Forming a Student Local Section

Lead the way for a new IH Community at your college or university by setting-up an AIHA Student Local Section.

What to Do

In order to set-up an AIHA Student Local Section, the following must be done:

  • Secure a faculty member of the college/university willing to serve as a faculty advisor to the student section (faculty member/advisor must be a National AIHA member in good standing)

  • Using a copy of the model student local section bylaws, draft a set of bylaws for the prospective student section. 

  • If necessary, seek appropriate approval from the college/university for the establishment of a new student organization.

  • Contact the closest AIHA local section to the university/college student section to seek sponsorship for the student section. The following items should be sent to the sponsoring local section for review and approval:

    • Draft Bylaws
    • Dues requirements

  • The sponsoring local section president must send a written notification to the student section and to AIHA to indicate their intent of sponsoring the student section and their approval of the student section’s bylaws and dues.

  • Upon receiving the written notification from the sponsoring local section and a copy of the student local section draft bylaws, AIHA and the Local Sections Council Officers will review the materials to ensure all requirements are fulfilled. If fulfilled, AIHA will contact the student local section so they may begin their organizational activities (organization meetings, membership drives, officer elections, dues collection, and regularly scheduled monthly meetings.)

  • Once officer elections have been completed, student section bylaws are to be signed by the new student section president and faculty advisor, and the appropriate section officer should forward copies of fully signed bylaws to the sponsoring local section and to AIHA.

    • The student section should also include in their correspondences the names of elected officers and indicate the contact person's name and school or home address for all future correspondences from the sponsoring local section and/or national AIHA.

  • All proposed amendments  must be approved by the sponsoring local section. Proposed bylaws amendments must be forward to the local section for review, approval, and signoff prior to adoption by the student section.  

Helpful Guidelines

For Students and Faculty Advisor:

For Sponsoring Local Sections: