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Our student sections are member communities specifically for student members aspiring to become safety professionals — offering leadership, education and networking opportunities.

The Benefits of ASSP Student Sections

ASSP student sections exist at select colleges and universities. They are designed for student members pursuing careers in the occupational safety and health (OSH) field. They provide additional opportunities for students to learn more about their chosen areas of study, promote interaction between students and safety professionals, and offer excellent, resume-building leadership opportunities for student section officers. Because student sections are housed at colleges and universities and supported by nearby ASSP chapters and regions, these groups offer the added benefit of local networking. Interested in joining a student section?

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How ASSP Supports Student Sections

Student sections require guidance and assistance from ASSP parent chapters to facilitate their success. In addition, ASSP oversees faculty advisors and provides guidelines for student section structures and meetings. ASSP maintains a database of all student section members, provides free access to the digital edition of Professional Safety and informs all student members, faculty advisors, chapter student section liaisons and chapter presidents of newsworthy events through monthly communications with students.

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ASSP Student Section List


REGION I

Parent Chapter Name

Student Section Name

Location

Alaska

University of Alaska Anchorage

Anchorage, AK

Bakersfield

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield

California State University, Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield

Taft College

Taft, CA

Columbia-Willamette

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Hawaii

Honolulu Community College

Honolulu, HI

Orange County

California State University, Fullerton

Fullerton, CA

Puget Sound

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA

Sacramento

California State University, Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

REGION II

Parent Chapter Name

Student Section Name

Location

Arizona

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Arizona

Prescott, AZ

Arizona GateWay Community College

Phoenix, AZ

Big Sky

Montana Tech

Butte, MT

Craters of the Moon

Brigham Young University - Idaho

Rexburg, ID

Rocky Mountain

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

Arizona  

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

Utah

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT

Utah

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

REGION III

Parent Chapter Name

Student Section Name

Location

Central Texas

Texas A&M University System

College Station, TX

Central Texas

Texas State Technical College - Waco

Waco, TX

Coastal Bend

Del Mar College

Corpus Christi, TX

East Texas

Kilgore College

Kilgore, TX

Gulf Coast

College of Mainland

Texas City, TX

Gulf Coast

University of Houston - Clear Lake

Houston, TX

Gulf Coast

University of Houston - Downtown

Houston, TX

Gulf Coast

San Jacinto College

Pasadena, TX

Oklahoma City

University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, OK

Oklahoma City

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK

Southwest

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Durant, OK

Tulsa

Northeastern State University, Tahlequah

Tahlequah, OK

Tulsa

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow, OK

REGION IV

Parent Chapter Name

Student Section Name

Location

Alabama

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Alabama

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL

Alabama

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

Bayou

Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, LA

Central Florida

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Daytona Beach, FL

Greater Baton Rouge

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA

Greater Baton Rouge

Southeastern Louisiana University

Hammond, LA

Mobile

Columbia Southern University Orange Beach, AL

North Alabama

Athens State University

Athens, AL

North Florida

Gator Safety Professionals (UFL)

Gainesville, FL

REGION V

Parent Chapter Name

Student Section Name

Location

Badgerland

University of Wisconsin, Platteville

Platteville, WI

Central Illinois

Illinois State University

Normal, IL

Great Plains

Wayne State College

Wayne, NE

Greater Chicago

University of Illinois Chicago

Chicago, IL

Hawkeye

Iowa State University

Ames, IA

Heart of America

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO

Heart of America

Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, KS

Northeastern Illinois

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb

DeKalb, IL

Northwest

University of Minnesota, Duluth

Duluth, MN

Northwest

University of Wisconsin, Stout

Menomonie, WI

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

Whitewater, WI

REGION VI

Parent Chapter Name

Student Section Name

Location

North Carolina

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

Star Valley

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Tarheel

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

Triad

North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

Greensboro, NC

REGION VII

Parent Chapter Name

Student Section Name

Location

Central Indiana

Indiana University Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

Central Indiana 

Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN

Central Indiana 

Purdue University West Lafayette, IN

Greater Detroit

Oakland University

Rochester, MI

Greater Detroit

University of Findlay

Findlay, Ohio

Kitty Hawk

Wright State University

Dayton, OH

Louisville

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, KY

Louisville

Indiana University Southeast

New Albany, IN

Greater West Virginia

Fairmont State College

Fairmont, WV

Greater West Virginia

Marshall University

Huntington, WV

Greater West Virginia

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

Purchase Area

Murray State University

Murray, KY

Southwestern Ohio

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

West Michigan

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI

REGION VIII

Parent Chapter Name

Student Section Name

Location

Central Pennsylvania

Millersville University

Millersville, PA

Genesee Valley

Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY

Granite State

Keene State College

Keene, NH

Greater Boston

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA

Greater Boston

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell, MA

New Jersey

New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ

Western Pennsylvania

Thiel College Greenville, PA

Western Pennsylvania

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana, PA

Western Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock University

Slippery Rock, PA

Region IX (International) 

Parent Chapter Name

Student Section Name

Location

India

NICMAR - Hyderabad

India

India

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES)

Dehradun, India

Nigeria Nigeria Student Section Nigeria
Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology Taxila Punjab, Pakistan

 

ASSP Student Section Qualifications

ASSP student sections must meet the following criteria:

  • They must be formed at any accredited institution of higher education that offers a minimum of a two-year associate degree in OSH or a minimum of a two-year associate degree with courses offered in OSH
  • They must have an initial membership of 10 or more ASSP student members
  • They must have a faculty advisor who is an active member of the parent chapter

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Student Section Leadership

ASSP student section officers must be active ASSP student members with good standing. Officer duties and time commitments vary greatly among student sections. The officer position descriptions here and estimated time commitments may be modified to fit the responsibilities of officers at specific sections. For more information or to get involved, contact the faculty advisor or an officer for your student section.

President

Purpose: The student section president provides direction and support to the section to create a meaningful and high-quality experience for section members.

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Key Responsibilities:
  • Provide direction to the student section that is consistent with the section’s bylaws as well as ASSP’s mission and vision statements, goals and code of professional conduct
  • Chair to all section executive committee meetings and section general membership meetings
  • Lead section executive committee in the development and execution of strategic activities related to succession planning and section sustainability
  • Appoint standing committee chairs and members to special committees as needed

Support

  • Transition meeting with outgoing student section president
  • Additional support available from faculty advisor, chapter president and ASSP Student Services

Benefits

  • Opportunity to develop transferrable leadership, strategic planning and project management skills
  • Opportunity to start growing professional networks

Time Commitment

  • Term of office: Minimum 1 year, July 1 - June 30
  • Average hours per month: Up to 10 to 15 hours

Qualifications

  • Must be an ASSP student member in good standing
  • Have or be willing to develop strong leadership, strategic planning and project management skills
  • Have or be willing to develop an understanding of section and ASSP structure and strategic direction
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting and communicate with diverse audiences

Specific Duties

  • Submit annual leadership report to chapter before May 31
  • Ensure that the section treasurer submits the annual financial report to the chapter before May 31
  • Ensure that student section bylaws are reviewed by all new incoming leadership
  • Oversee bylaws revision process, as needed, ensure the changes conform in principle to the current ASSP Model Student Section Bylaws and are approved by the area director and regional vice president
  • Support the section’s succession planning efforts through volunteer recruitment, delegation and mentoring
  • Assist in distributing information from ASSP or the parent chapter to members as necessary
  • Ensure orderly transition and transfer all duties and records to succeeding student section president

Vice President

Purpose:The student section vice president assists the section president in providing direction and support to the section to create a meaningful and high-quality experience for section members.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Support the student section president in providing direction to the section that is consistent with the section bylaws, as well as ASSP’s mission and vision statements, goals and code of professional conduct.
  • Work with student section president and executive committee to develop and execute strategic activities related to succession planning and section sustainability
  • Serve as acting president in absence of the section president (see student section president position description), including representing the president as requested
  • Assist with planning and attend section executive committee and general membership meetings
  • Supervise the activities of section committees as agreed upon
  • Perform other duties as agreed upon with the student section president or executive committee

Support

  • Transition meeting with outgoing student section vice president
  • Additional support available from faculty advisor, student section president and ASSE Student Services

Benefits

  • Opportunity to develop transferrable leadership and strategic planning skills
  • Opportunity to begin growing professional networks

Time Commitment

  • Term of office: Minimum 1 year, July 1 - June 30
  • Average hours per month: 10 to 15 hours

Qualifications

  • Must be an ASSP student member in good standing
  • Helpful to have or be willing to develop strong leadership and project management skills
  • Must have or be willing to develop an understanding of section and ASSP structure and strategic direction
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting and communicate with diverse audiences

Specific Duties

  • Work with student section president and executive committee to develop and execute an annual plan for the section
  • Assist in the distribution of information from ASSP
  • Support the section’s succession planning efforts through volunteer recruitment, delegation and mentoring
  • Ensure orderly transition and transfer of all duties and records to succeeding vice president

Secretary

Purpose:The student section secretary ensures the section delivers a quality member experience by maintaining the section’s historical records.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain and retain all student section files, including minutes
  • Ensure that members receive timely and effective notices of all student section meetings and functions
  • Attend student section general membership and executive committee meetings
  • Record, distribute and file minutes of all student section and executive committee meetings to student members and faculty advisor
  • Ensure consistent and appropriate messaging across student section communication channels (e.g., website, social media accounts, newsletter, other publications)
  • Maintain an updated membership roster to be submitted to ASSP as appropriate
  • Assist student section president in completing reports

Support

  • Transition meeting with outgoing student section secretary
  • Additional support available from student section president, faculty advisor and ASSP Student Services

Benefits

  • Opportunity to develop transferrable leadership, recordkeeping and communication skills

Time Commitment

  • Term of office: Minimum 1 year, July 1 - June 30
  • Average hours per month: Up to 10 hours

Qualifications

  • Must be an ASSE student member in good standing
  • Have or be willing to develop an understanding of student section and ASSP structure and strategic direction
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting and communicate with diverse audiences

Specific Duties

  • Maintain section meeting attendance records
  • Retain custody of the student section charter and other official documents
  • Monitor all deadlines to ensure compliance with student section charter
  • Ensure orderly transition and transfer of duties and records to succeeding student section secretary

Treasurer

Purpose:The student section treasurer ensures the section’s financial ability to serve its members. The treasurer manages section resources and funds, maintains and updates the section’s financial records, and provides leadership in financial responsibility and fund allocation.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare and manage section operating budget for the fiscal year (April 1 - March 31)
  • Present reports regarding current and long-term section finances to the student section executive committee
  • Share opinions on the section financial position as an elected officer
  • Submits names and fees for membership to ASSP
  • Supervise the receipt and disbursement of funds
  • Attend executive board and student section meetings

Support

  • Transition meeting with outgoing student section treasurer
  • Additional support available from student section president, faculty advisor and ASSP Student Services

Benefits

  • Opportunity to develop transferrable leadership and financial recordkeeping skills

Time Commitment

  • Term of office: Minimum 1 year, July 1 - June 30
  • Average hours per month: Up to 10 to 15 hours

Qualifications

  • Must be an ASSP student member in good standing
  • Knowledge or willingness to develop sound budgeting principles and processes and basic spreadsheet functions for financial reporting
  • Have or be willing to develop a solid working knowledge of the student section financial and general operating guidelines
  • Have or be willing to develop an understanding of section and ASSP structure and strategic direction
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting and communicate with diverse audiences

Specific Duties

  • Transfer financial records from outgoing treasurer to incoming treasurer and ensure orderly transition
  • Maintain current year financial records
  • Report financial information to sponsoring chapter
  • Retain files of bank statements, canceled checks, invoices and vouchers
  • Maintain a ledger of payments and receipts
  • Deposit student section funds
  • Issue monthly treasurer reports

Student Faculty Advisor

Purpose: The faculty advisor must be an ASSP member who strongly supports the Society's functions and goals. The advisor must be an active member of the sponsoring ASSP chapter. A faculty advisor should be assigned to the academic unit that offers the degree program that is intended to prepare students for the safety profession or one of its relevant specialties. The sponsoring chapter should collaborate closely with the faculty advisor.

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Responsibilities of the Faculty Advisor

  • Provide continuity for the organization
  • Be aware of university policies and be able to interpret them
  • Attend regular student section meetings, social events and sponsoring chapter meetings
  • Meet with student section officers before regular meetings
  • Monitor the section’s financial activities
  • Approve a list of student member graduates to ASSP
  • Be familiar with ASSP philosophy and purpose as well as ASSP bylaws and the student section's bylaws
  • Sign social permits, speaker forms and financial forms
  • Encourage student members to participate in activities of the student section and sponsoring chapter
  • Help facilitate a fluid relationship between the student section and sponsoring chapter
  • Suggest suitable service projects
  • Help students develop leadership skills and grow professionally by offering opportunities to acquire greater knowledge and practical experience
  • Advise student section officers and members on program planning

Responsibilities of the Student Section to the Faculty Advisor

The faculty advisor and student section officers must work together often. Section officers are responsible for the following:

  • Inform the faculty advisor, in advance, of meetings and social events
  • Inform the faculty advisor of any changes in meeting times or social functions
  • Plan meetings and programs with the faculty advisor
  • Inform the faculty advisor of any problems that may arise, whether with members of the section, ASSP, the sponsoring chapter or the university
  • Keep the faculty advisor informed of all issues relevant to the student section
  • Provide the faculty advisor with meeting minutes and other documents
  • Provide the faculty advisor with a list of all student section officers, including e-mail addresses, telephone numbers and addresses, for submission to ASSP
  • Provide faculty advisor with copy of student section members attendance sheet after each meeting
  • View the faculty advisor as a valuable resource in matters of university policy

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