Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What if my attendance to the Burns Institute or Growth Summit interferes with class/work?
A. If an attendee is going to miss class or work as a result of the Burns Institute or Growth Summit, there is a letter that can be downloaded here you can provide to an instructor/supervisor. It is highly recommended that attendees notify all instructors/supervisors as soon as possible so they have plenty of advanced notification. Those who wait until the week or day before the Burns Institute or Growth Summit tend to find unsympathetic instructors and supervisors, causing logistical challenges for the attendee and the chapter/provisional chapter. If these challenges do arise because of procrastination, you are still required to attend the program.
Q. Where are the venues for the Burns Institute located?
A. The Burns Institute will take place in three simultaneous locations:
- Atlanta Airport Westin – 4736 Best Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30337
- Indianapolis Airport Crowne Plaza – 2501 S. High School Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46241
- St. Louis Airport Marriott – 10700 Pear Tree Lane, St. Louis, Missouri 63134
Q. Where is the venue for the Growth Summit located?
A. The Growth Summit will take place at the Indianapolis Airport Crowne Plaza - 2501 S. High School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46241
Q. When do I need to arrive to the Burns Institute or Growth Summit?
A. Check-in for the Burns Institute or Growth Summit will take place from 2-5 p.m. EST (CST for St. Louis). Attendees should arrive no later than 5 p.m. to ensure they are able to check in with the program, as well as the hotel, in time to be ready for the start of the program at 6 p.m. If the Fraternity is booking your flight, you will be placed on a flight that allows you to arrive in time for check-in. If no flights are available to get you to the program in time on Friday, your flight may be booked for Thursday, January 17, 2019.
Q. Does the Fraternity offer financial assistance for travel?
A. Alpha Sigma Phi is happy to provide chapters or provisional chapters flying to all three locations for the Burns Institute a $200 per attendee travel grant to subsidize travel costs; we are happy to provide this travel grant thanks to the generous support from alumni donors. This grant only applies to groups outside of a 450-mile radius from the hotel in the location they are attending. Fraternity Staff will book your flight arrangement based on information indicated on registration, and any remaining balance will be placed on your chapter or provisional chapter’s statement.
Q. What transportation method is available to get from the airport to the hotel?
A. In all three locations, there will be a free shuttle service taking attendees from the airport to the hotel on Friday, and from the hotel back to the airport on Sunday. Make sure you look for the correct shuttle with the name of the hotel on the sign.
Q. Are my meals provided?
A. The Burns Institute and Growth Summit will provide attendees with the following meals; Friday dinner and late evening snack; all three meals on Saturday plus a late evening snack; and breakfast on Sunday. If an attendee needs additional snacks or beverages, he is encouraged to bring those with him or to bring some spending money. Attendees with dietary needs should communicate those needs on their registration form. Every effort will be made to accommodate dietary needs communicated in advance.
Q. What is the price of parking at the hotel?
A. In Indianapolis and St. Louis, the hotels offer complimentary parking for all guests. In Atlanta, the hotel offers parking at a discounted rate of $16.80 per day.
Q. What is the Fraternity’s cancellation policy for the Burns Institute or Growth Summit?
A. The registration deadline is Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Cancellations and replacements can be made through the cancellation deadline on Friday, November 30, 2018. After the cancellation deadline, only replacements are accepted. In the event an attendee needs to cancel or be replaced, he must notify Fraternity Headquarters staff by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone calls are not an accepted form of cancellation or replacement.
Members who cancel after the cancellation deadline, do not show up to the program or are asked to leave the program for violating the expectations agreement will be billed for the true cost of attending the program ($500) as well as any travel funds paid on their behalf by the Fraternity. Members who make replacements after Friday, November 30, 2018 will also be billed for the cost of any travel funds paid on their behalf by the Fraternity if names are not able to be changed on flight tickets. Said members will be individually responsible for those costs and could be sent to collections for failure to pay.