How to Start an It’s On Us Campus Chapter 

 

What is the goal of an It’s On Us Chapter? 

It’s On Us chapters build a team of dedicated student leaders who promote sexual violence awareness, teach bystander intervention, and support survivors on campus. It’s On Us chapters are critical in changing the culture on campus around sexual assault.

 

What do It’s On Us Chapters do? 

It’s On Us chapters establish a team, plan and host events, and conduct educational programs and training such as bystander intervention courses with their peers on campus in order to awareness about sexual violence on campus, prevent it from happening in the first place, and supporting survivors.

 

How do I start a Chapter on my campus? 

To start an It’s On Us chapter on campus, you must identify a student to apply as to be the Campus Organizer. Campus Organizers will serve as the “President” of the It’s On Us chapter on their campus. Campus Organizers are responsible for convening their general membership regularly and structuring their chapter leadership board in ways that make sense for their campus climate, institution, and team. Each campus will have one campus organizer. Larger institutions may be represented by two campus organizers, but the applicants must apply together as co-applicants. All chapters are encouraged to secure an advisor who is an employee of the school. All chapters will be required to register the executive board members by September 30 of the academic year. At least one member of the executive board must be an underclassmen as a measure of ensuring sustainability from year to year. Chapters are encouraged to become an official student group at their institution in order to receive access to funding, use of space on campus, etc., although this is not required. 

 

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Does the Chapter have to be a standalone program on campus or can it run under an office such as the Women’s Center, Wellness Center, etc.?

Yes, chapters are allowed to be under and/or affiliated with other departments/centers on campus if that is what makes the most sense for the campus climate, culture, and structure.

 

Who can start a Chapter?

 

Can I start a Chapter if I am a currently enrolled student at a U.S.-based college or university?

YES! Absolutely. We welcome Chapters from traditional four-year colleges and university, community colleges, Tribal Colleges, and more. 

 

Can I start a Chapter if I am in High School?

Unfortunately, no. Currently, It’s On Us does not have the capacity to organize at high schools. This is something we hope to do in the near future, and we’ll keep everyone posted as those plans shape up. Of course, high school students are welcome to take the It’s On Us Pledge and we welcome you to support our content on social media and share our PSAs. As always, our free resources are accessible to everyone.

 

Can I start a Chapter if I am not enrolled in a U.S.-based college or university?

No. If you are not currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university, you may not start a chapter. The It’s On Us Campus Organizing Program is currently only available to student who go to a U.S. college or university.

 

How can I support starting an It’s On Us Chapter as a faculty/staff member?

As a faculty or staff member on campus, you might consider becoming the staff/faculty advisor for the chapter. Again, all chapters are encouraged to become official student organizations, but it is not a requirement. If an It’s On Us chapter does not yet exist on your campus, you might want to consider circulating the registration form to students you know who would be a good fit as Campus Organizer.

 

Do I have to be a survivor of sexual violence to start or be part of an It’s On Us Chapter?

No. It’s On Us is grounded on the principle of calling everyone in to being a part of the solution. If we all work together, we believe that we can create a world where everyone recognizes that all nonconsensual sexual acts are sexual assault, is able to recognize situations in which sexual assault may occur, intervenes in situations where consent has not or cannot be given, and creates an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

 

Funding

 

How much does it cost to start a Chapter?

Nothing. There are no annual dues for being an It’s On Us chapter.

 

How much should we plan to raise or ask for in our budget as a student group on campus?

We’ve seen chapters budget anywhere between $250-$5,000 per academic year for programming and putting on events. We encourage you to map out your plans for the year based off the and estimate approximately what you need to meet your goals/outcomes based on those plans.

 

How do Chapters raise money?

Chapters are usually entitled to some level of funds through their school’s budgeting process for official student organizations. The process varies campus to campus, but typically involves a chapter submitting a proposal or budget to the student government association (SGA), which then decides to award some or all of the requested funds. Chapters also engage in fundraising efforts to support their work on campus such as asking for in-kind donations from local businesses, holding bake sales, hosting competitions among greek houses, etc.

Check out our Fundraising Guide for more tips and ideas!

 

How to Get Started

 

What is the first step to starting an It’s On Us Chapter?

The first step to starting an It’s On Us chapter is to fill out our student leader application form. To start an It’s On Us chapter on campus, you must identify a student to apply as to be the Campus Organizer. Campus Organizers will serve as the “President” of the It’s On Us chapter on their campus. Campus Organizers are responsible for convening their general membership regularly and structuring their chapter leadership board in ways that make sense for their campus climate, institution, and team. Each campus will have one campus organizer. Larger institutions may be represented by two campus organizers, but the applicants must apply together as co-applicants. All chapters are encouraged to secure an advisor who is an employee of the school. All chapters will be required to register the executive board members by September 30 of the academic year. At least one member of the executive board must be an underclassmen as a measure of ensuring sustainability from year to year. Chapters are encouraged to become an official student group at their institution in order to receive access to funding, use of space on campus, etc., although this is not required. 

 

How do we identify a faculty/staff advisor for our Chapter?

Any staff/faculty member can be an advisor for your chapter. In the past, we have seen Title IX Coordinators, Deans of Student Affairs, Woman Studies Department Heads and Professors, Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinators, Directors of Student Activities or Student Life, and more serve as faculty/staff advisors.