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Becoming a New Student Organization

New Organizations

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: 

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. Find a faculty or staff member that is willing to serve as your adviser. 
  4. Encourage 2 or 3 students to take a leadership role in the organization. This is a good experience and looks great on your resume. 
  5. Fill out the New Student Organization Registration Packet (below) and submit it to the SOC office (MUC 211) once completed. The SOC VP will contact you with any corrections that may need to be made to your information or constitution. 
  6. Once you have been approved, complete Presiden't Training and the Peay Link training. 
  7. Fill out the New Organization Registration on Peay Link. Congratulations! You're officially 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.