Overview: How to Start a Student Chapter
Students Against the Death Penalty has a network of over 20 chapters at schools nationwide. Through their activities, these groups help promote death penalty awarness and activism in their schools and communities. In addition, chapter activities provide the opportunity for students to develop both professional and leadership skills.
Follow these steps to set up your chapter:
- Form a group of at least 2-3 interested students, willing to participate in, and carry out the chapter's mission.
- Get a sponsor for your chapter. This person could be a professor or staff member in your college (optional).
- Elect four officers out of your group to run chapter business.
- Register your group officially with your school. SADP does not require specific names. Here are some names used previously:
Get your chapter affiliated with Students Against the Death Penalty. To begin the chartering process, complete the registration form, and bylaws for your student group.
- Incarceration in Question org (Middlebury College)
- Kansas Students Against the Death Penalty (Kansas
- Notre Dame Against State Killing
- DePaul Students Against the Death Penalty
- Edwrds Amnesty International
Responsibilities of the Student Chapter Sponsor/Faculty Advisor: The Student Chapter Sponsor shall be generally responsible for the activities of the Chapter. Specifically, the Sponsor:
- helps provide continuity from year to year as student leadership and personnel change;
- promotes good student-faculty relationships;
- helps maintain university standards in all activities of the Chapter;
- exercises financial supervision, if necessary, by:
- promoting prompt payment of bills and collection of dues, and
- overseeing the settlement of all accounts in the event of dissolution of the Chapter; and
- represents the Chapter interests to the faculty and administration.
- for high school chapters and underage students, the chapter sponsor must be in attendance at every meeting that is held in the evening. In the event that the appointed sponsor is not available, another faculty member may chaperone the meeting. If both are not available, a local area professional, previously investigated and approved by the school, can be assigned to chaperone evening meetings.
Join SADP email list!
Students Against the Death Penalty strongly encourages all chapter members to join as student members. Membership in SADP has many benefits, including:
- Communications of the SADP, in print and online
- SADP newsletter
- Discussion with other members
- Careerline - Criminal Justice related internship and employement opportunities.
- Opportunities to network with more than 1000 anti-death penalty students Nationwide
If you have any questions about chapter formation, please contact the chapter Coordinator at: