What is an ASSE Student Section?
The ASSE Student Section is designed for students who are pursuing a career in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) fields. ASSE seeks to provide additional opportunities for students to learn more about their chosen areas of study, as well as promote interaction between students and safety professionals.
A Student Section may be formed at any accredited institution of higher education that offers a minimum of a two-year Associate degree in SH&E or a minimum of a two-year Associate degree with courses offered in SH&E. Other requirements include an initial membership of ten (10) or more ASSE Student Members.
Responsibilities of the Student Section to the Faculty Advisor
The Faculty Advisor and the Student Section Officers must work together often. The Student 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 the members of the Student Section, ASSE Headquarters, the sponsoring Chapter, or at the university
- Keep the Faculty Advisor informed of all issues pertinent 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 telephone numbers and addresses, for submission to ASSE Headquarters
- Provide Faculty Advisor with list of student section members attendance sheet after every meeting
- View the Faculty Advisor as a valuable resource in matters of university policy
Organizing an ASSE Student Section will provide hands-on and first-hand opportunities for interaction with safety professionals, tours, and in-depth discussions of topics that may not be discussed in a typical classroom. The organization may be developed independently of the Parent Chapter or with the Parent Chapter, may cooperate in joint programs, or may use the Parent Chapter's influence/expertise.
The following are some suggested program ideas:
- Obtain graduates of degree program or parent chapter members as speakers
- Conduct a program on school time as part of the existing courses scheduled at that time
- Have a short business session with longer time devoted to program discussion
- Vary topics depending upon interest levels of students
The first meeting of the year, which will more than likely include several new student members, should cover the purpose of the Student Section, semester and/or year goals, available services, and the role of the safety professional in general, including required training and potential job opportunities. All other meetings should be scheduled on a monthly basis. Annual program planning is necessary and should be accomplished before the start of the next school year.
The regular meeting should include a business session as well as a program. Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall be followed.
The Student Section may want to investigate social and service activities. Seasonal social events, banquets or get-acquainted parties may be effective means of recruiting new student members or highlighting special accomplishments of the Student Section. Service activities can provide good publicity for the Student Section as well.