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.
Step One: Attend a New Student Organization Information Session
There will be four New Student Organization Information Sessions during each recognition cycle. There will be two cycles during the Fall Semester and one during the Spring. Individuals interested in starting a new student organization will be required to attend one of these sessions in order to progress through the recognition process.
Step Two: Submit a New Student Organization Application
On MU Engage 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 Engage 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 Engage 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 Engage. If you are denied by SOGA, you will be contacted by the ORG Vice-Chair of Administration.
|I||September 1, 2019 – September 13, 2019|
|II||November 3, 2019 – November 15, 2019|
|III||February 2, 2020 – February 14, 2020|