Start an Organization
We’re glad you’re interested in starting a new group! Please be aware that this process is extensive and requires a substantial commitment from you. From start to finish it could take several weeks or even months to get a new group officially recognized.
In the 2016-2017 Academic Year, the Organization Resource Group began using a new recognition process for prospective student organizations. Instead of rolling recognition, as has existed in the past, we are utilizing recognition periods. Below you will find an infographic demonstrating the process. The graphic is also hyperlinked with the forms mentioned.
Step One: Attend a New Student Organization Information Session
There will be four New Student Organization Information Sessions around the time when each application period opens. There will be two recognition periods during the Fall Semester and one during the Spring. Individuals interested in starting a new student organization will be required to attend one of the information sessions, before the application period, in order to continue through the recognition process.
Step Two: Submit a New Student Organization Application
On OrgSync (and hyperlinked in the graphic) is a form titled New Student Organization Application. This application will be open for two weeks during each recognition period. When the application opens, you will submit the form, attaching all necessary documentation and materials. This form must then be approved by the prospective organization’s advisor by the application deadline.
Step Three: SOGA Makes Recommendation to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Your materials will be presented to SOGA, a standing committee on campus, by the ORG Vice Chair of Administration. SOGA will look to ensure that a prospective organization does not too heavily overlap with other organizations, that there isn’t a large amount of risk associated with the organization, and that the group’s proposed constitution meets University standards. SOGA will then make a recommendation to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Steps Four and Five: Complete OrgSync Portal and Annual Requirements
If you are approved by SOGA and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, you will work with the ORG Office to set up an OrgSync portal and begin work on your annual training requirements. These include annual administrative training (finance training as well, if your organization will seek ORG funds), and annual registration requests completed on OrgSync. If you are denied by SOGA, you will be contacted by the ORG Vice Chair of Administration.
|I||August 28, 2017 – September 8, 2017|
|II||November 6, 2017 – November 17, 2017|
|III||February 5, 2018 – February 16, 2018|
Things to know about Recognized Student Organizations
Organizations will be student-centered, student-driven and student-led, and participation is voluntary. Control by any outside entity — public or private — or non-student of the university shall not be permitted.
Student organization activities and events are not University activities or events; activities and events held by student organizations are not sponsored or approved by the University. Organizations should assess the risks and liabilities of their activities and determine if they should procure insurance through the agency of their choosing.