making claims for personal injury, claims for damages to property, or disputes of any nature, will be referred for resolution through the Kappa Alpha Order Claims and Dispute Resolution Plan. This means that after October 1, 2007, you and Kappa Alpha Order will be bound to use the Claim and Dispute Resolution Plan as the primary and sole means of dispute resolution. If you are unable to resolve a claim or dispute arising out of your membership or participation in Kappa Alpha Order-related activity, under the terms of the plan, the claim or dispute will be submitted to binding arbitration instead of through the courts. If legal action is instituted, the court will be requested to refer the matter back to the Claim and Dispute Resolution Plan for final resolution.
This plan is binding on all Kappa Alpha Order new members/pledges, existing members, alumni chapters, house corporations, foundations, alumni organizations, and the National Fraternity. Your decision to join or accept membership or continue current membership means you have agreed to and are bound by the terms of this program as contained in the plan document and rules. Linked below are the complete copies of both.
This will be true both during your membership and after your membership should you terminate for any reason. Likewise, the terms of the Claim and Dispute Plan are binding on Kappa Alpha Order; the terms can only be modified by providing advance notice of the change to members. While both you and Kappa Alpha Order retain all substantive legal rights and remedies under this plan, you and Kappa Alpha Order are both waiving all rights which either may have with regard to trial by jury for personal injury, property damage, contract or any other related matters in state or federal court. This Plan covers any legal or equitable claim for personal injury, property damage, equity or breach of contract, arising out of any tort, statute, contract or law.
Making this plan available to all Kappa Alpha Order members and new members is a part of our continuing commitment to create an environment where members are enabled to participate in constructive communication.
By implementing this plan at large, Kappa Alpha Order joined the ranks of many other successful, diverse organizations that have developed similar programs. Our hope remains that few, if any, members will have the occasion to use this plan. But, should you have concerns with the Order, with your chapter or co-members, you will have access to an orderly, fair process that serves to resolve those concerns.