Becoming a New Student Organization
If we don't have it, you can start it! Starting a new student organization is a great learning process. Students develop excellent communication, time-management, and leadership skills - all by doing what they enjoy and sharing it with others! Follow the steps below to get your new organization started:
- Meet with the Student Organization Council (SOC) Executive VP, or the Coordinator for Leadership and Student Organizations, to discuss your potential organization. We will go over the process with you, let you know the expectations of being a student organization, and outline the resources and benefits available to you. The registration process may be different for Greek organizations and sport clubs.
- Find 9 other currently-enrolled students, faculty, or staff that are just as interested in your organization as you are! Membership in registered student organizations must be open to all students without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, citizenship or handicap.
- Find a faculty or staff member that is willing to serve as your adviser.
- Encourage 2 or 3 students to take a leadership role in the organization. This is good experience and looks great on your resume.
- Fill out the New Student Organization Registration Packet on Peay Link (link below) and submit it online. You will need the following to complete the online registration:
- Contact information for your officers and your advisor
- Contact information for your off-campus adviser(s) and national headquarters (if a chapter of a national organization);
- An electronic copy of your Constitution, and any other necessary documents, are required to complete registration. Please ensure that you have utilized the Sample Constituion (link below) as a template for your organization's Constitution
- The contact information of at least 10 members (officers included) to list in the membership section
- The SOC VP will contact you with any corrections that may need to be made to your information or constitution.
- Once you have been approved, complete Officer Training and Peay Link Training.
- Congratulations! You have officially created an organization!
University Facilities Guidelines for Students Organizing a New Student Organization
In order to assist students in their efforts to advertise, plan and organize a new student organization, the University Facilities office has developed the following guidelines:
- Proposed new student organizations must have submitted registration paperwork to Student Life and Engagement.
- Once the paperwork has been confirmed as submitted, University Facilities classify the group as temporary for a period of 1 month (30 days).
- Groups may request weekly meeting space during the temporary period, using the online request system.
- Groups may request up to 4 days for a lobby table during the temporary period, using the online request system.
- Groups may post items on University Center Bulletin Boards during the temporary time. The posting must include the wording “Potential New Student Organization”.
- If, after 30 days, the organization has not been approved, subsequent space requests and postings will be declined. Should Student Life and Engagement request an extension for the group, an additional 15 days will be added.