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.
Benefits of Recognition
Recognized Student Organizations can take advantage of a variety of benefits:
- MU Engage web page for the organization.
- Reserve University facilities at little to no cost.
- Opportunity to receive student fee funding. Student organization funding is generated through student fees.
- Access to exclusive resources like screen printing, professional design services, ORG office and storage space and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2020-2021 Recognition Periods
Applications open at 8 a.m. on the first date and close at 5 p.m. on the last date.
|Period 1||Aug. 30-Sept. 11, 2020|
|Period 2||Nov. 1-Nov. 13, 2020|
|Period 3||Jan. 31-Feb. 12, 2021|
Recognition Period Frequently Asked Questions
After Recognition/Maintaining Recognition